Trump didn’t lead or inspire with his remarks, as the president stumbled over his words and seemed unplugged as he read a written statement about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting.
But as you know, earlier today, there was a horrific shooting targeting and killing jewish Americans at the tree of life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The shooter is in custody and federal authorities have been dispatched to support state and local police and conduct a full and thorough federal investigation. This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe, and frankly, something that is unimaginable. Our nation and the world are shocked and stunned by the grief. This was an anti-semitic act. You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day in age, but we just don’t seem to learn from the past. Our minds cannot comprehend the cruel hate and the twisted malice that could cause a person to unleash such terrible violence during a baby-naming ceremony.
This was a baby-naming ceremony at a sacred house of worship on the holy day of Sabet. Persecution of Jews represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. The vial, hate-filled poison of anti-semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears. There must be no tolerance for anti-semitism in America or for any form of religious or racial hatred or prejudice. You know that. You know that very well.
Trump didn’t lead or inspire with his remarks, as the president stumbled over his words and seemed unplugged as he read a written statement about the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting. https://t.co/TU0o85XP4D pic.twitter.com/4ojksmSqXA
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 27, 2018
You know that very well. You’re outstanding people. You were brought up incredibly by outstanding parents, in most cases, and I just want to thank you for your understanding, because today, with one unified voice, we condemn the historic evil of anti-semitism and every other form of evil. And unfortunately, evil comes in many forms. And we come together as one American people. I have just spoken — go ahead. We should. We should. I have just spoken with the Mayor of Pittsburgh, Bill Peduto. Terrific guy. And with the governor of Pennsylvania, who I’ve been dealing with quite a bit lately on the hurricanes and other things, Tom Wolf. Two terrific people. To assure the full and complete resources of my administration in the investigation of this we are praying for the families of the victims, and our hearts go out to the wounded law enforcement officers in Pittsburgh, very badly wounded and very brave.
Trump sounds unplugged when he talks about right-wing violence
Trump is incapable of seriously condemning right-wing violence. He put quotes about “bomb” when he tweeted about the bombing of Democrats and CNN carried out by one of his supporters. He sounded bored and added his infamous good people on both sides comment after Charlottesville and it speaks volumes that the White House had to tether him to a prepared statement when talking about the shootings in Squirrel Hill.
A president shouldn’t need a prepared statement to condemn violence.
On a basic human level, Trump continues to fail America.
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Mr. Easley is the founder/managing editor, who is White House Press Pool, and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, with a specialization in social reform movements.
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