AOC tries to defend herself, but digs deeper when she calls ‘thoughts and prayers’ an NRA distraction phrase

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In response to horrific terrorist attacks committed on several Muslim houses of prayer and worship in New Zealand, socialist congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took to Twitter to mock those who believe in prayer and worship.

“At 1st I thought of saying, ‘Imagine being told your house of faith isn’t safe anymore,'” she tweeted early Friday morning Eastern Standard Time. “But I couldn’t say ‘imagine.’ Because of Charleston. Pittsburgh. Sutherland Springs.”

That part of her tweet was fine. There has indeed been an uptick in terrorist attacks committed in houses of worship. Just to be clear, the attacks she specified occurred in the U.S., not New Zealand.

Sadly, her tweet continued.


“What good are your thoughts & prayers when they don’t even keep the pews safe?” she wrote in a manner that many perceived as teeming with condescension and mockery.

While the left has a history of mocking the “thoughts & prayers” that folks of various religious stripes — Christian, Jewish, Muslim, Buddhist — issue after any calamity, what AOC wrote was to many beyond the pale, given as the estimated 49 Muslims who were murdered Friday were killed while praying.

As political commentator Stephen Miller (not to be confused with White House adviser Stephen Miller) noted on Twitter, “Saying thoughts and prayers do nothing in the immediate aftermath of people murdered while **praying** in their house of worship is the single dumbest f–`king nuclear take I’ve ever seen on this website. Ever.”

Yet when called out for her tone-deafness, she doubled down, 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.”

What does the National Rifle Association have to do with a terrorist attack that occurred in New Zealand? And how is “thoughts and prayers” an NRA phrase it’s used by all religious folks?

These things have nothing to do with each other, yet AOC linked them together anyway. Why? Some think it’s because she’s an “an opportunistic scumbag,” among other things.



What’s she specifically seeking? Gun control, of course. Never mind that one of the terrorist attacks in New Zealand was reportedly stopped by an armed Muslim man.

“A second shooting happened at a mosque in the Linwood area of the city,” The New Zealand Herald reported. “One Friday prayer goer returned fire with a rifle or shotgun. Witnesses said they heard multiple gunshots around 1.45pm. A well known Muslim local chased the shooters and fired two shots at them as they sped off.”

Only seven were killed at the Linwood mosque, whereas 42 were murdered at the al Noor mosque. One final victim reportedly died at a nearby hospital.

Despite the hideousness of her tweets, AOC isn’t actually the first virulently far-left individual to attack “thoughts and prayers” after a mass shooting at a religious facility.

CNN’s Don Lemon and MSNBC’s Joy Reid did the same thing after the Sutherland Springs church shooting in 2017 that left 26 dead, including an unborn child.

For some inexplicable reason the only way the far-left knows how to react to a tragedy is via the use of condescension and mockery to score political points. Sad.



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