After Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) sent out a tweet condemning the violence and expressing that the victims and their families were in her prayers, AOC blamed her for the attack: “You have played a major role in elevating anti-LBGT+ hate rhetoric and anti-trans lies while spending your time in Congress blocking even the most common sense gun safety laws. You don’t get to ‘thoughts and prayers’ your way out of this. Look inward and change.”
Ocasio-Cortez then posted a screenshot of the tweet to her Instagram and told followers to “[h]old people who promote bigotry and oppose common sense gun safety accountable.”
“Dehumanizing rhetoric leads to dehumanizing actions, which quickly translates to violence, shootings, assaults, and worse,” she added. “WE keep us safe and that means keeping others safe even if they aren’t in the room. ESPECIALLY when they aren’t in the room.”
Police are investigating the motivation behind the attack; nevertheless, in another tweet also posted to Instagram, AOC highlighted a number of mass shootings in recent years and tagged the Republican Party in the post, implying it bore responsibility in every instance.
“Connect the dots. People who are invested in dehumanizing and disenfranchising others aren’t ‘just joking,’” she wrote in her Instagram post. “Bigots are actually quite serious about getting people to see other communities as dangerous, less than human, inferior or fundamentally broken in one way or another,” she added.
The only bigot here is Ocasio-Cortez, who hates white people and Republicans, and who demonizes them for political gain.