As everyone was reeling and trying to take in the shootings in New Zealand at two separate mosques that took 49 lives this week, Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) attempted to smack anyone offering wishes of support to those affected by the terrorist attack. The backlash against her was epic.
A white man from Australia who labeled himself an eco-fascist communist said he was acting against “white genocide” in an 87-page manifesto that was a precursor to him opening fire on two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques. He wasn’t picky about who he killed… women, children, men… he took as many as he could out before moving on to the second mosque. Police also found explosive devices attached to two vehicles outside of the mosques. It was the very definition of a hate crime but it also felt scripted to lay blame on President Trump and guns.
Four people were arrested and Brandon Tarrant, 28, was charged with murder in connection with the mass shootings that took place at two mosques during mid-day prayer on Friday. The first attack, at the Linwood Mosque, resulted in seven dead and ended when an armed congregant pursued the gunmen and fired on them. A second shooting at the Al Noor mosque claimed 41 lives. One later died at the hospital.
The 28-year-old terrorist claimed he chose to use a gun over other weapons because it would spark debate around the Second Amendment, which he hoped would, in turn, spark a civil war in the U.S.
At 1st I thought of saying, “Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore.”
But I couldn’t say “imagine.”
Because of Charleston.
What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?pic.twitter.com/2mSw0azDN8
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held a press conference where she told reporters “my thoughts, and I’m sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders, are with all those who have been affected.”
This led to Ocasio-Cortez sharing a video of the prime minister. Then she laid into those offering thoughts and prayers to those who passed away in the attack and their loved ones. “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” Ocasio-Cortez asked. What an ugly thing to say at such a time or any time in fact.
(“Thoughts and prayers” is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies. Not directed to PM Ardern, who I greatly admire.)
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
Shortly after that vicious tweet, Ocasio-Cortez tried to soften the blow a bit by saying she meant only to criticize “thoughts and prayers” because it was “the NRA’s phrase.” She claimed those offering the phrase sought to “deflect conversation away from policy change.” Just wow. That phrase doesn’t belong to the NRA. It belongs to those who care and have empathy and compassion for the victims. I guess she just can’t relate to that fact.
Someone might want to send a note to Ocasio-Cortez and explain to her that the NRA is an American entity and has no say in New Zealand. Talk about politicizing the tragedy and not letting it go to waste.
Pretty sure thoughts and prayers isn’t anyone’s phrase, and prayer especially (which you mocked earlier after what happened in a house of prayer?) is a real action, a petition to, a conversation with, God — in this case, to request protection, comfort for those suffering.
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) March 15, 2019
From The Washington Free Beacon:
“Dana Loesch, a national spokeswoman for the NRA, responded to Ocasio-Cortez. “Pretty sure thoughts and prayers isn’t anyone’s phrase,” she said. She noted Ocasio-Cortez mocking the perceived power of prayer was a particularly inappropriate response in the wake of a shooting in a house of worship. “[P]rayer especially (which you mocked earlier after what happened in a house of prayer?) is a real action, a petition to, a conversation with, God,” she said.
“The shooter intended for his attack to divide Americans and create political discord. “I chose firearms for the affect it would have on social discourse, the extra media coverage they would provide and the affect it could have on the politics of United states and thereby the political situation of the world,” he wrote in a rambling and sardonic manifesto.
“Ocasio-Cortez claimed she had not intended to criticize New Zealand’s prime minister for having offered her “thoughts” to the victims. Queen Elizabeth of England responded in the same way, saying her “thoughts and prayers are with all New Zealanders.” Pakistan’s prime minister said “prayers go to the victims and their families.” Senior Palestinian official Saeb Erekat offered “prayers and tears.” The United Arab Emirates’ minister of state for foreign affairs said his “thoughts & prayers are with the families of the victims.”
“It is unclear whether Ocasio-Cortez thinks these state leaders mean to “deflect conversation away” from their nations’ strict gun laws.
“President Donald Trump offered his “warmest sympathy and best wishes” to the people of New Zealand in the wake of the “horrible massacre.”
“Ocasio-Cortez has encouraged offering both thoughts and prayers in the past.”
If one of your first 1000 thoughts after a horrific mass shooting is to go dunk on a person, a religious belief or an organization on Twitter, you should delete your account.
— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) March 15, 2019
Ocasio-Cortez’s words ring hollow here and reek of hypocrisy. Last week she did photo-ops with ash on her forehead for Ash Wednesday, now she mocks thoughts and prayers.
Ocasio-Cortez also retweeted an attack blaming President Donald Trump for inspiring the New Zealand terrorists. This woman is using the death of others to politicize gun control and stir animosity against the President of the United States. Unbelievable and beyond shameful.
Just last week, @AOC had ashes on her forehead for Ash Wednesday
Tonight she attacked those who pray pic.twitter.com/wzOnRn7R22
— Caleb Hull (@CalebJHull) March 15, 2019