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Kellyanne Conway, a senior member of President Donald Trump‘s administration, suggested to the hosts of Fox & Friends on Monday that “anti-religiosity” and “the unfunny people on TV shows” were partly to blame for the shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend.
Bowers told a SWAT officer after his arrest that he wanted all Jews to die because they “were committing genocide to his people,” according to CNN.
Conway discussed the attack with Fox & Friends and seemed to imply that “anti-religiosity” was to blame for it occurring.
“The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue and funny–to make fun of anybody of faith to be constantly making fun of people who express religion–the late night comedians, the unfunny people on TV shows; it’s always anti-religious,” she said. “And remember, these people were gunned down in their place of worship, as were the people in South Carolina several years ago. They were there because they were people of faith, and it’s that faith that needs to bring us together. This is no time to be driving God out of the public square–no time to be making fun of people.”
Conway’s remarks did not sit well with people online.
Vampire Barbie wants us to blame the (((late night comedians))) for the murder of 11 elderly Jews people. https://t.co/DSETXFaehQ— Molly Jong☠️Fast (@MollyJongFast) October 29, 2018
They’re literally running out of ideas on who to blame. https://t.co/ff45K2KAUD— Bob Wassell (@wassbobb) October 29, 2018
You @FoxNews literally supported the MUSLIM travel ban. Muslim = "someone who follows or practices Islam, a monotheistic Abrahamic religion". YOU are the problem. YOU preach hate and division. YOU are the "Fake News". YOU are a propaganda machine for @realDonaldTrump @POTUS STFU https://t.co/bsihfp6QKr— Chas. Allan (@ChasAllan) October 29, 2018
Conway's suggestion that both the Pittsburgh synagogue massacre and the Charleston church massacre were motivated by something other than white nationalism is a dangerous lie. https://t.co/225ojlfKc0— 🚗 💜 (@Drives_swiftly) October 29, 2018
This takes the cake for worst takes.— Anita (@sommanita) October 29, 2018
This isn’t anti-religiosity. This is hate and this hate is rooted in anti-Semitic rhetoric, period. https://t.co/lEPhF4u591
No. Just no.— rebecca lipson (@rebeccalipson) October 29, 2018
Jews were murdered because of Anti-Semitism. African Americans were murdered because of racism. Hatred of the other is driving this violence. Hatred you and your boss promote everyday.
We have to vote. We have to fight back against this hatred. https://t.co/LQXttZ7oY0
Bowers was charged on 29 different counts, including “obstruction of exercise of religious beliefs resulting in death.”
Andrew Wyrich is a politics staff writer for the Daily Dot, covering the intersection of politics and the internet. Andrew has written for USA Today, NorthJersey.com, and other newspapers and websites. His work has been recognized by the Society of the Silurians, Investigative Reporters & Editors (IRE), and the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ).