Sanders: Media wrongly blaming Trump for attacks

Posted October 30, 2018

This has nothing to do with politics in America.

As is tradition, President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump hosted a Halloween event at a pumpkin-decorated White House on Sunday, bringing in local children and special guests for some trick-or-treating and games in the spirit of the October holiday.

But Trump on Monday blamed the news media - which he again described in a tweet as "the true Enemy of the People" - for the divisions in US society. "That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage".

"The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country", he said on Twitter.

The police affidavit says calls began coming in to 911 just before 10 a.m. Saturday, reporting "they were being attacked".

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The suspected gunman, Robert Bowers, was motivated by anti-Semitism, according to USA media. "We must unite to conquer hate".

"President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us", reads an open letter from the Pittsburgh chapter of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice.

On Saturday, a heavily armed man burst through the doors of the Tree of Life synagogue, opening fire and killing 11 people in a 20-minute rampage.

The defendant faces federal murder and assault charges that could carry the death penalty.

Robert Bowers, to whom numerous anti-Semitic posts on social media prior to the shooting are attributed, will remain in jail pending a November 1 hearing. Scott Brady, the US attorney for the western district of Pennsylvania is awaiting approval from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to peruse a capital punishment case. She said Trump won't shy away from drawing distinctions with Democrats in the final week before the midterm elections. "The president is calling that out".

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According to a PRRI survey released today, "54 percent of Americans feel President Trump's decisions and behavior have encouraged white supremacist groups, compared to 39 percent who say Trump's behavior has had no effect and five percent who say he has discouraged these groups". "I refer to Fake News Media when mentioning Enemy of the People - but dishonest reporters use only the word 'Media, '" he wrote.

FILE - Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, accompanied by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, speaks at a news conference about the omnibus spending bill moving through Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 22, 2018. He noted that his outlet was sent mail bombs in the past week. "Thus far, they have shown no comprehension of that", Zucker added.

Peduto, who spoke briefly with reporters as he left the City-County Building, said Pittsburgh doesn't have enough public safety personnel to cover 11 funerals and a presidential visit simultaneously.

"We find strength in one another", Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, a democrat, said in an interview.

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