A 28-year-old self-identified white nationalist from Australia has been charged with murder after a horrific mass shooting at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand
At least 49 people were killed during the attacks, which took place around 1:40 p.m. local time on Friday. Investigators have found a manifesto filled with anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant statements that were written in a way that showed great familiarity with the rhetoric spewed by ISIS and al Qaeda, according to CNN.
Politicians around the world, including many Democratic presidential candidates, called for prayers and a renewed battle against hate in all forms. And then Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) spoke up and gave one of the most bizarre, idiotic, and awful tweets of her burgeoning career.
“At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore,’” she wrote very early Friday morning.
“But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs,” the young congresswoman continued, referencing mass shootings on an African Methodist Episcopal church, a Jewish synagogue, and a Baptist church.
“What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” she demanded.
Usually, Democrats follow up that sort of statement with a call for more gun restrictions and confiscations, but firearms are already heavily restricted in New Zealand. So instead of offering any solutions, Ocasio-Cortez simply mocked the prayers of Christians, Jews, and Muslims in a statement along the lines of, “Where is your God now?”
People of varying political and religious persuasions responded in outrage and disbelief at her incredibly insensitive, mindless, and opportunistic response to the mass shootings.
Ocasio-Cortez tried to save face by adding, “This is a time of great vulnerability for our communities. We must come together, fight for each other, & stand up for neighbors. Isolation, dehumanizing stereotypes, hysterical conspiracy theories, & hatred ultimately lead to the anarchy of violence. We cannot stand for it.”
But she didn’t delete her original tweet.
And then Ocasio-Cortez made things political again by tweeting: “(‘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.)”
She was referencing New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who said during her response to the attacks, “Our thoughts and our prayers are with those who have been impacted today,” according to Canada’s National Post.