Jewish leaders say Donald Trump not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism.

By |2018-10-29T05:26:04-08:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: News|Tags: , , , , , |27 Comments

Seems fair.

Courtesy of The Hill:

A group of Jewish leaders told President Trump that he is no longer welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism following the shooting at a synagogue there over the weekend.

Eleven members of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice penned a letter to Trump following the Saturday shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

“Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted,” the group wrote. “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.”

Trump was fiercely criticized after he failed to condemn white supremacy and asserted that there is “blame on both sides” after last year’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va.

The group also said Trump is not welcome in the city until he also stops targeting minorities, immigrants and refugees.

The president has “spread lies and sowed fear about migrant families in Central America,” the group wrote.

Yes, he has and good for these people in pointing that out. 

In other news, Muslim groups have raised thousands of dollars to aide the Jewish community in Pittsburgh.

Courtesy of HuffPo:

After a suspected gunman with anti-Semitic views killed 11 people and wounded six others at a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday, two Muslim groups are refusing to let religious hatred win.

Celebrate Mercy and MPower Change have banded together to raise money for their Jewish brothers and sisters at Tree of Life Or L’Simcha Congregation, which was the target of Saturday’s attack. They started a campaign on the Muslim-focused crowdfunding site LaunchGood in the hopes of raising $25,000 for the synagogue victims and their families. They are now past $50,000.

“We wish to respond to evil with good, as our faith instructs us, and send a powerful message of compassion through action,” the groups’ fundraising page said.

Once their goal has been hit, the groups say, the funds will be immediately transferred to the local Islamic Center of Pittsburgh, so they can be disbursed to the families to pay for medical and funeral expenses.

“No amount of money will bring back their loved ones, but we do hope to lessen their burden in some way,” the groups said.

This is how you help people in their time of need, not by showing up and holding an impromptu campaign rally with their tragedy as your backdrop. 

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  1. Time October 29, 2018 at 9:17 am

    (PITTSBURGH) — A social media site popular with far-right extremists and where the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting suspect had a profile has been taken down. writes it has been “systematically no-platformed by App Stores, multiple hosting providers, and several payment processors.”

    In an audio statement on Twitter, co-founder and CEO Andrew Torba called Saturday’s shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue that killed 11 an “act of terrorism.” Torba says the site has a zero-tolerance policy for terrorism and violence. says it suspended the account of suspect Robert Gregory Bowers and contacted law enforcement immediately, turning over his account. The site says Bowers had accounts on other social media platforms.

    Bowers is due in court on Monday.

  2. Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 9:23 am

    BREAKING: A civil RICO suit has been brought against The Trump Organization,
    Donald Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and Ivanka Trump in United States District Court for their participation in a pyramid scheme
    The Trump Organization Is Suing the Man Killed in the Trump Tower Fire

    • BREAKING? October 29, 2018 at 9:56 am

      1st>ELIE MYSTAL
      Apr 20, 2018 at 1:48 PM

      2nd>Rafi Schwartz

    • NYNY October 29, 2018 at 1:52 pm

      the complaint “alleges that Mr. Trump and his family received secret payments from three business entities in exchange for promoting them as legitimate opportunities, when in reality they were get-rich-quick schemes that harmed investors, many of whom were unsophisticated and struggling financially.”
      the complaint depicts the Trump Organization as “a racketeering enterprise that defrauded thousands of people.”

      At the center of the lawsuit are three separate business entities: ACN, a telecommunications firm that gave Trump money in exchange for endorsing its products; the Trump Network, which was responsible for the ill-fated Trump Vitamins nutritional regimen; and the Trump Institute, a Trump University-like entity that the lawsuit claims offered “extravagantly priced multiday training seminars” that purportedly gave attendees access to Trump’s “secrets” to selling real estate.”
      “their case “connects the dots at the Trump Organization and involves systematic fraud that spanned more than a decade, involved multiple Trump businesses and caused tremendous harm to thousands of hardworking Americans.”

    • Anon October 29, 2018 at 2:27 pm

      ‘The lawsuit claims ACN secretly paid Trump millions of dollars for his endorsement (Trump claimed in his ACN promo that his endorsement was “not for any money”) in exchange for his falsely portraying ACN and several other schemes as legitimate business opportunities.

