Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Blasts ‘Thoughts & Prayers’ After Right-Wing Attack

After news of the deadly mosque attacks in Christchurch, New Zealand, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted a video of New Zealand Prime Minister Ardern’s response and noted all of the right-wing mass shootings perpetrated at places of worship.

AOC also remarked that the empty gesture of offering “thoughts and prayers” after each of these massacres is not a substitute for effective public policy.

But Republicans on Twitter, always eager to talk about anything else in the wake of a right-wing terrorist shooting, criticized AOC as “anti-prayer.”

Obviously, AOC isn’t criticizing prayer or religion or people of faith (far from it), but right-wing Twitter is notoriously resourceful when it comes to manufacturing outrage, especially to distract from something they’d rather not talk about.

But Ocasio-Cortez wasn’t distracted, she stayed on message highlighting the scourge of white supremacy and the internet’s role in radicalizing right-wing terrorists.

Obviously, President Trump isn’t heeding her advice. In the Oval Office today, Trump used the same language as the shooter, calling immigrants and asylum seekers “an invasion” (the shooter referred to non-whites as “invaders”).

It’s reminiscent of when he pushed the conspiracy theory that a migrant caravan was a Jewish-financed invasion force after the synagogue shooter said the same thing compelled him to attack Jews.

Just like school shootings, the rise in white supremacist terrorism is something future generations are going to look back on and wonder why we didn’t do more to stop it. America has survived many “shameful periods” in our history, but it’s nauseating to be living through one of them now.