Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez takes a shot at the NRA after New Zealand shooting: ‘What good are your thoughts and prayers?’
Ocasio-Cortez decided to mock the notion of thoughts and prayers following Friday’s deadly massacre in Christchurch, New Zealand, which took the lives of at least 49 people and many more injured.
Prayers should be appreciated and never mocked.
(“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
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.
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.”
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. More
Every word that comes out of her mouth is whining and complaining about something new. Obama was right about one thing. Americans do cling to our Bibles and our guns.
It doesn’t matter how or if you pray, The First Amendment gives you that right. Condemnation of prayer by a federally elected official is moving dangerously close to a First Amendment violation.
The power of prayer is profound and can never be discounted. Too bad Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and those like her have no clue about how powerful prayer can be. But then again, she’s clueless about most things, including her own stupidity.
Twitter hits back:
Are you kidding me? Since when is sending thoughts and prayers an agenda. I strongly recommend you call your priest this Lenten season. Falta de respecto. Desde cuando.
— Cyn (@CyndiPrisc) March 15, 2019
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
No its a widely used term in response to a tragedy. It has nothing to do with the NRA.
— Lou (@Alyfe22) March 15, 2019
I’ve heard folks say “Sending thoughts & prayers your way” since before I knew who the NRA were. Sometimes when bad things happen to people far away, I feel helpless. Only thing I feel like I can do to possibly help is to get on my knees & pray for folks affected.????????????
— Jill Phelps ????????✌???????????? (@jillphelps41) March 15, 2019
As a minister I would be glad to explain the significance of praying for people during times of tragedy since it’s obvious that you don’t understand it. Your attack on faith is beneath the office you hold.
— David Edwards (@davyed) March 16, 2019