Trump condemns Pennsylvania synagogue shooting, anti-Semitism in Hanukkah message

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President Trump on Sunday denounced anti-Semitism and promised support to the victims of the October shooting at Pittsburgh’s Tree of Life synagogue in his Hanukkah greeting.

“Jews today continue to face many different forms of violence, hatred, and bigotry around the globe,” Trump said in the presidential message sent out by the White House.

{mosads}”We remember all those from the Tree of Life—Or L’Simcha Congregation—whose lives were tragically taken in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, this past October.”

A gunman stormed the Tree of Life synagogue, reportedly screaming “all Jews must die” as he fired at those gathered to worship.

Eleven people were killed and several others, including police officers, were wounded.

Following the shooting, some progressive Jewish leaders told Trump he was not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounced white nationalism. Trump denounced the attack as anti-Semitic on the day of the incident.

“As one Nation, we pledge our continued love and support for the victims, their families, and the community, and we pray that the victims’ families find some measure of peace and comfort during this holiday season,” Trump said in the Hanukkah message on Sunday.

Trump also sent “warmest greetings to our Jewish brothers and sisters in the United States, in Israel, and around the world celebrating Hanukkah” from himself and the first lady.

“Together, we reaffirm the truth that light will always break through the darkness,” he said. “We send our very best wishes for a blessed and happy Hanukkah.”

Trump also courted controversy last year when he hosted a White House Hanukkah party to which congressional Democrats and Jewish leaders who have been critical of Trump were not invited. The White House has not announced plans for a Hanukkah party yet this year.

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