Ocasio-Cortez challenges Conway on Sri Lanka comments: 'Are you trying to imply that I am less Christian?'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezThe Hill's Campaign Report: GOP beset by convention drama Ocasio-Cortez challenger drops out of GOP primary Ocasio-Cortez posts experience getting antibody tested for COVID-19 MORE (D-N.Y.) on Sunday accused White House counselor Kellyanne ConwayKellyanne Elizabeth ConwayGeorge Conway group lines up body bags in ad hitting Trump on coronavirus deaths White House announces deal to cap insulin costs for seniors Juan Williams: Anti-Trump Republicans flex their muscle MORE of using the church bombings in Sri Lanka as a way to "stoke suspicion" of the first-term lawmaker's Christianity. 

"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," Ocasio-Cortez said on Twitter after Conway called out the congresswoman's "silence" on the attacks. 

"Are you trying to imply that I am less Christian? What was the point of you bringing this up on national TV?"

Conway hours earlier voiced outrage with Ocasio-Cortez for condemning the New Zealand mosque shootings but failing to speak out about bombings at churches and luxury hotels in Sri Lanka that left more than 300 people dead. 

"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 said during a conversation with CNN's Jake TapperJacob (Jake) Paul TapperCNN's Jake Tapper slams 'Trump's unprecedented war on accountability' Ron Johnson says he's not 'crying big crocodile tears' over firing of State Department IG HHS secretary points to 'unhealthy comorbidities' when asked about high coronavirus death rate in US MORE about President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice says it will recommend Trump veto FISA bill Fauci: Nominating conventions may be able to go on as planned Poll: Biden leads Trump by 11 points nationally MORE's response to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2017. 

Trump recently defended his earlier comments, saying there were "very fine people on both sides" at the rally. 

Conway later tweeted that her remarks were in reference to Ocasio-Cortez's "silence about the Sri Lanka massacre of Christians." She also took aim at former President Obama and former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonNew FBI document confirms the Trump campaign was investigated without justification California 25 and COVID-19 The Memo: Trump tweets cross into new territory MORE for describing the people attacked as "Easter worshippers."

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Ocasio-Cortez said in a separate tweet that "the terrorist attack in Sri Lanka was horrifying." She also said that "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."

"You are using this as an excuse to stoke suspicion around my Christianity + faith life," Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. "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."