Washington, Oct 28 : U.S. President Donald Trump condemned “vile” anti-Semitism following a deadly mass shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life Congregation Synagogue Saturday.The president suggested the person responsible should face the death penalty.
“I think one thing we should do is we would stiffen up our laws with guns with the death penalty,” Trump said.
“This was an anti-Semitic act. You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age. But we just don’t seem to learn from the past,” he said at the Future Farmers of America event in Indianapolis.
He continued: “Anti-Semitism and the widespread persecution of Jews represents one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history. The vile hate-filled poison of anti-Semitism must be condemned and confronted everywhere and anywhere it appears. There must be no tolerance for anti-Semitism in America or for any form of religious or racial hatred or prejudice.”
“We must all rise above the hate, move past our divisions and embrace our common destiny as Americans, and it doesn’t mean we can’t fight hard and be strong and say what’s on our mind, but we also have to remember those elements, we have to remember the elements of love and dignity and respect and so many others,” Trump said.
Law enforcement official said Robert Bowers, 46, has been identified as the suspect in Saturday’s “horrific” mass shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The official said the suspect left an alleged trail of anti-Semitic rants on social media accounts.
The FBI is investigating the attack as an alleged hate crime.
The Anti-Defamation League called Pittsburgh synagogue shooting as the ” deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States.