Hollywood celebrities blame Trump after gunman kills 11 in hate crime at Pittsburgh synagogue

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Several American celebrities held the President of the United States of America Donald Trump accountable for a hate crime which happened at a synagogue in Pittsburgh. Eleven people have been killed and a number of others injured after a shooting at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday.

Police said the killer, Robert Bowers, walked into the building and yelled, “all Jews must die!” before shooting the worshipers. Bowers who was armed with an AR-15 and three handguns, opened fire on the two officers before retreating back into the building.

Police officers who pursued Bowers found him on the third floor of the synagogue and he opened fire on them. One officer was shot multiple times and critically wounded while another officer was also shot at multiple times. Bowers was injured in the exchange of gunfire and was taken into custody.

He made statements to an officer that he wanted all Jews to die and also that Jews were committing genocide on his people.

American comedian, actor and screenwriter Ike Barinholtz who responded to news of the shooting at the synagogue tweeted, “if you support Donald Trump you should too because this shit is on you!”

American television writer and producer Danny Zuker asked if a Republican party donor and billionaire would continue supporting Trump after this attack.

President Trump offered condolences for the victims and their loved ones shortly after the shooting.

“All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh,” President Trump said. “We pray for those who perished and their loved ones, and our hearts go out to the brave police officers who sustained serious injuries.”

He also condemned the shooting, calling it an “evil Anti-Semitic attack is an assault on humanity.”

“It will take all of us working together to extract the poison of Anti-Semitism from our world. We must unite to conquer hate.”

Trump also ordered that flags at the White House be flown at half-staff at the White House, public grounds, and every military post in “solemn respect for the victims of the terrible act of violence perpetrated at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.”

First Lady of the United States Melania Trump tweeted, the violence needs to stop”.

The condemnation by Trump and Melania of the shooting did little to quell the unhappiness of the celebrities who pushed for gun control, and blamed the president with his supporters for normalizing an anti-Semitic climate in the country that led to the heinous shooting.

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11 people sitting in community, praying. Mowed down with an AR-15 by a white terrorist who blamed the Jews for supporting those coming to the US to seek asylum. Or as Trump calls them- “the caravan.” So a hater of Jews AND immigrants. Jews today, Democrats, former American Presidents, and high level post holders, via pipe bombs, days ago. Potential mass murder by an avowed Trump supporter. And 2 African American shoppers yesterday. A racist. Another Trump supporter. What could possible have incited these mentally ill people to take action? I wonder. Well, we were all taught in kindergarten that words can hurt. And have consequences. And we see that everywhere now. It must stop. We must demand it to stop. That’s all. Tonight I will hold the families of those lost and hurt in the #TreeofLife massacre in my heart. My heart breaks for the entire congregation. Please don’t let their deaths be in vain. Make a commitment to take action on their behalf. We owe them that. The shootings must stop.

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