Mayor Bill Peduto told him that he wasn’t welcome. The survivors just wanted to be left in peace to bury their dead, murdered by an anti-Semite who was inspired by the unwelcome guest’s loathsome campaign lies about diseased invading hoards financed by Jewish “globalists.” Even the senior members of his own party refused to accompany him.
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Donald Trump ignored them all and flew to Pittsburgh today anyway, only to be confronted by thousands of livid local citizens who declared that the president “unwelcome in our city and in our country” according to the Facebook post organizing one of the two major protests that eventually merged into one giant anti-Trump rally.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 30, 2018
As President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh, hundreds of residents gather in Squirrel Hill for a protest telling him he’s not welcome in their city. pic.twitter.com/iGlOb0c5li
— Clint Hendler (@clinthendler) October 30, 2018
Mayor Peduto warned Trump of the reaction he would face and the danger he was inflicting upon the people of Pittsburgh with his visit.
“All attention should be on the victims,” Peduto said Monday. “We do not have enough public safety officials to provide enough protection at the funerals and … at the same time draw attention to a potential presidential visit.”
Consequently, both Mayor Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald refused to appear with the president after he decided to ignore the wishes of the mourners and travel to the scene of the slaughter he had inspired.
Protestors were adamant that the president’s visit was an insult to the memories of the slain victims.
“This didn’t happen in a vacuum, “Ardon Shorr told The Washington Post. “There is a growing trend of white nationalism. And that has been enabled by Trump, who traffics in the kind of conspiracy theories that we know were foremost in the mind of the shooter last Saturday. He’s not tolerated here, and we didn’t consent to him coming.”
“He’s done nothing but stoke the type of fear and hatred that led to this,” said Ben Case, 34. “And he’s coming here for a photo op and to check it off his list. But we know he’s not part of the solution.”
More than 70,000 people signed a letter authored by the Pittsburgh chapter of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice that called on the president to stay away from the city until he denounced white nationism and anti-Semitism and ceased his war on immigrants and minorities.
Nevertheless, according to the White House pool report, Trump’s motorcade pushed past the protestors, and he and Melania entered the tree of Life synagogue, accompanied by his Jewish escorts, daughter Ivanka and his son-in-law Jared Kushner. He made his obligatory photo op outside the synagogue, placing flowers and stones at memorials to the victims before leaving for a hospital to visit some of the wounded.
You can watch a video of Pittsburgh’s reaction to the president’s visit in the video below. Watch it and then make sure you vote to elect a Democratic majority in Congress to help reverse the tragic path that Trump has steered the nation down.
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