President Trump, Pittsburgh, America discussed on Erin Burnett OutFront
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Plus, President Trump blames the media for the anger in the country labeling us the true enemy of the people. Does he really think his rhetoric plays no role at all? And a former first daughter says it's time to stop asking Trump to provide comfort after kind of traffic events, Patty Davis. Ronald Reagan starters, my guest. Let's go out front. And good evening. I'm Jake tapper in for Aaron Vernon out front tonight taking zero responsibility the president backed by his White House. Staff showing no signs of changing his combative tone as the nation. Looks at how divided and ugly. It is out there in the wake of what seemed domestic terrorist attacks in Pittsburgh from Florida and in Kentucky what s press secretary Sarah Sanders today in a failure move pointed the finger back at reporters. The very first thing that the president. Did was condemned the attacks both in Pittsburgh. And in the pipebombs, the very first thing the media did was blamed the president and make him responsible for these ridiculous acts. That is outrageous that that would be the very first reaction of so many people across this country. The I'm not finished the only person responsible for carrying it out either of these heinous acts were the individuals who carried them out. It's not the president no more than it was Bernie Sanders fault for the individual who shot up a baseball field of congressional Republicans. You can't start putting the responsibility of individuals on anybody. But the individual who carries out the crime. To be as clear as possible. Sarah Sanders is correct only the alleged synagogue shooter and only the alleged bombmaker are responsible for their actions, full stop. But it's also true that President Trump despite occasional efforts to unite the nation in the wake of these incidences also taken clear steps to continue to divide us today. Tweeting quote, there is great anger in our country caused in part by an actor at an even fraudulent reporting of the news the fake news media, the true enemy of the people must stop the open and obvious hostility. And report the news accurately and fairly calling the media the enemy of the people again just days after pipebombs were sent to CNN by one of Trump's supporters hours after that tweet another suspicious package arrived at CNN. The president's attitude about how his supporters behave in his refusal to take any responsibility for what he tells them is not new listen to then. Candidate Trump, refusing to even condemn the anti-semites who attacked a reporter who wrote an article about Melania Trump that then candidate and his wife didn't care for. Some of your supporters have viciously attacked this woman Giuliani, antisemitic attacks death threats these people get so angry. What's your message to these people when something like that happen? I haven't read the article, but I heard it was very inaccurate article and heard it was a nasty article a marital who's a very fine woman. These anti about that. I don't know anything about it. Hands of mine supposed- fans. Posting these you'll have to talk to them message to these fans is I don't have a message to the fans, and that's basically been the president's attitude. His supporters are responsible for their own actions. And he's not accountable in any way, the philosophical question on the table. Here is why do we as a society? Consider it important. Why is it a standard for politicians to not inflamed? Passions among supporters using demonizing language or or concocting conspiracy theories or throwing around ugly rhetoric. Why is that our expectation doesn't have something to do with concerns that maybe some supporters will take things too far? That was what Senator Marco Rubio was concerned about in March two thousand sixteen talking about his then rival then candidate Trump. I know people like it. The Donald Trump says whatever he wants, and what they feel like saying, but presidents cannot say anything they want presidents have to understand that their words have consequences often life and death consequences for real people in the real world last week after the pipebombs, but before the ugly attacks in Kentucky in Pittsburgh. Former governor Mitt Romney tweeted, disgusting, vile threats and actions against fellow Americans. And our institutions are sadly unsurprising hate axe. Follow hate speech. It is past time for us to turn down and tune out the rabid rhetoric. Hey, axe follow hate speech. Mitt Romney said there is a belief in the United States of America. That leaders have an obligation to lead their supporters in the right direction, the alleged Pittsburgh shooter tweeted negative things about President Trump. He thought President Trump was to controlled. By Jews to control to actually make America. Great again. But the alleged shooter was motivated by one of President Trump's favorite campaign issues, the one he's been getting up for the last few weeks in preparation for the midterms. This migrant caravan that President Trump demonize is so often that's why the shooter in Pittsburgh said he targeted that synagogue because of this false belief being shopped around all over the place, including by members of congress that Jews various Jews were funding that caravan the caravan that President Trump today referred to as an invasion do words like that matter do hate acts follow hate speech as Mitt Romney said, sadly, that's not a theoretical question for the people Pittsburgh. And that's where we begin tonight. Sarah signers in Pittsburgh near the tree of life synagogue, and Sarah, the suspect Robert Bowers was in court today. Tell us what happened. That's right. That's suspect. He he went to federal court. He was in a wheelchair. He had on handcuffs. There are twenty nine federal counts against him in federal court. He was given no bond and with taken to jail, but you know, look, this is being called the deadliest anti-semitic attack in American history by the anti defamation league, and many have said that the warning signs have been there not just with this suspect, but with many anti semitic accident been happening around this country and that those acts have been growing by leaps and bounds. Investigators say Robert Bowers wanted all Jews to die the suspect using his arsenal of weapons to try and kill as many Jews as he could now faces a myriad of hate crime and murder charges in squirrel hill, the center of Jewish life in and around. Pittsburgh resident Halley Goldstein says fear was never part of the equation until now before everyone was just saying how they felt stronger, and they felt braver, and I don't feel brave. I just feel scared now there is reason to fear eleven people were just slaughtered in a synagogue in America for years incidents of anti-semitism were on the decline in America. Then came the twenty sixteen presidential election since then a meteoric rise thirty four percent increase in two thousand sixteen fifty seven percent increase in twenty seventeen. According to the Anti-Defamation League that tracks it that's the single largest surge we've ever seen. Gene. Since we started tracking this data. Nothing is sacred not human life or places of worship or even where the dead are buried in Omaha. Nebraska, a Veterans Memorial scarred with a swastika in Indiana a synagogue desecrated in Sacramento, California, flyers targeting Jewish students on campus it screams of the same type of graphics in the same type of design that the Nazis used this is in Potter County, Pennsylvania just a few months ago my country. This is also my country, the culture war. No. And no one can forget, the torch bearing men in Charlottesville Virginia, spewing their hate filled rhetoric.