Sarah Sanders Tears Up As She Defends Trump After Synagogue Shooting

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White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders had difficulty holding back tears at Tuesday’s press briefing where she defended President Donald Trump amid charges that he inspired anti-semitism.

Her comments came just after a man killed 11 people in a shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

In the aftermath, some blamed Trump for stoking nationalist sentiments and hatred towards minorities like Jewish people.

But for Sanders, that seemed ridiculous given the people who were in his own family.

“The president cherishes the American-Jewish community for everything it stands for and contributes to our country,” she said. Her voice started to crack as she mentioned Trump’s daughter Ivanka who married a Jewish man.

“He adores Jewish-Americans as part of his own family. The president is the grandfather of several Jewish grandchildren. His daughter is a Jewish American and his son-in-law is a descendant of Holocaust survivors,” she said.

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Sanders also called the killing “heinous” and “an act of evil.” “Anti-semitism is a plague to humanity and it is responsible for many of the worst horrors in human history,” she said.

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During that same press briefing, Sanders fielded questions about how the president provoked political violence by employing fiery rhetoric. She pushed back, claiming that the media had a big role in furthering the country’s divisive political environment.

“The only person responsible for carrying out either of these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out,”  she said.

She also told NBC’s Hallie Jackson that “you guys have a huge responsibility to play in the divisive nature of this country when 90 percent of the coverage of everything this president does is extremely negative.”

“Despite the fact that the country is doing extremely well, despite the fact that the president is delivering on exactly what he said he was going do if elected.”

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