Some 16,000 people (over 20,000 in some accounts) have signed a letter to Donald Trump saying he’s not welcome to visit Pittsburgh, site of Saturday’s synagogue slaughter unless he disavows white nationalism and other attacks on minority groups. From the Washington Post:
More than 16,000 people have signed an open letter to President Trump from the leaders of a Pittsburgh-based Jewish group who say the president will not be welcome in the city unless he denounces white nationalism and stops “targeting” minorities after a mass shooting Saturday at a local synagogue left 11 dead.
….“For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement,” the Jewish leaders wrote. “You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”
The letter continued: “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. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.”
And speaking of violence against minorities: Read Charles Pierce who visited a black Baptist church that might have been the scene of another slaughter last week had the doors not been locked to a man who killed two black people later at a Kroger. The local police chief acknowledged frankly the racism at work. Here, we try to pretend it doesn’t exist IN our police force.
Trump alibies hit yet another low on this point today — Kellyanne Conway explaining attacks on Jews and blacks in church not on the obvious but on hatred of religion, a favorite trope of the Trump evangelical supporters.
I wish I weren’t anti-religion, because then I could be comforted by the thought of this woman’s eternal damnation. https://t.co/q6ymtnsDXb
— Craig Mazin (@clmazin) October 29, 2018