Following the deaths of 11 people at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday in Pittsburgh, a group of religious leaders wrote an open letter to President Donald Trump saying he wasn’t welcome in their city. While the letter was supported by the former president of the synagogue, the rabbi who was leading Shabat services as gunfire rang out had a different take on the president’s potential visit.
“The president of the United States is always welcome,” he said. “I’m a citizen, he’s my president. He is certainly welcome.”
Myers’s message differed from that of other Jewish leaders in Pittsburgh, who penned a letter accusing Trump of emboldening the white nationalist movement with his words and policies, and called the shooting a “direct culmination of [Trump’s] influence.”
“President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us,” the letter read.
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