The former president of the Pittsburgh synagogue targeted in an anti-Semitic attack on Saturday is speaking out against President Donald Trump.
During a Monday appearance on CNN’s “New Day,” Lynette Lederman was asked about a letter from a group of Pittsburgh Jewish leaders asking the president not to visit the city after an attack that left 11 dead.
“Do you welcome the president to Pittsburgh in the wake of this?” anchor John Berman asked her.
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Lynnette Lederman, former President of Pittsburgh's Tree of Life Synagogue, says of Trump, "I do not welcome this President to my city … He is the purveyor of hate speech. The hypocritical words that come from him tell me nothing." pic.twitter.com/vEtgZ9D87m
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“Are you asking me a personal question?” she asked. “I do not welcome this president to my city.”
Asked to explain why she would not welcome Trump to Pittsburgh, Lederman cited the president’s “hate speech” and “hypocritical words”:
“Because he’s the purveyor of hate speech. The hypocritical words that come from him tell me nothing. We have very, very strong leadership in this city. We have a very strong mayor with very strong values, a very strong county executive in Rich Fitzgerald. We have people who stand by us, who believe in values — not just Jewish values — and those are not the values of this president.”
“And I do not welcome him to Pittsburgh,” she added.
Lederman is not alone in the Pittsburgh Jewish community in urging the president not to come to the city. An open letter from Pittsburgh leaders of the self-described Jewish progressive group Bend the Arc struck a similar chord over the weekend.
“For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement,” the letter to Trump reads. “You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”
The group called on Trump to fully denounce white nationalism and to stop his frequent attacks on immigrants, refugees, and minorities.
“President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us,” they wrote.