Trump Experiences Mixed Welcome in Pittsburg

Trump Experiences Mixed Welcome in Pittsburg

President Trump visited Pittsburg in wake of the synagogue massacre. Do you think the shooting could have been prevented?

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The recent massacre of 11 people at a Pittsburg synagogue was the “deadliest anti-Semitic incident in U.S. history.” The heavily armed man who killed these people barged in on a Jewish religious ceremony and opened fire – he proceeded to tell a law enforcement officer, “I just want to kill Jews.”

In the wake of this incident, the President planned a trip to Pittsburg to show his support.

“The President cherishes the American Jewish community for everything it stands for and contributes to our country. He adores Jewish Americans as part of his own family. The President is the grandfather of several Jewish grandchildren. His daughter is a Jewish American and his son-in-law is a descendent of Holocaust survivors,” White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said.

In an open letter to the President, a group of Pittsburg Jewish leaders opposed the President making the trip. The group told Trump that his policies “have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement” and that he is not welcome until he denounces white nationalism.

Tammy Hepps, a member of Bend the Arc: Pittsburg, explained, “The blood of these victims is on President Trump’s hands. He knowingly and intentionally and selfishly for years used the rhetoric to endanger our community and all the other communities that have been on the front line since he took office and even before that.”

Sanders offered a critique for those who think Trump’s policies influenced the attack.

“The very first thing he did was condemn the attacks, both in Pittsburg and the pipe bombs. The very first thing the media did was blame the President and make him responsible for these ridiculous attacks,” she said. “That is outrageous that that would be the very first reaction of so many people across this country. The only person responsible for carrying out either of these acts were the individuals who carried them out.”

Despite some opposing views of the President’s visit, Rabbi Jeffrey Meyers, the leader of services during the shooting, said that “the President of the United States is always welcome.” He explained, “I’m a citizen. He’s my president. He is certainly welcome.”

Do you think the shooting could have been prevented? Read more about this story on CNN here.

Here’s how people on the Zip app are weighing in on this all over the country!

President Trump visited Pittsburg in wake of the synagogue massacre. Do you think the shooting could have been prevented?

30% Yes – there were signs
70% No – no preventing it
32% Yes – there were signs
68% No – no preventing it
27% Yes – there were signs
73% No – no preventing it

Yes – there were signs

No – no preventing it

Trump Experiences Mixed Welcome in Pittsburg

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