President Trump is once again bashing the ‘Fake News Media’, but this time targeting CNN and other outlets for ‘inaccurately reporting’ his earlier attacks on them where he blamed the deadly Pittsburgh synagogue shooting on a coarsening tone from the political press.
‘CNN and others in the Fake News Business keep purposely and inaccurately reporting that I said the ”Media is the Enemy of the People.” Wrong! I said that the ”Fake News (Media) is the Enemy of the People,” a very big difference. When you give out false information – not good!,’ Trump tweeted Monday evening.
This comes after his earlier tweets Monday which said: ‘There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly.
‘That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!’
President Donald Trump (pictured Saturday in Indiana) reacted Monday to a mass shooting in a Pennsylvania synagogue by blaming media coverage that he says has coarsened the nation through hostility to him
Trump is once again bashing the ‘Fake News Media’, but this time targeting CNN and other outlets for ‘inaccurately reporting’ his earlier attacks on them
He took to Twitter Monday evening to clarify his earlier attacks on the media
Trump said ‘great anger’ in the U.S. is caused ‘in part’ by false news reporting
These Stars of David with the names of five of the 11 people killed at the Tree of Life Synagogue are part of a memorial of flowers and stars that have collected outside the temple after a gunman killed 11 people there on Saturday
Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life/Or L’Simcha Congregation stood near the synagogue and wore a yarmulke with a Pittsburgh Pirates logo on Monday morning
‘Fake News Must End!’ the president boomed online, just eight days before a midterm congressional election that could determine the fuure of his presidency
Federal prosecutors said Monday that they will seek the death penalty for the shooting suspect, who is charged with 11 counts of murder
Robert Bowers, 46, has a history of posting anti-Semitic material online. He faces 29 criminal counts in all, including the violation of a federal ‘hate crimes’ law.
He was also a ‘verified’ user on Gab, a social media platform set up as a rival to Twitter where right-wingers could assemble without fear of being banned.
Robert Bowers, 46, will face a federal death-penalty tiral for allegedly gunning down 11 Jews at their temple on Saturday
That entire website went dark on Monday after its hosting service, GoDaddy, canceled its service. PayPal, co-founded by the Trump-backing venture capitalist Peter Thiel, had already withdrawn Gab’s ability to accept online payments.
Gab CEO Andrew Torba said on Twitter that the synagogue shooting was an ‘act of terrorism,’ and that his site had suspended Bowers’ account and turned over its contents to law enforcement .
Trump told reporters on Saturday that he wants to visit Pittsburgh to mourn with members of the Tree of Life Synagogue.
A small group of Jewish liberals circulated an open letter on Sunday demanding that he ‘fully denounce white nationalism’ before coming.
In a letter addressed to the President, members of Bend the Arc accused Trump of contributing to Saturday’s tragedy by ‘spread[ing] lies and sow[ing] fear about migrant families in Central America.’
Bowers’ profile on the now-dormant Gab social media platform read that Jews ‘are the children of satan. and included a photo of a radar gun displaying the Nazi hate symbol 1488
Bowers was not a Trump fan, arguing that he wasn’t a true ‘nationalist’ and that his quest to ‘Make America Great Again’ couldn’t be realized without eradicating an ‘infestation’ of Jews
On Sunday night the president tweeted that some news outlets are ‘doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country.’
As on Monday, he argued that dishonest reporting is responsible.
Trump didn’t specify how ‘fraudulent’ journalism is to blame for the nation’s caustic turn, but he has long claimed a press corps dead-set against his success has framed him unfairly as a bigot.
The president began referring to some media organizations as ‘enemies of the people’ early in his White House term, but generally has applied the term only to a handful of press outlets including CNN, MSNBC, ABC News, The New York Times and The Washington Post.
One Times reporter sniped back on Twitter after Trump wrote that the media should ‘report the news accurately & fairly.’
Police secured the scene where multiple people were shot on Saturday
Bowers was apprehended at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood after the massacre that left 11 dead and six injured
Trump resents journalists for uncritically reporting liberals’ claims that he’s an anti-Semite
‘President Trump is not responsible for the anti-Semitism that has existed really in the United States in an increased fashion over the last couple of decades,’ says Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer
Trump put down a marker on Sunday night, signaling that he would be blaming the media for the nation’s caustic political atmosphere
‘It is being reported accurately,’ Maggie Haberman tweeted. She said Trump knows what he’s doing by antagonizing the press.
‘This isn’t a lack of understanding of the impact of these words. This is a strategy,’ she tweeted. ‘Describing it as ‘he doesn’t get it’ is a form of grading on a curve.’
Much of Hollywood reacted angrily over the weekend, calling the president a Klansman and a racist, and advocating for the election of Democrats.
‘Just heard about Pittsburg [sic] – all this violence & hatred – begins to end with yr votes,’ actor/director John Cusack tweeted. ‘[T]he gop must go – every last one – and their kkkult leader /the arch criminal trump must be driven out of power.’
Actor Josh Malina tweeted: ‘Whether or not a direct line from his words to today’s horrific acts can be drawn, Trump’s anti-Jewish rhetoric and dog whistles make such attacks more likely. And the same can be said for the garbage he spouts about other groups. #VoteBlueToSaveAmerica’
GQ reporter Julia Ioffee tweeted: ‘[A] word to my fellow American Jews: This president makes this possible. Here. Where you live. I hope the embassy move over there, where you don’t live was worth it.’
New York Times reporter Maggie Haberman fired back at Trump on Monday morning
Jewish residents who live near the synagogue are pictured outside after the shooting; four police officers were among the injured
Politico fired Ioffe a month after the 2016 election for suggesting on Twitter that the then-president-elect was having sex with his daughter Ivanka.
Sunday night during a Fox News Channel interview, Israel’s ambassador to the United States said Trump has been an unusually forceful advocate for Jews.
The president’s daughter Ivanka and son-in-law JaredKushner, and their children, are Jewish.
‘Anti-Semitism did not begin in 2016,’ said Ambassador Ron Dermer.
‘President Trump is not responsible for the anti-Semitism that has existed really in the United States in an increased fashion over the last couple of decades.’
Hollywood actors like John Cusack and Josh Malina pounced over the weekend, calling Trump a ‘kkk’ leader and blaming him for unspecified ‘anti-Jewish rhetoric’
Dermer blamed the rise of anti-Jewish fervor on social media platforms that allow fringe groups to organize.
He said Trump’s remarks on Saturday, just hours after the shooting, show the president has a take-no-prisoners attitude to attacks lauched against Americans because of their faiths.
‘I’ve been following anti-Semitism and leaders, statments against anti-Semitism for 20, 25 years. I have never heard a statement the likes of which I heard yesterday from President Trump,’ Dermer said, ‘where he said [to] those who are trying to destroy the Jewish people, we will destroy them.’
‘I heard it applauded by all of Trump’s supporters at that rally,’ he added.
The president said Saturday before speaking in Indiana that ‘this wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe, and frankly something that is unimaginable.’
‘This was an anti-Semitic act,’ Trump said. ‘You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age, but we just don’t seem to learn from the past.’