House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-WI, on Monday responded to criticism of his tweet saying the Texas shooting victims “need our prayers,” saying “prayer works.”
“It’s disappointing. It’s sad and this is what you’ll get from the far secular left. People who do not have faith, don’t understand faith, I guess I’d have to say,” Ryan said during an interview on Fox News.
“And, it is the right thing to do, is to pray in moments like this because you know what? Prayer works.”
The argument comes after Ryan on Sunday said the shooting in Texas was “devastating.”
“Reports out of Texas are devastating,” Ryan tweeted Sunday. “The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.”
Ryan faced criticism on Social media as gun control advocates called for action in the wake of the shooting that left 26 people dead.
“And I know you believe that and I believe that,” Ryan said in defense of his tweet.
“And when you hear the secular left doing this thing, no wonder you’ve got so much polarization and disunity in this country when people think like that.”