Trump Visits Pittsburgh Synagogue As 2000 Protesters March
Oct 31, 2018, 01:02
Trump had initially called for unity in the face of Saturday's assault on the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, in a week in which prominent Democrats were the targets of pipe bombs sent through the mail, allegedly by a Trump supporter in Florida.
Eleven people were killed and several others were injured Saturday morning when a gunman opened fire minutes after the Shabbat service began at the Tree of Life synagogue.
"[The vigil] shows we're not going to let hate drive us apart", Murphy said.
"It's just a reminder that we have so much work to do as a country to overcome the hate that exist today", said Nauman Wadalwala, Islamic Foundation of Greater St. Louis.
"They didn't do that with Bernie Sanders when he had - they didn't do that with the Democrats when other people came at - they didn't do that with President Obama with the church, the disgusting situation with the church".
Pittsburgh's mayor Peduto said he was also against Trump's visit because it would coincide with the first funerals - David Rosenthal, 54, and his brother Cecil Rosenthal, 59, are due to be buried on Tuesday. "And President Trump, he's so divisive and there's such strong feelings on all sides, it will be a distraction", Diamond said. "I was curious as to what this gentleman was and to make sure he was being taken care of".
White House senior advisers Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner exit Air Force One as they arrive in Pittsburgh to pay their respects in the wake of the synagogue mass shooting.
Around 2000 protesters, including many of Pittsburgh's Jewish community, were waiting for him.
A rabbi asked him to wait at least until the end of shiva. "I usually sit in the back row".
Robert Bowers, the 46-year-old truck driver accused of carrying out the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue, made his first appearance before a federal judge Monday.
Meanwhile, thousands of people gathered in Squirrel Hill for two different protests in opposition to Trump's visit. "You can't on one hand say we should talk to each other, and then I don't talk to him".
In the aftermath of the Tree of Life tragedy, it's now our job to follow in the footsteps of Cohen and his staff by taking responsibility to fix the world.
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