Ocasio-Cortez Gets Torn Into on Twitter for Mocking ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After New Zealand Shooting

Freshman Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) sparked online outrage for the tweet she published Thursday night local time that took shots at those sending “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the Friday mass shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand that ended the lives of 49 people and seriously injured 20 others.

In the tweet, Ocasio-Cortez reacted to the comments made by New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern by taking aim at people sending “thoughts and prayers” to the victims of the vile act, saying:

“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. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs.”

Ocasio-Cortez is referring to the mass shootings that took place at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina in 2015; the 2018 Tree of Life Synagogue shooting in Squirrel Hill, Pennsylvania; and the 2017 shooting at the First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs, Texas.

She went on to ask in the tweet, “What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?”

Ocasio-Cortez followed up her tweet with another, saying that “this is a time of great vulnerability for our communities” and that “[w]e must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors.”

The New York Democrat’s original tweet garnered a lot of negative attention online, with many Twitter users lighting up Ocasio-Cortez for her remarks.

The freshman firebrand and self-described socialist responded to her own tweet an hour later, claiming, “‘Thoughts and prayers’ is reference to the NRA’s phrase used to deflect conversation away from policy change during tragedies.”

Forty-nine people were killed in a pair of planned and coordinated mass shootings at mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand. Three individuals were arrested in connection with the shootings. One of the individuals is expected in court on Saturday.