Nicole Malliotakis, who announced her 2020 bid to Congress for NY District 11, has yet to comment on the deadly mass shooting of the Christchurch mosque in New Zealand that occurred on Friday. A gunman carried out the killing of 49 people at two mosques and live-streamed the entire attack on Facebook. Nowhere on the NY Assembly woman’s social media, including Twitter or Facebook, was a statement about the tragedy present. Rep. Max Rose, who is currently seated in Congress and representing District 11, responded to the event:
Horrified by the terrorist attack on innocent worshipers at New Zealand mosques. My prayers are with all those lost, injured, mourning—and Muslims around the world.— Max Rose (@MaxRose4NY) March 15, 2019
The lack of interest or response from Malliotakis on one of the most tragic and viral incidents of 2019 should be concerning to all constituents who expect the Assemblywoman to be in-touch with recent events. In a district where strong leadership will be vital in flipping New York City’s only battle ground borough back to it’s Republican roots, silence is a picture worth a thousand words.
The incident has had a significant effect on American debate, with the left calling for more gun control. Because of it’s virality, social media companies have been called on to enact even harsher algorithms which promote censorship. Republicans should be weary about this, considering a recent study showing conservatives are more likely to be censored over liberals on Twitter in a ratio of 21 to 1.
Both Democrat and Republican officials, included the President, reacted to the harrowing situation:
(“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.)— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 15, 2019
“The United States strongly condemns the attack in Christchurch. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. We stand in solidarity with the people of New Zealand and their government against this vicious act of hate.”— Sarah Sanders (@PressSec) March 15, 2019
My warmest sympathy and best wishes goes out to the people of New Zealand after the horrible massacre in the Mosques. 49 innocent people have so senselessly died, with so many more seriously injured. The U.S. stands by New Zealand for anything we can do. God bless all!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 15, 2019