Trump Goes to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to Give Support After Fatal Shooting
Washington, Oct 30 (PL) U.S. President Donald Trump will travel today to Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to show support for the community and families of the 11 killed in a gunfight there three days ago.
The visit of the president will take place despite the request of various voices not to make that trip until the president rejects hate crimes.
According to Marianne Novy, a retired teacher and resident of the neighborhood where the synagogue of the Congregation of the Tree of Life, the site of the massacre, is located, Trump’s language has encouraged hatred and fear of immigrants.
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, said the White House should have asked the victims’ families if they wanted the head of state to accompany them.
If the president wants to come to Pittsburgh, he would ask him not to do so while we are burying the dead, Peduto said, referring to the funerals scheduled for Tuesday.
Rob Bowers, now in prison without bail while analyzing the case, also left six people injured, including four police officers, when he shot at the aforementioned place, where he said all Jews had to be killed.
Sarah Sanders, spokeswoman for the White House, said yesterday in a press conference that the first lady, Melania, will accompany her husband on the trip.
This atrocity was a chilling act of mass murder, an act of hatred and, above all, an act of evil,’ the spokeswoman said.
She also said that anti-Semitism represents a plague to humanity and is responsible for many of the worst horrors in history, for which, she added, we all have a duty to face it.
According to Sanders, Americans of all faiths are ‘in mourning’ for the ‘precious lives that were stolen.
The American people reject hatred, intolerance, prejudice and violence. We are a nation that believes in religious freedom, tolerance and respect,’ she said.
Bowers, 46, had his first appearance in court yesterday and will return the day after tomorrow for a preliminary hearing.
He waived a reading of the 29 charges he faces for the act, which the Anti-Defamation League described as the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the United States.
According to a description in The New York Times, the defendant appeared before Judge Robert C. Mitchell at the federal courthouse in downtown Pittsburgh in a wheelchair as a result of injuries sustained in the confrontation with the police.
Charges include obstructing the free exercise of religious beliefs, a hate crime that can lead to the death penalty, press reports said.