PITTSBURGH – At the end of a weekend redefining terms of religious hatred in the United States, a mourner Rabbi Jeffrey Myers combined Saturday's massacre in his Synagoge Tree of Life directly with the rhetoric of the US Politician.
" It starts with the speech," Myers said to loud applause in a Sunday night vigil accompanied by two US Senators. "It has to start with you as our leaders, my words are not meant as political food, I speak all the same, stop the words of hate."
Two hours after the rabbi's speech, President Trump has freed himself from responsibility and others blamed for the nation's problems.
"The fake news is doing everything in its power to blame the Republicans, The Conservatives and I for the division and hatred that have reigned in our country for so long" Trump wrote on Sunday night on Twitter . "In fact, it's their false and dishonest reporting that causes far greater problems than they understand!"
This ended a weekend that marked the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history.
Monday is expected to see the first trial of alleged gunman Robert Bowers – an alleged anti-Semite accused of more than 50 homicides, assault and hate crimes. The rest of the week will be marked by funerals for the 11 dead tree of life, and more likely more debate over whether the aggressive political language that Trump's presidency has defined played a role in the shooter's radicalization.
Robert Bowers, "onedingo" and Trump
At the center of everything is Bowers: a 46-year-old truck driver with few apparent friends who left almost no mark on neighbors near his small apartment off Pittsburgh. The investigators have finished the search on Sunday.
Awaiting a source, the Washington Post said Monday that the investigators found three handguns and two rifles and hundreds of ammunition rounds after executing a search warrant at the residence. This is in addition to at least four weapons found in the synagogue.
"We would have small talk, but he just seemed like a normal guy, and that's the scary part," said Bowers's neighbor, Kerri Owens, The Post
Bowers seems to have another life under the online Alias "onedingo", on an uncensored social media platform called Gab, which is an online haven for extremists.
Signing his posts with Bowers' name, eedingo compares Jews to Satan and complained that Trump's "Make America Great Again" movement may not succeed as long as Jews "invade" the country. He also published denigrations against women who had relationships with black men, repeatedly referred to snares and harassment, and used the N-word nearly 20 times.
The White House press secretary called Bowers " a coward who hated President Trump because @POTUS is such a stubborn defender of the Jewish community and the state of Israel." The gab posts indicate a sentiment disillusionment with the President, whose daughter has converted to Judaism, but which often stirs up anger and hatred and even anti-Semitism in his political rhetoric.
In February, onedingo published a memo of a Monopoly Chance card with superimposed images of Trump imprisoning Hillary Clinton.
In May, he wrote that he "did not vote for Trump did not wear either his own or a Maga hat."
In October, Trump kept coming across a caravan of refugees and migrants passing through Central America Heading toward the US border marched, tweeting – onderingo began compiling on the efforts of a Jewish group to hold Shabbat dinners for refugees.
The group "likes to bring in invaders who kill our people," he wrote hours before the massacre in Pittsburgh. "I can not sit by and watch my people being slaughtered, Screw your optics, I'm going in."
The most deadly attack against Jews in US history was directed against a synagogue that was an anchor to the Pittsburgh's major Jewish community is about a 25-minute drive from Bowers' home. Police and FBI investigators say Bowers came in on Saturday morning with an AR-15 rifle and three Glock pistols, spending the next ten minutes chasing down all the worshipers he met.
Myers, the rabbi, said on Sunday vigil that he was praying with a dozen early worshipers when the gunman appeared at the door.
"I ran up the stairs through the back of the sanctuary" later told an NBC reporter . I went to the choir room. I heard him execute my parishioners. I did not watch. I could not watch it.
The police tracked Bowers to the third floor of the synagogue in an ongoing cannon battle, and when they arrested him after a federal complaint, the silent man, who had left his neighbor no impression, paced back and forth
"They commit genocide "I just want to kill Jews."
On Saturday, Trump said the massacre was a "bad anti-Semitic attack" and "an attack on humanity." But he said little about Bowers and showed little interest in a national debate over whether the country's hostile political climate or loose weapons provisions made the attack possible.65 Trump suggested Saturday that the synagogue should have armed guards – like him After doing other mass shootings, he then tweeted about a baseball game called one of his political rivals " Crazy and Tripping Irrer, "and on Monday he again fanned fears of the Wandering Caravan, calling it" an invasion of our country . In between, the president assured his followers that the "big rage in our country" was the fault of "The Fake News Media, the true enemy of the people.
Democrats on Sunday said Trump's arson attacks on rivals have created fertile ground for those who are prone to extremism.
So did Abraham Foxman, former director of the Anti-Defamation League, in the United States in 2017 – the First anniversary of Trump's presidency – a massive rise in anti-Semitic incidents recorded.
"Trumpism legitimized the fanatics to come from the US sewerage and gave them a platform to play," Foxman told The Jerusalem Post the right things said about anti-Semitism. But he has to change the rhetoric he uses to explain his policy, which gives millions of bigotters justification for their bigotry.
Since the shooting, more than 25,000 people have signed an open letter to Trump in support of 11 Jewish leaders who said the president is not welcome in Pittsburgh until he condemned white nationalism.
Pittsburgh councilor Erika Strassburger, whose district encompasses the Squirrel Hill district, attended Sunday night, saying she had felt not only overwhelming grief but exhaustion and in some the desire to turn anger into action.
"It was a general frustration of, # When will this hate-filled rhetoric end? & # 39; and that [our discourse] seems to be further inflamed by elected leaders, she said, without naming anyone special. When will the hatred end when will we be able to come together as a country?
The White House did not respond to a request for comment on this letter.
During a television appearance on Monday morning, White House adviser Kellyanne Conway responded to another request that the President seek to keep away from Pittsburgh Lynette Lederman, former Synagoge of the Tree of Life president, as the "hate speech provider." "I know that she is very distressed, I can imagine, and my heartfelt condolences to her and to everyone else in this gathering, regardless of politics," Conway said on CNN. "Many people welcome the President to go there and help heal."
Funerals and Court
Bowers was reportedly released from the hospital Monday after being shot dead by the police before his capture. He is expected to appear at 13.30 in front of Judge Robert C. Mitchell before the Federal Court. Monday
He faces at least 23 charges, including murder, attempted killing and severe assault. He is being charged by 29 other federal authorities who accuse him of civil rights and hate crimes.
Federal Attorneys in Pennsylvania have begun investigating the death penalty for Bowers, a Justice Department spokesman said Sunday. The process is usually lengthy and refers to the information of relatives of the victims before the final decision is taken by the Attorney General.
The funeral of the 11 victims is also expected this week, although it is unclear whether the criminal investigation will delay them
The dead included a 97-year-old woman, a husband and wife and two brothers.
Selk, Wang, Boburg and Tran reported from Washington. Kayla Epstein of Pittsburgh and Sari Horwitz, John Wagner, Annie Gowen, Mark Berman, Wesley Lowery, Matt Zapotosky, Julie Tate and Alice Crites of Washington contributed to the report.
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