      In addition to ACN, the suit mentions the Trump Network, which peddled bogus “personalized” vitamin regimens, and the Trump Institute, which, like the similarly legally embroiled Trump University, charged attendees as much as $35,000 to attend multiday seminars on Trump’s real estate “secrets,” as examples of other similar schemes. (The Trump Institute also reportedly plagiarized some of its course materials and received an F rating from the Better Business Bureau.)

      The suit describes the Trump endorsements together as “a pattern of racketeering activity.”’

    • 2016 $tart October 29, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      It’s almost like a weekly fucking drip. I’ve lost count of how many good stories we pitched in 2015/2016 that they passed on and are now “news.”

      it is almost as if — and I’m just spitballing here — like the media was content to give him billions in excess coverage when they thought he would collapse of his own weight…[OR make them MonEy}…
      Variation on that theme: It’s almost as if a bunch of the media didn’t want to kill their fucking cash cow by doing their, you know, jobs.

      The corporate media was making a ton off of money off of Trump from the moment that he entered the Republican primary, and Liz Mair is right, they didn’t want to kill their cash cow. I sat in the press section at campaign events and heard reporters complain that Hillary Clinton was boring and bad television. The corporate media turned the presidential campaign into a reality television show, and they didn’t want to hurt their profits by doing their jobs and exposing Trump and his family for what they are.

      Trump got $5 BILLION worth of FREE media during the 2016 campaign, but that well has dried up since he won the White House.

    • Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 7:21 pm

      Pyramid scheme, Bernie Madoff ring a bell.maybe they can share a prison cell.

  3. Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 9:35 am

    GOOD FOR THEM, about time people start standing up to this hateful bully, if everyone did this plus get out and vote we can demolish him.

    So now we can expect that he will add them to his twitter attack list, who cares it only reflexes on the dictator in the WH.

  4. Peace October 29, 2018 at 9:40 am

    The Islamic Center of Pittsburgh offered to stand guard outside of the synagogue to protect Jewish people as they worship.

    The leader of the Islamic Center of Pittsburgh announced that they have raised over $70,000 for the victims of the attack, and said, “We just want to know what you need. You know, if it’s more money, let’s us know. If it is people outside of your next service protecting you, let us know. We’ll be there. If you need organizers on the ground, we’ll provide them. If you need food for the families, if you just need someone to come to the grocery store because you don’t feel safe in the city, we’ll be there, and I’m sure everybody in the room would say the same thing. We’re here for the community.”

  5. Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 9:49 am

    “Rabbi David Lau, Israel’s Ashkenazic chief rabbi (a governmental position), declined to call Tree of Life Synagogue a synagogue, describing it instead as “a place with a profound Jewish flavor.” Other ultra-Orthodox newspapers have followed suit, referring to it as a “Jewish center.”

    To American Jews who care about Israel, that’s a painful reminder that Reform, Conservative, and other non-Orthodox Jewish denominations are not recognized by the Jewish state.” ” sending the ultranationalist Bennett to “comfort” mostly liberal American Jews rubs salt in the wound. Bennett, perhaps more than any other Israeli politician, has legitimized open racism against Arabs, sworn his opposition to a two-state solution with Palestinians, and moved the “Overton window” of Israeli nationalism far to the right. Thanks to his party, Jewish Home, comments that would have been too racist for polite conversation a decade ago are now routinely made on the floor of the Knesset.”
    “when right-wing Israelis and American Jews hear Trump bash Israel’s enemies, they are encouraged and emboldened. They say anti-Semitism, which Trump has condemned, is totally separable from the white-nationalism, Islamophobia, transphobia, racism, and populism that he has tolerated or encouraged. They say Trump is on our side.

    And yet it’s not just he said/she said. There are still facts. And the facts are that the alt-right’s most ardent members, people like Cesar Sayoc Jr. and Robert Bowers, do not separate anti-Semitism from their hatred of immigrants, Muslims, people of color, gays, liberals, and journalists. They say so quite clearly, in words and deeds.”

