Conway tears into Ocasio-Cortez over ‘silence’ on Sri Lanka attacks in epic Twitter brawl
Before the two crossed swords on Twitter, Conway took aim at Ocasio-Cortez while speaking about white nationalism and anti-Semitism shortly after a gunman opened fire inside a synagogue near San Diego, California. She pointed out that the social media-savvy congresswoman was there to condemn the New Zealand mosque attacks but missed out on an opportunity to denounce the Sri Lanka bombings that targeted Christians.Also on rt.com ‘They are Christians’: Obama & Clinton lambasted for calling bombed Sri Lankans ‘Easter worshipers’
After CNN journalist Julian Zelizer misquoted Conway on Twitter, wrongly stating that she had called out Ocasio-Cortez for not condemning the synagogue shooting, Conway stepped in, unleashing her wrath on both the journalist and the Rep.
“I was referring to @AOC silence about the Sri Lanka massacre of Christians (not “Easter Worshippers” as Obama and Hillary oddly said),” Conway tweeted
Several prominent Democrats, including ex-President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton took heat on social media after they used the term "Easter worshippers” instead of “Christians” to decry a spate of attacks that targeted three Catholic churches on Easter Sunday. Commentators noted that the politicians did not hesitate to use the word “Muslim” when expressing support for the victims of the massacre at mosques in New Zealand.
Responding to Conway’s jab, Ocasio-Cortez quickly went from the defensive into the offensive mode, tweeting that she was unable to post a tweet because she was visiting her grandmother in Puerto Rico, as it was still reeling from “incompetent disaster response” by the Trump administration.
Hello Ms. Conway,— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 28, 2019
On Easter I was away from tech visiting my grandmother in Puerto Rico, which continues to suffer from the White House’s incompetent disaster response.
Are you trying to imply that I am less Christian? What was the point of you bringing this up on national TV? https://t.co/TIypLf2CaB
Firing back, she accused Conway of politicizing a tragedy by using it as a pretext to “stoke suspicion” around her Christian beliefs.
You are using this as an excuse to stoke suspicion around my Christianity + faith life, @KellyannePolls.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 28, 2019
The Sri Lanka massacre was horrifying. No one should be targeted for their religion.
If you’re so moved, let’s do more to welcome immigrants fleeing religious persecution.
Ocasio-Cortez also defended the wording used by Clinton and Obama to denounce the Sri Lanka attacks, arguing that calling Catholic Christians “Easter worshippers” merely highlights the fact they were targeted on Easter, the holiest day of the year in Christianity.
The terrorist attack in Sri Lanka was horrifying. Saying ‘Easter worshippers’ matters bc Easter is the holiest day of the year for Christians, & to be targeted on Easter highlights how heinous the attack was - just as saying yesterday’s #SanDiego shooting was on Passover.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) April 28, 2019
The lawmaker rounded up her Twitter tirade by eventually condemning the Sri Lanka massacre meanwhile managing to evoke the topic of immigration. “No one should be targeted for their religion,” she wrote, adding: “If you’re so moved, let’s do more to welcome immigrants fleeing religious persecution.”
Conway returned the blow, pointing out that Ocasio-Cortez did not forget to tweet about her upcoming Netflix movie the day after the Sri Lanka attacks and took the opportunity to target her opponent’s “extreme ideas” like free medicine and Green New Deal that “scare” her. In the end, Conway appeared to strike a reconciliatory tone, noting that there can be “areas of bipartisanship” where the two might find a common ground.
1/2: Hi Congresswoman @AOC.— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) April 28, 2019
My best to your grandmother.
My grandmothers are irreplaceable; miss them every day.
Good that you now condemn Sri Lanka massacre. Some found it odd a prolific tweeter was silent. Following day you tweeted about your movie:https://t.co/KERH0AD2jehttps://t.co/CpbunUz6C8
2/2: @AOC you and I agree. I said on @CNN today & elsewhere that people of all faiths should be free from harm.— Kellyanne Conway (@KellyannePolls) April 28, 2019
I judge no one’s faith, incl. yours
Extreme Ideas like Green New Deal & Socialized Medicine DO scare me tho!
Areas for bipartisanship? Call me.
Much work to do 🇺🇸 https://t.co/0t463Hlqw7
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