Nikki Haley compares Pittsburgh response to Charleston: 'We didn’t once blame Pres. Obama'

Outgoing U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki HaleyNimrata (Nikki) HaleyPoll shows Michelle Obama would lead in New Hampshire if she entered 2020 Democratic race Five ways Trump's Syria decision spells trouble Tulsi Gabbard rips Trump's Syria decision: 'Kurds are now paying the price' MORE slammed those blaming President TrumpDonald John TrumpDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Warren warns Facebook may help reelect Trump 'and profit off of it' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' MORE's rhetoric for Saturday’s shooting at a Pittsburgh-area synagogue, saying such blame was not placed at then-President Obama’s feet after a shooter opened fire at an African-American church in Charleston, S.C., during his administration.

“I have struggled [with] what happened in Pitts [because] it’s so similar to what happened in Chas. The country was very racially divided @ the time," Haley tweeted Tuesday morning. "We didn’t once blame Pres. Obama. We focused solely on the lives lost & their families. Have some respect for these families & stop the blame,” Haley, who served as governor of South Carolina before taking the role at the U.N., tweeted Monday night.

Critics of Trump have alleged that the president's rhetoric has led to a heated political environment that saw explosive devices sent to prominent Democrats, former security officials and CNN last week, as well as Saturday’s shooting at a synagogue that left 11 dead.

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“Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions,” House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocratic senator rips Trump's 'let them fight' remarks: 'Enough is enough' Trump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' MORE (D-Calif) and Senate Minority Leader Charles SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTrump touts Turkey cease-fire: 'Sometimes you have to let them fight' Mattis responds to Trump criticism: 'I guess I'm the Meryl Streep of generals' Democrats vow to push for repeal of other Trump rules after loss on power plant rollback MORE (D-N.Y.) said last week in a joint statement about the explosive devices.

“Expressing support for the congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protesters, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people,” they added.

The White House has condemned both the mailed explosive devices and the Pittsburgh shooting while denying any culpability.

“I think it's irresponsible to blame the president and members of his administration for those heinous acts,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said at a press briefing Monday.

The alleged Pittsburgh gunman reportedly yelled anti-Semitic slurs before firing upon members attending services at the Tree of Life Synagogue on Saturday.  

Trump has had to distance himself from anti-Semites before, particularly after appearing reluctant to condemn neo-Nazis at the deadly rally in Charlottesville, Va., last year and posting a since-deleted tweet during his presidential campaign calling Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFarrow: Clinton staff raised concerns over Weinstein reporting Perry says Trump directed him to discuss Ukraine with Giuliani: report The Memo: Once the front-runner, Biden now vulnerable MORE the “Most Corrupt Candidate Ever!” with words transposed over a red Star of David and a pile of money.

The 2015 shooting at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in downtown Charleston by an avowed white supremacist left nine dead. Critics on the right claimed throughout Obama’s presidency that he stoked racial divisions, often citing his claims that there was racial discrimination in the justice system.

Updated at 9:50 a.m.