Trump escalates anti-media rhetoric after wave of violence

Hannah Rogers
October 30, 2018

"President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us", reads an open letter from the Pittsburgh chapter of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

A presidential visit to the site of a tragedy is not necessarily unusual but in the increasingly febrile atmosphere ahead of the midterms - where opposition Democrats hope to take control of at least one house of Congress - Trump's trip is mired in politics.

Police arrived and confronted Bowers as he tried to exit the building, and two officers were injured.

Trump complained Monday night that "CNN and others in the Fake News Business" were "purposely and inaccurately reporting" that he'd called the media the "Enemy of the People".

The man arrested in connection with the mail bomb plot, Cesar Sayoc, was a fervent Trump supporter.

Already, Trump has contributed more to the country's anguish than to its healing by diluting his initially appropriate response to Saturday's massacre. "Fake News Must End!"

"I think it's irresponsible of a news organization like yours to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president, not just blame the president, but blame members of his administration for those heinous acts", fired-back Sanders.

According to a PRRI survey released today, "54 percent of Americans feel President Trump's decisions and behavior have encouraged white supremacist groups, compared to 39 percent who say Trump's behavior has had no effect and five percent who say he has discouraged these groups". If the president travels to Pittsburgh, it is likely that he will only remind everyone of his inadequacies and put his allies on the defensive, trying to explain yet another Trump debacle.

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US Defence Secretary Jim Mattis , and his counterparts in Italy and Germany also participated in the three-day summit. Muscat , however, suspended relations again following the outbreak of the second Palestinian Intifada in 2000.

"And the first three people who are taking care of him are Jewish". "If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him", he told reporters.

"He must have been a real loner or something", said classmate John Korpiel of Wexford, Pa.

Authorities say gunman Robert Bowers made statements about genocide and killing Jewish people.

Rep. Mike Doyle, a Democrat representing the Pittsburgh area, said FBI Special Agent in Charge Bob Jones told elected leaders Saturday evening that Bowers possessed 21 firearms.

Bowers was also charged under state law with criminal homicide, aggravated assault and ethnic intimidation. Other weapons were found in his apartment.

Trump has held a series of rallies for Republican House and Senate candidates across the country in recent weeks.

"It should be up to the rabbis and the families, whether or not they want to take a visit from the president", Doyle said.

"I think he would cause more strife, ill feeling, and sadness", Cecil Sharpe, 92, a long-time Squirrel Hill resident said before the White House announcement. The spokesperson said that the US President and Modi enjoy a strong personal rapport and Trump is committed to deepening the India-US relationship. "Tomorrow is going to be a very tough day for Pittsburgh, saying goodbye to the 11 people who were butchered by this individual".

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