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Ocasio-Cortez draws heat on Twitter over New Zealand ‘prayers’ comment

March 15, 2019 - 12:26 pm

WASHINGTON (1010 WINS) -- Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez raised the ire of Twitter users with some comments she made in the aftermath of a mass shooting in New Zealand.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said her thoughts were with the victims of the attack on two mosques in Christchurch. She said the shootings can "only be described as a terrorist attack."

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Ocasio-Cortez retweeted a CNN video of the speech and asked 'what good are your thoughts and prayers when they won't even keep the pews safe.'

Other users quickly pointed out that those who were killed had been praying at the time.

Ocasio-Cortez followed up less than an hour later to explain that she was referring to remarks made by the NRA.

“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 wrote.

One person was arrested and two other were in custody Friday, in connection with the massacre of at least 49 people. Prime Minister Ardern called it 'one of New Zealand's darkest days.' Police also defused explosive devices in a car.

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