Published: Tue, October 30, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Trump blames media in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

Trump blames media in Pittsburgh synagogue massacre

President Trump and first lady Melania will travel to Pittsburgh on Tuesday to mourn along with victims of the synagogue shooting there, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday - as she fielded a barrage of questions about a correlation between Trump's rhetoric and violence.

President Donald Trump blamed the "anger" in the United States on the media, calling the press the "true enemy of the people" in a series of Monday morning tweets. After the shooting, "the very first thing that the president did was condemn the attacks", Sanders said.

It reads, "President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism". "I'm a citizen, he's my president, he is certainly welcome". His media attacks are a central feature of his rallies and nearly always whip up the crowd. Trump has labeled a long list of media outlets "fake news" and often applies the moniker to stories he doesn't like.

"I think it's irresponsible of a news organization, like yours, to blame responsibility of a pipe bomb that was not sent by the president".

AP reports The 11 people killed included a married couple, Bernice and Sylvan Simon, and two brothers, Cecil and David Rosenthal.

Once Trump has ventured off those written statements at unscripted campaign rallies in recent days, however, at a Friday night rally in Charlotte he returned to his sharp pre-midterms lines about Democrats, painting a bleak picture of what he wants his base to believe they would do if they can win control of the House or Senate - or both. He said the city did not have enough public safety officials "to provide enough protection at the funerals and to be able, at the same time, draw attention away to a potential presidential visit".

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"Many Gang Members and some very bad people are mixed into the Caravan heading to our Southern Border", Trump tweeted Monday, shortly after the USA announced plans to deploy some 5,000 soldiers to the border.

Critics of the president also blame his rhetoric for providing encouragement to a Florida man who was arrested last week on charges of mailing homemade bombs to more than a dozen senior politicians and others opposing Trump. She told CNN, "I do not welcome this president to my city".

Acosta was upset when Trump called out the media Monday on Twitter for reporting inaccurate and false information, saying, "Fake News Must End!"

Police say the suspect in the deadly mass shooting told officers that Jews were committing genocide and that he wanted them all to die.

For example, Bowers had reportedly referred on social media to anger at a group of several thousand impoverished Central Americans now attempting to walk north to the United States - a favourite target of the president's anti-immigrant rhetoric. "Blowback from his words came and cost people's lives, and we said enough is enough".

When asked during Monday's briefing what could be done to stop shootings like the one in Pittsburgh, Sanders responded: "I think if we had a good answer to that, everyone in the country would support it".

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