While being interviewed by CNN’s Alisyn Camerota, Jeffrey Myers, the rabbi at Tree of Life, said President Donald Trump is more than welcome to visit the synagogue if he wants to pay his respect to the community after the mass shooting that left 11 Jewish members dead.
“President Trump has talked about coming to Pittsburgh and coming to your synagogue in the aftermath of this. Do you want him to come?” Camerota asked.
“The president of the United States is always welcome,” Myers replied. “I am a citizen, he is my president. He is certainly welcome.”
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“I don’t really foist blame upon any person,” Myers added, according to the Daily Caller. “Hate does not know religion, race, creed, political party. It’s not a political issue in any way, shape, or form. Hate does not know any of those things.”
While Myers is more than OK with Trump visiting Pittsburgh, some Jewish groups in the area are not.
In a letter, Bend the Arc: Pittsburgh Steering Committee, a self-described progressive group, said Trump is not welcome in the city.
Read our demands to @POTUS after a gunman killed 11 of our brothers and sisters at #TreeOfLife #DorHadash and #NewLight in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. If you are so inclined, please sign your name in support. https://t.co/pVytT2a9Sz
— Bend The Arc: Pittsburgh (@bendthearcpgh) October 28, 2018
“President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you fully denounce white nationalism,” the group wrote. “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,” it charged. “Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.”