While reports about the horrific deadly mass shooting at a Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, are still trickling in, comedian Chelsea Handler took to Twitter to condemn Republicans for lax gun control.
Her accusatory comment directed at Republicans sparked a massive backlash from those that disagree with her characterization of the situation.
On Sunday, the former “Chelsea” host tweeted about the tragedy before any information about the shooter was made public, Fox News reports.
“Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans,” she wrote.
Innocent people go to church on Sunday to honor their God, and while doing so, get shot in killed. What country? America. Why? Republicans.
— Chelsea Handler (@chelseahandler) November 5, 2017
Her comments swiftly received criticism on Twitter with many chastising the star for politicizing the event while it is ongoing.
“The bodies aren’t even cold yet and you are politicizing them. You really have a dark heart,” one user wrote.
The bodies aren’t even cold yet and you are politicizing them. You really have a dark heart. #NastyWoman
— Mark Schneider (@subschneider) November 5, 2017
“You’re a hypocrite and part of the problem with your constant tweets of hate that separates the country,” another said.
You're a hypocrite and part of the problem with your constant tweets of hate that separates the country.
— Luis Esparza (@pjmexihero) November 5, 2017
“Does your career depend on you being a vile, callous person, or is that a personal choice?” a user wrote.
Does your career depend on you being a vile, callous person, or is that a personal choice?
— Michelle Ray (@GaltsGirl) November 5, 2017
Others decided not to mince words and simply shared their unabashed thoughts with Handler.
“You are a terrible human being,” wrote one.
“Are you really that ignorant?” another said.
Take your circus act to another country u dope when was the last time u cared about people that went to church
— SgtMaj-USMC (@retireleo) November 5, 2017
As previously reported, Handler chose to end her Netflix talk show recently after just two rocky seasons in an effort to focus on political activism.
“Like so many across the country, the past presidential election and the countless events that have unfolded since have galvanized me. From the national level down to the grassroots, it’s clear our decisions at the ballot box next year will mark a defining moment for our nation,” she wrote in a statement at the time. “For these reasons, I’ve decided not to return for another season of Chelsea, and instead devote as much time as I can to becoming a more knowledgeable and engaged citizen and to focus on projects that have significance to me.”
As Entertainment Weekly notes, Handler was not the only celebrity to respond to the tragedy. However, she was among the first to challenge republicans politically on the issue.