Ocasio-Cortez Rejects ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ After Attack on House of Prayer

Washington Free Beacon | 3/15/2019 | Mikhael Smits
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BY: Mikhael Smits

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D., N.Y.) pushed back against those offering wishes of support for New Zealand as it reels from a terror attack Friday.

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A terrorist purporting to act against "white genocide" opened fire on two Christchurch, New Zealand mosques earlier Friday, killing dozens.

Shortly after, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held a press conference where he told reporters "my thoughts, and I'm sure the thoughts of all New Zealanders, are with all those who have been affected."

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Ocasio-Cortez shared a clip of the prime minister and ripped into those who offer thoughts and prayers to the deceased and their loved ones. "What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?" Ocasio-Cortez asked.

Minutes later, Ocasio-Cortez shared a second tweet saying she had 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."

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The NRA is an American organization uninvolved in New Zealand gun laws.

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...
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