  6. Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 10:02 am

    If you look at the intent of the Freedon of Religion clause in the constitution, they were not concerned of non religious persons discriminating against people’s beliefs, but rather certain Christian faiths dscriminating against other Christians. ie Baptist’s vs Protestants or Catholics.

    • Amendment I October 29, 2018 at 10:38 am

      “Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.”

    • Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 5:37 pm

      The Freedom of Religion clause was put in there because the “founding fathers” left England to escape religious persecution. They didn’t want any religion associated with the government like the Church of England was in England.

  7. Anon October 29, 2018 at 10:32 am

    A segment on Fox News this morning where hosts laughed and joked their way through a discussion on political impact of terror was bizarre. Not even 48 hours since blood flowed at synagogue? Check your soul in the makeup chair!
    9:01 AM – Oct 29, 2018

  8. anon October 29, 2018 at 10:36 am

    Haunted house organizers pledged a $50,000 donation to Tree of Life synagogue.

    “The Haunted Hoochie is a place to escape the true evil in the world through the magic of Halloween theater- NOT perpetuate real evil,” organizers said.

  9. Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 11:53 am

    “A group of PROGRESSIVE Jewish leaders………. ”

    Do a little editing to fit your narrative there G?

    “Eleven members of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc:”

    That hardly speaks for Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh.

    • Anon October 29, 2018 at 1:56 pm

      Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation. Together …

      Bend the Arc is uniting progressive Jewish voices across America to fight for justice for all.

      • Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 5:42 pm

        Yeah that is right 1:56, straight from their webpage, they out themselves as an anti Trump Jewish splinter group. They hardly represent all Jews as ‘leaders’.

  10. Whatevs October 29, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    ANd the orange shitgibbon is going anyway – can he be barred from attending any services? I hope so.

  11. anonymous October 29, 2018 at 2:37 pm

    “King’s deep ties to white supremacists and his history of espousing racist views, the Republican National Committee and Republican politicians have largely turned a blind eye to his behavior. King is also still receiving donations from major companies such as AT&T, Land O’Lakes, Berkshire Hathaway and others.”

  12. Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 3:47 pm

    he has his head so far up in his own ass that he can’t see that his hatemongering have stirred up the hornets nest. its is a tragedy that Donald only serves himself.

  13. anonymous October 29, 2018 at 5:55 pm

    Peduto said:
    I would prefer if he would wait until we have had the opportunity to have all of the funerals. We are planning them out starting tomorrow and then going all the way through Friday. That’s where our priority is in Pittsburgh. We are trying to take care of the families and the victims and are coordinating our efforts around that. Obviously, we are going to need a lot of security at those locations as well as security that’s been placed at schools and synagogues and other of our Jewish communities, larger facilities. And there’s a lot of work that comes into planning a presidential visit and it would just be better to let the focus of attention be with the families tomorrow and not trying to detract it or place it somewhere else.

  14. Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 6:24 pm

    when Donald Trump was elected many of us knew that eventually Jewish people would be targeted. only dumbasses thought the Fuhrer was bringing good things to America. think not. and it’s a sad day to see people like that Huckabee Sanders defend him. they all know he is bringing out the crazies. but they delude themselves into thinking they are part of something great. Hitler’s people also thought their cause was noble.

  15. Anonymous October 29, 2018 at 7:42 pm

    They are telling trump to stay home, so of course baby bumpkins is going to go on tuesday, when the funerals begin.

    Remember the excuse he used after being told not to come to Barbara Bushes funeral….he didn’t want to disturb the family with his security detail.

    So he is going to disturb these families with his security detail, when there is going to be heighten security already because of the terrorism and offer nothing in the way of condolences because he already blamed the victims for not turning the synagogue into an armed fortress.

    Why isn’t Ivanka and Jared going instead, afraid daddy’s white supremacist followers might strike again?

  16. Anon October 30, 2018 at 1:56 am

    I bet the Pittsburgh officials who called for civility demonstrating leadership will not be thrilled that Trump is showing up. The mayor and governor of N.Y. said the same and called the pipe bombs an act of terrorisim.

    There is no reasoning with Trump who lives in up is down and black is white land. Trump is a present danger to our country here and in the world. He has no conscience.

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