On Day Of Mass Shooting, Trump Jokes He Nearly Canceled Speech Due To 'Bad Hair Day' (Huffington Post link): On the day of a horrific shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue that claimed the lives of at least 11 people, some people wondered if President Donald Trump would go ahead with planned events for the day, including speaking at the Future Farmers of America Convention in Indianapolis and a rally in Illinois.
Trump decided to go ahead with both events, but he did joke at the FFA Convention that he almost canceled for another reason ― a bad hair day.
He recalled for the crowd that earlier in the day, he had been holding a news conference about the mass shooting ― which he referred to as a “very unfortunate news conference” ― when he became drenched from the wind and rain. The elements apparently left his hair looking not exactly the way he likes it.
“I said, ‘Maybe I should cancel this arrangement because I have a bad hair day,’” he told the crowd. “And the bad news ― somebody said, ‘Actually it looks better than it usually does.’”
Though he drew laughter from the crowd, many people found the joke to be in poor taste, given the circumstances.
“This is a case where if they had an armed guard inside, they might have been able to stop him immediately,” Trump opined when speaking to reporters hours after the attack. “If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better.”
Stanton said this on CNN about Trump’s words:
“The words that I heard from our president today were deeply disappointing. He had one job, to provide comfort for those that were mourning, and instead, his words sounded to me like an advertisement for gun companies… In our tradition that is seen as one of the highest acts of kindness is to be with those who are heartbroken and grieving, and instead, we just heard more empty rhetoric from a person who is already engaged in anti-semitic dog whistles. I was hurt. I was offended, and I was deeply saddened as a human being, a Jewish person, and an American, and a rabbi.”
Then, referring to Trump’s security remarks, he said it felt like victim blaming. “It felt like victim blaming to me,” Stanton, a rabbi at East End Synagogue said. “I was appalled and I was saddened. His job was to comfort victims. Not to blame victims.”
Then, when asked if he thought the problem was growing, he said this: “It’s growing around the world and there’s a rise in nativism. There’s a real fear of the other and I think we’ve been too nice in allowing people to get away with hateful statements. We can’t anymore. And I have to say that today, when there was — during President Trump’s remarks, he repeatedly invoked anti-semitism. Anti-semitism was the motivation for this killing. But this killer equated Jews with welcoming refugees. This is about fighting all hate, fighting hate against refugees, against Jews, against anybody who is seen as being the other.”
The alleged shooter, Robert Bowers, made a number of anti-Semitic and hateful remarks on social media including this one on the day of the attack: “HIAS likes to bring invaders in that kill our people. I can’t sit by and watch my people get slaughtered. Screw your optics, I’m going in.”
But Fox News has often talked about a connection between the caravan and George Soros, who is often described by anti-Semites as the head of a “globalist” effort that is “seeking to undermine a white, Christian social order,” as Talia Levin wrote in the Washington Post recently.
On Thursday, merely two days before Bowers reportedly opened fire at the Pittsburgh synagogue, Lou Dobbs had a guest on the show who directly made the connection between Soros and the caravan. “A lot of these folks have affiliates that are getting money from the Soros-occupied state department,” Chris Farrell, Judicial Watch’s director of investigations and research, said.