WASHINGTON – Members of Congress Friday offered their condolences to the victims of deadly shootings at two mosques in Christchurch, New Zealand, in which at least 49 people were killed.
We mourn the loss of 49 lives cut short in the horrific act of violence in Christchurch, New Zealand. Islamophobia and such acts of pure hatred have no place in a civilized world.
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) March 15, 2019
The United States stands with the people of New Zealand in their hour of need, and we condemn the hatred and bigotry that incited such a horrific terror attack.
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) March 15, 2019
The Christchurch terrorist attack by a white supremacist against Muslims in their house of worship is sickening and inhuman.
We pray for the victims. We stand with the survivors and the families impacted by this violence.
We will do all we can to help the people of New Zealand.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) March 15, 2019
No one should ever be attacked or targeted for their faith, and I stand with leaders across the world in sending my support to all of those in the Muslim community during this difficult time.
— Steve Scalise (@SteveScalise) March 15, 2019
My heart is heavy with grief for New Zealand & Muslims worldwide affected by the tragic murders in Christchurch. The massacre of those in a house of worship, in prayer, is evil & cowardly. We stand with our friends around the world to condemn hate & speak out against intolerance.
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) March 15, 2019
I’m sickened by the news coming out of New Zealand—the horrific terrorist attack targeting Muslims at prayer that killed at least 49 people.
The rising tide of white supremacy and Islamophobia around the globe must be met with our determination to work against hate.
— Cory Booker (@CoryBooker) March 15, 2019
Bigotry and hate have no place in this country or anywhere around the world. We believe that all people have the right to live without fear – no matter who you are, where you’re from, how you pray, or who you love. We will not give an inch on this – not now, not ever.
— Elizabeth Warren (@SenWarren) March 15, 2019
It makes me sick to think that we live in a world where 49 people can be shot dead while peacefully praying. The terrorist attack in New Zealand is not an isolated incident—the rise of Islamophobia and white supremacy must be met with determination to combat hate in all forms.
— Chris Van Hollen (@ChrisVanHollen) March 15, 2019
Inna lilahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. This is chilling news to wake up to. In the face of this horror, I’m mourning with, and holding our community extra close today.
We must not live in fear. I will be at Jumu’ah today and I hope others will too. Jummah Mubarak.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) March 15, 2019
Omar (Minn.) was born in Somalia. She and fellow Democrat Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) are the first two Muslim women to serve in Congress. Tlaib is of Palestinian descent.
A 28-year-old man has been charged in connection with the attacks and two other suspects remain in custody, according to New Zealand Police Commissioner Mike Bush.
The alleged shooter streamed the attack online, identifying himself as Australian. Shortly after the attacks a manifesto purportedly written by the suspect began to circulate through social media.
The manifesto contains white supremacist vitriol against non-white immigrants as well as references to internet forums used by far-right hate groups.
The manifesto contains a thinly veiled reference to President Donald Trump, whom the suspect described as a “symbol of renewed white identity and common purpose,” but an ineffective leader.
Trump tweeted his condolences to the victims of the attacks on Friday morning. The tweet was preceded by a statement by White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders that condemned the attacks.
A spokesperson for the New Zealand Embassy in Washington referred TMN to the New Zealand police for further comment.