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Read our demands to @POTUS after a gunman killed 11 of our brothers and sisters at #TreeOfLife #DorHadash and #NewLight in Squirrel Hill, Pittsburgh. If you are so inclined, please sign your name in support. https://t.co/pVytT2a9Sz— Bend The Arc: Pittsburgh (@bendthearcpgh) October 28, 2018
Progressive Jewish leaders of Bend the Arc issued the open letter on Monday asking Trump and the Republican Party to “denounce white nationalism, stop targeting and endangering all minorities” and “cease assaults on immigrants and refugees” as part of the requirements to show face in Pittsburgh.
On Saturday, 11 congregants were killed by a gunman at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh. As a response, the Pittsburgh chapter of Bend the Arc wrote in its letter that Trump has made Jews, people of color, Muslims, and the LGBTQ community feel unsafe.
“The Trump administration, the Republican Party and their enablers—at all levels—have fomented hate, fear, and white nationalism in our country,” the letter states. “President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.”
On Twitter, people agreed that Trump has no right to go to Pittsburgh if the people of the city don’t want him there.
I guess he'll never be welcome in Pittsburgh then because I don't believe he is capable of being a compassionate, descent human being!! Is it possible to send him a letter stating he's not welcome in the United States until he changes his ways?!?!🤔🙄— LovelyLola (@LovelyLola1313) October 28, 2018
Excellent & brave letter! All politicians should take note of this & all communities should follow suit. Enough is enough. This is not the leadership our country needs. His behavior is UNACCEPTABLE. Period. Everyone should follow this brave stance & demand change. Words matter!— Karen Szomoru (@gardenlover30) October 29, 2018
Grief gives people remarkable courage. I'm glad to see them giving voice to that courage.— Mopshell (@Mopshell) October 29, 2018
Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto told Politico on Sunday that it should be “up to families themselves” whether Trump is allowed to attend any of the memorial services for those killed at the synagogue.
Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Pittsburgh on Tuesday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Monday.
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H/T the Hill
Sunny Kim studies journalism at the University of Texas at Austin. She's an editorial intern with the Daily Dot. Her work has appeared in the Daily Texan and Popular Mechanics.