Thousands Protest Trump Visit to Synagogue

Hannah Rogers
October 31, 2018

The first funerals for the victims of the attack also were held on Tuesday. It is still a crime scene. Ivanka Trump and Kushner followed suit, a few paces behind.

Mr Trump's wife Melania, daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner - who are both Jewish - attended the service, along with thousands of mourners who gave their condolences to brothers Cecil and David Rosenthal and Jerry Rabinowitz, who were killed on Saturday.

The president also met for about an hour with the widow of Dr. Richard Gottfried, who was killed in the attack.

"He wanted today to be about showing respect for the families and the friends of the victims as well as for Jewish Americans", Sanders said.

Trump on Saturday said the outcome might have been different if the synagogue "had some kind of protection" from an armed guard, while Pennsylvania's Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf, up for re-election, noted that once again "dangerous weapons are putting our citizens in harm's way". "And that is the problem", mourner Joanna Izenson told AFP. "He gets up in the morning with new and inventive ways to divide us", US Representative Adam Schiff, a California Democrat who is Jewish, said on CNN's "State of the Union" broadcast on Sunday.

The Steel City is "stronger than the hate", she said.

While the rabbi and many residents welcomed the president to the grieving community, others did not.

President Trump, meanwhile, arrived in Pittsburgh to pay his respects and encountered hundreds of shouting, chanting protesters with signs such as "It's your fault" and "Words matter", a reference to allegations his bellicose language has emboldened bigots. There was at least one brief confrontation with police.

Some complained that the confrontational, nationalistic rhetoric of US President Donald Trump has encouraged right-wing extremists and fed a surge in activity by hate groups. His spokesman said the mayor's "sole focus is on the funerals".

Presidential counselor Kellyanne Conway said the protests were unfortunate. "For the president, it was not a moment for politics".

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"We have to bring this scourge of hatred to end in this country".

The nation's latest mass shooting drew condemnation and expressions of sympathy from politicians and religious leaders of all stripes. "It is the direct result of rhetoric that demonizes Jews and celebrates political violence".

The Synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh has shaken the Jewish community across the country, including the Chippewa Valley.

Their letter, to be published as a two-page advertisement Thursday in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, accuses the president of attacking "globalists" as a code for Jews.

It is understood the alleged gunman was not a Trump supporter.

Trevor Noah's Daily Show audience in Miami cheered loudly Tuesday when he asked if they were excited about the midterms. The two later went to a memorial outside the building and placed white roses and stones from the White House on each of the 11 stars representing a victim of Saturday's shooting. "You can't start putting the responsibility of individuals on anybody but the individual who carries out the crime". "The media wants to go after this president for all the wrong reasons". "But I think he needed to wait". "My mother always taught me that if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say it".

"I am sick and exhausted of this administration", Mr. Biden said at a campaign rally for Democrats in Wisconsin. So, and I really look forward to going. "I'm sick and exhausted of being sick and exhausted, and I hope you are, too".

In recent days, President Trump has weighed in on the issue. "Folks, this is not who we are". "We need to stop pointing fingers and looking for blame".

Bowers made anti-semitic statements as he shot at dozens of Jewish worshipers, according to a federal law enforcement official. Authorities say the gunman tried minutes earlier to enter a black church. Bowers is scheduled to make his first court appearance Monday. He could face the death penalty if he is convicted.

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