White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders hit back against the critics of President Donald Trump suggesting his “rhetoric” led to the horrific attack on the synagogue in Poway, California on Saturday.
During an appearance on “Fox & Friends” Monday morning, Sanders offered her condolences to the congregation of worshippers, calling the atrocious act “a truly horrific thing” and adding that she and the president’s “hearts are broken” following the attack.
Sanders was then asked what could be done to prevent future attacks like this from happening, to which she replied that she believed that the country needed to look “at every way” possible to “bring that level of hatred down.”
She also called on the country to “call out this type of anti-Semitic behavior, racism, bigotry.”
The White House press secretary was then pressed for her reaction to ABC analyst Matt Dowd’s claim that the president’s “rhetoric” gave “permission” to the shooter to act.
Sanders responded by saying:
“I don’t think anything could be further from the truth. We have a president who has a heart for people… And words like that aren’t helpful to this process at all. Looking for how we can actually change people’s hearts, I think matters.”
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“The president has condemned not only this act, but all acts of evil, and hatred, and racism, and bigotry,” she continued on. “And we will continue to do that.”
“And, again, I think that is an outrageous statement and something that is a complete misrepresentation of who the president is and what he’s trying to do in his administration,” Sanders added.
As IJR News previously reported, a gunman attacked a synagogue in Poway, California, on Saturday, killing one and injuring three others in a hate crime on the last day of Passover.