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Mitch McConnell's campaign shared a photo of his political opponents' names on tombstones after the El Paso shooting

This tweet was questionable to begin with. The timing made it even worse.

Over the weekend, a mass shooting in El Paso, Texas left 22 people dead, and another in Dayton, Ohio killed nine people. But that didn't stop Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's (R-Ky.) campaign Twitter account from sharing a photo of his political opponents' names written onto tombstones hours after the first shooting happened.

The tweet from McConnell's official Senate campaign Twitter account @Team_Mitch started gaining traction after McConnell's Democratic Senate challenger Amy McGrath tweeted it out on Monday afternoon. Merrick Garland, whose Supreme Court nomination was stalled by and ultimately upended thanks to McConnell, is on another tombstone, as is Kentucky's Democratic Secretary of State Alison Lundergarn Grimes.

The original tweet was posted at 6:35 p.m. on Saturday — hours after news of the shooting started coming out, and just 24 minutes before McConnell tweeted his prayers to the victims and first responders in the El Paso shooting. The tweet was still up as of 2:30 p.m. Monday.