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‘Away From Tech’: AOC’s Excuse For Not Tweeting About Sri Lanka Bombings Doesn’t Hold Up

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Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez responded to criticism from White House counselor Kellyanne Conway about not tweeting about the bombings of Christian churches in Sri Lanka on Easter by claiming she was “away from tech.”

“I see officials who get a lot of airtime and ink like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, congresswoman, who tweets many times about the mosque and never once about the Christians being killed in Sri Lanka,” Conway told CNN anchor Jake Tapper on Sunday during a conversation about President Donald Trump’s Charlottesville response.

“Hello Ms. Conway,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote via Twitter. “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?”

However, while the New York congresswoman’s usually prolific tweeting habit did end on April 18 presumably the day before she headed to Puerto Rico and did not include any tweets on Easter Sunday, her account did include both a tweet and a retweet about the upcoming movie “Knock Down The House.” (RELATED: ‘We Don’t Talk Like That’: Ocasio-Cortez Accused Of Putting On Black ‘Accent’ At NAN Conference)

Further, Ocasio-Cortez presumably returned from her trip, or at least got access to tech, the night of April 24, four days before Conway’s comments.

A Fox News story published Wednesday included several criticisms of the New York congresswoman for not acknowledging the bombings despite the fact that she tweeted several times about the attacks in New Zealand.

The Daily Caller has reached out to AOC for comment on her access to tech during her trip and why she didn’t respond to the bombings in Sri Lanka after she returned until Conway’s remarks. She did call the massacre “horrifying” in two Sunday tweets.

Meanwhile, GOP strategist Andrew Surabian was quick to spot the discrepancy: “Weird, because it looks like the day after the Sri Lanka attack occurred you had enough time & tech to send out a tweet promoting your upcoming @netflix documentary … But nothing for hundreds killed in Sri Lanka? Come up with a better lie next time.”

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