Protests as Trump visits Pittsburgh after shooting

Protests as Trump visits Pittsburgh after shooting

Protests as Trump visits Pittsburgh after shooting

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers, who leads one of three congregations housed in the Tree of Life synagogue building where the shooting took place, said that he would always welcome the president.

The first funeral - for Cecil Rosenthal and his younger brother, David - was set for today. "Screw your optics, I'm going in". "Was he in pain, and he said no, he was fine", Cohen told ABC News.

The city's Democratic mayor, Bill Peduto, urged the president not to come while friends and families were burying their loved ones.

Nearby, a large crowd of demonstrators protested Trump's visit. "And they're heroes. They did like the cops did; they did their job". His mother-in-law often attended services there and knew many of those who were killed.

"The very first thing the president did was condemn the attack, both in Pittsburgh and in the pipe bombs", Mrs. Sanders said.

The White House announced the trip Monday, saying the president and first lady will visit the historic city to "express the support of the American people and to grieve with the Pittsburgh community".

Bennett said that Trump's condemnation of antisemitism after the shooting, including his vow to destroy those seeking to harm Jews, "was the strongest condemnation of antisemitism that I have ever heard from a politician outside the State of Israel".

Earlier on Tuesday, mourners paid their respects to four victims of the massacre.

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Some Pittsburgh faith leaders have said they don't want Trump to visit until he makes a full-throated condemnation of white nationalism, but Sanders said the president has already done so "on several occasions" and wants to comfort victims.

"It's part of his program to instigate his base", Werber said, and "bigots are coming out of the woodwork".

More than 43,000 people have signed the letter, organized and posted online by the Pittsburgh chapter of Bend the Arc, a Jewish organization opposed to what it calls "the immoral agenda of the Trump administration and the Republican Party".

It says the Pittsburgh shooting was the worst attack against the Jewish community in USA history.

Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh, however, said Trump isn't welcome unless he stops targeting minorities and denounces white nationalism. May God grant peace to the dead, healing to the injured, and comfort to the families of those hurt and killed and to all the Jewish Community.

He said he hoped Mr Trump wouldn't visit, noting that the president has embraced the politically fraught label of "nationalist". The media, she said, has "a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of the country".

Rabbi Jeffrey Myers refuses to join the chorus of voices in Pittsburgh who insist President Trump is not welcome in their city as they mourn. I am a citizen.

Other locals said they will survive this incident and be stronger because of it, but will never be the same. He added that it would be "a shame" if the community protested the president's visit.

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