Donald Trump Says That Jewish Synagogue Where 11 Were Murdered Should’ve Had Armed Guards

October 28, 2018  |  

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As the country witnesses yet another brazen act of hatred and violence, Donald Trump proves once again that he isn’t aware that shutting the hell up is free and he is incapable of sharing his condolences with class and reverence. CNN reports that 11 people were killed yesterday morning in a shooting that occurred in Pittsburgh synagogue, The Tree of Life. 46-year-old Robert Bowers from suburban Baldwin was arrested in connection to the hate crime and is now facing 29 charges.

However, when questioned about the vicious rampage, Donald Trump insinuated that the end of these violent attacks lies in people taking more precautionary methods when attending services in their place of worship:

“If there was an armed guard inside the temple, they would have been able to stop him.”

In fact, Trump seemed to speak to everything but what contributes to a culture that is emboldened by hate speech and intolerance and what steps can be taken to deal with terrorists who continue to face little barriers in their efforts to take innocent lives.

“When people do this, they should get the death penalty.”

“Anybody that does a thing like this to innocent people that are in temple or in church … they should be suffering the ultimate price, they should pay the ultimate price.”

When reporters asked if Trump was indeed advocating for armed guards in places of worship a.k.a as the answer to gun violence is more guns he responded:

“No, it’s certainly an option.”

Michael Eisenberg, the immediate past president of Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue, told CNN affiliate WPXI that on the high holidays, the synagogue does in fact take extra measures and police are present, but that wasn’t the case this Saturday:

“On a day like today, the door is open. It’s a religious service, you could walk in and out.”

Bowers is charged with 11 counts of using a firearm to commit murder. He also faces multiple counts of two hate crimes: obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death and obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in bodily injury to a public safety officer. He could face the death penalty if convicted. Court affidavits state Bowers was armed with an AR-15 rifle and three handguns, and told an officer while he was being treated for his injuries “that he wanted all Jews to die and also that they (Jews) were committing genocide to his people.”

The names have recently been released of all 11 victims. Many of them were elderly and include a pair of brothers as well as a husband and wife. The oldest victim was 97 years old. The victims are as follows:

-Joyce Fienberg, 75, of Oakland, City of Pittsburgh

-Richard Gottfried, 65, of Ross Township

-Rose Mallinger, 97, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh

-Jerry Rabinowitz, 66, of Edgewood Borough

-Cecil Rosenthal, 59, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh

-David Rosenthal, 54, (brother of Cecil), of Squirrel Hill

-Bernice Simon, 84, of Wilkinsburg

-Sylvan Simon, 86, (husband of Bernice), of Wilkinsburg

-Daniel Stein, 71, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh

-Melvin Wax, 88, of Squirrel Hill, City of Pittsburgh

-Irving Younger, 69, of Mt. Washington, City of Pittsburgh

 

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