Pittsburgh residents and city leaders divided over imminent Trump visit

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

Pittsburgh Synagogue Shooting

According to Reuters, Bowers has a "history of posting anti-Semitic material online and faces 29 counts, including a hate crime charge".

"The U.S. military - what I expect from our troops and what I see of them - is men and women working respectfully alongside each other, people who look at other people's religion as a private matter to be respected", Mattis added.

The man who allegedly shot up a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday and killed 11 people in what is likely the deadliest anti-Semitic attack in US history was later treated by Jewish medical staffers for his wounds.

The church condemned "hate-filled rhetoric that has become so prevalent", and said that anti-Semitism has no place in society.

She said Trump is not responsible for these acts any more than Bernie Sanders was responsible for one of his supporters opening fire on a Republican congressional baseball practice a year ago.

ACHIEVA, which operates a community home for disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh area, told reporters that they received no less than three phone communications from an unidentified person who was angry and swearing at those people who answered the phone.

Ignoring the mayor's pleas, the president intends to travel to Pittsburgh on Tuesday with his wife Melania - and his daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who are practising Orthodox Jews.

"Yes, words matter", Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto, a Democrat, said during a CNN interview on Monday.

A courtroom sketch of Robert Gregory Bowers, wounded in a gun battle with police, as he appeared in a wheelchair at federal court, October 29, 2018, in Pittsburgh.

Afterwards, he surrendered himself to police, and is said to have made a slew of vile racist posts about Jews before embarking on the killing spree. In one, he described Trump as a "globalist" and said that Trump was not "winning".

According to KDKA, four people are dead, possibly as many as 7 or 8 after the active shooting at the synagogue.

Beth Melena, campaign spokeswoman for Wolf, said the governor did not plan to return to Pittsburgh as part of Trump's visit on Tuesday.

In an open letter to Trump, members of the city's Bend the Arc organization wrote that his policies as president "have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement", and that he is not welcome until he "fully [denounces] white nationalism".

"All of America is in mourning over the mass murder of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh".

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