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Jewish Group to Trump: You’re Not Welcome Until You Denounce White Nationalism

A Jewish progressive organization is calling for Trump to denounce white nationalism after the Tree of Life shooting.

After a mass shooting in Pittsburgh which killed eleven Jewish synagogue members, one self-proclaimed progressive Jewish organization wrote a letter to President Donald Trump telling him he wasn’t welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounced white nationalism.

The incident occurred during the Jewish Shabbat morning services at the Tree of Life Synagogue last Saturday. The temple is located on Squirrel Hill where children’s TV host Fred Rogers formerly lived. The shooter has been arrested and identified as Robert Gregory Bowers, 46.

Bowers was charged late Saturday with 29 federal counts, including hate crimes and had posted anti-Semitic rants on social media. He allegedly shouted anti-Semitic statements during the rampage at the synagogue.

In response to the event, Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice, released a letter addressed to President Trump accusing him of emboldening a growing white nationalist movement and calling the shooting a culmination of Trump’s influence.

The letter read:

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism.

Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted.  You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you stop targeting and endangering all minorities.

The murderer’s last public statement invoked the compassionate work of the Jewish refugee service HIAS at the end of a week in which you spread lies and sowed fear about migrant families in Central America. He killed Jews in order to undermine the efforts of all those who find shared humanity with immigrants and refugees.

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you cease your assault on immigrants and refugees.

The Torah teaches that every human being is made b’tzelem Elohim, in the image of God.

This means all of us.

In our neighbors, Americans, and people worldwide who have reached out to give our community strength, there we find the image of God.  While we cannot speak for all Pittsburghers, or even all Jewish Pittsburghers, we know we speak for a diverse and unified group when we say:

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.

Trump’s Response to Tree of Life Shooting

President Trump quickly condemned the shooting as “an assault on humanity” but was lambasted online for tweeting about the World Series game soon after the killing occurred. He also suggested that the arrested gunman should be given the death penalty and added that an armed guard stationed inside the synagogue could have done better to prevent the attack.

“If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better,” the president said. “Maybe it could have been a very much different situation.”

“It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world. This was an anti-Semitic attack at its worst,” Trump said during a rally Saturday night.




  1. Donna Rae Mathre October 29, 2018

    I share your sentiments exactly. but I will never except anyone who’s idol iss Hitler and who stold our election. he should be in prison right now for treason and all his other crimes !!

    1. Beatriz Salinas October 29, 2018

      Donna Rae Mathre yes he should be in jail, soon i pray everyday for Muller to finish and throw away the key.

  2. Sandra Gutowski October 29, 2018

    What? Who stole an election? What treason and crimes do you mean? Who said his idol is Hitler? That is all leftist sophistry. Please realize that merely having different opinions does not turn people who do not share your beliefs into demons or Hitlers.

    1. Beatriz Salinas October 29, 2018

      Sandra Gutowski hey where were you when his first wife Ivana said on national T.V that their home was full of Hitler’s biography and Germany! All over the house, and the restroom, Jesus lady open your eyes and your ears! Pay attention at his rallies! Inclusive he said to the New York Times that if he ever ran for the presidency, he would run as Republican bc Republicans are the stupidest people on earth. Lady don’t be fooled by this loud mouth CLOWN in the oval office! Have you ever heard him say in his rallies beat them punch them i pay for your defense! Sandra obviously you dont pay attention at all your just happy your a Republican til you die. He’s calling for a civil war if republicans don’t win in the midterm elections, and yes Putin and trump had been planing this for 5yrs how to interfere with the election! Take your ear muff off and your eye folds! He is the American wannabe Hitler! Yea you didn’t hear that either. How can any fool vote for a pedophile, pervert, rapist, conman, SOB asshole. He not only mocked the disable, disrespected gold star families, hated veterans that were POW’s insulted a hero John McCain, insulted Mexicans, hates, people of color, grabs women by the P! Jesus lady you should be ashame of yourself but your ego of being a republican doesn’t allow you to see beyond who he really is! His wife Ivana said he loved Hitler and that he wanted to him! Have you ever read the rise Adolf Hitler’s book read it he started by accusing the media! Anything else you want me to tell you about this imbecile of a so called CLOWN president, a KKK by night and a wannabe dictator by day! Well you do have demons in the oval office and his administration! You Sandra enables this beast to be what he is today! ??????????????

  3. Gail Ladella October 29, 2018


  4. Nathaniel Stacy October 29, 2018

    He shoulds be welcomed Nowhere in the united States!

  5. Beatriz Salinas October 29, 2018

    I don’t even allow this POS in our grandkids conversations! They know he is NOT a role model! May he choke with tongue during his sleep! He’s to blame for everything that has happened and more to come! He’s nothing more than a vulgar pig! ???

  6. Frank Cromis October 29, 2018

    Not going to happen.

  7. Chandra Ramphal October 29, 2018

    I don’t blame you all,he is the devil advocate.

  8. Bob Gorovoi October 30, 2018

    A fringe group that does not represent the Jewish Community.

  9. Lynette Norton October 30, 2018


  10. Shirley Hawkins October 30, 2018

    Good ,go up for treason


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