US Vice President Mike Pence paid a surprise visit on Thursday to the Chabad of Poway that was the scene of a deadly shooting attack three months ago, telling Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein injured in the attack that he had “inspired the nation.”
“We had to come,” Pence told Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein as the two hugged upon the vice president’s entry into the shul.
With his hand still wrapped in a bandage after being shot and losing a finger in the attack, Goldstein gave Pence and the vice president’s wife Karen a tour of the shul before leading them to the bimah and offering them a brocha.
Pence later posted about the visit on Twitter:
“Karen & I were honored to stop by the Chabad of Poway, the site of a terrible shooting in April. To Rabbi Goldstein—your faith & courage is an inspiration to the nation. No one should fear in a house of worship. We will always condemn evil acts of antisemitism. We are with you!”
Read more at Times of Israel.