First responders had not finished counting the bodies, which included those of schoolchildren, when Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., politicized the tornado that devastated Moore, Okla.
In a 15-minute speech on the Senate floor on Monday, Whitehouse blamed the tornado not just on global warming but on Republican skepticism about global warming.
It's a religion to him.
"Here in Washington we feel the dark hand of the polluters tapping so many shoulders," Whitehouse said.
"And where there is power and money behind that dark hand, therefore, a lot of attention is paid to that little tap on the shoulder. What we overlook is that nature - God's Earth - is also tapping us all on the shoulder, with messages we ignore at our peril.
"We ignore the messages of nature of God's Earth and we ignore the laws of nature of God's Earth at our very grave peril."
Whitehouse's argument that God is punishing man for some sin is no more logical than the "God Hates Fags" protests at military funerals.
Make no mistake, his speech was about politics, not science. He also took a swipe at fiscal responsibility.
"So, you may have a question for me," Whitehouse said.
"Why do you care? Why do you, Sheldon Whitehouse, Democrat of Rhode Island, care if we Republicans run off the climate cliff like a bunch of proverbial lemmings and disgrace ourselves?
"I'll tell you why. We are stuck in this together. When cyclones tear up Oklahoma and hurricanes swamp Alabama and wildfires scorch Texas, you come to us, the rest of the country, for billions of dollars to recover.
"And the damage that your polluters and deniers are doing doesn't just hit Oklahoma and Alabama and Texas.
"It hits Rhode Island with floods and storms. It hits Oregon with acidified seas, it hits Montana with dying forests. So, like it or not, we're in this together."
His was a magnificent example of liberal attitudes toward tragedies; they make good props to push a political agenda.