In the wake of the shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue, many on the left are trying to twist the horrific incident into a black mark for President Trump. Protesters showed up at a GOP rally, intending to do just that, overstepping all bounds of decency when they ruined a moment of silence in memory of the victims.
Senate candidate Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn) was holding a “Get out and Vote” rally in Davidson County, Tennessee on Sunday and decided to have a minute of silence in memory of the victims of the shooting the day before.
Blackburn said, “Let’s take a moment and remember those who lost their lives in Pittsburgh and express our gratitude for the law enforcement who responded so beautifully. A moment of silence.”
The moment was ruined by protesters who yelled out “Impeach Trump” and called Blackburn a “white supremacist.”
Gillum Ferguson, press secretary for the Tennessee Republican Party, told the Tennessean some of the protesters were quietly asked to leave the event but declined. “They said you’re going to have to call the cops and we called the cops,” Ferguson said.
Police removed five protesters from the rally.
As the crowd quieted, Blackburn said, “How despicable that you cannot even have a moment of silence.”
Blackburn, in her own statement, added: “The liberal angry mob made it clear they are active in Tennessee and will stop at nothing to disrupt civil political discourse. They resisted law enforcement, and they interrupted a moment of silence for the victims in Pittsburgh.”
The incident at Blackburn’s event is indicative of the currently highly divisive atmosphere of public discourse in the U.S. So much so, that it has even infected simple acts to honor the dead. Much of the blame and anger over the Pittsburgh shooting is aimed at President Trump, whose status as an anti-Semite would seem to contradict his having a Jewish daughter and several Jewish grandchildren. The vitriol aimed at the president is misplaced as Bowers, the Pittsburgh shooter, posted on social media that he hated Trump specifically due to his support of the Jews and Israel. Labelling Blackburn is perplexing since “white supremacists” do not usually hold moments of silence for slain Jews.
The criticism aimed at Trump was further deflected by Israeli Ambassador to the U.S., Ron Dermer who addressed this on a Fox News interview on Sunday. Demer praised the president for saying that “those who are trying to destroy the Jewish people, we will destroy them.”
“Not only did I hear that statement, I heard it applauded by all of Trump’s supporters at that rally. That should tell people that this is the actions of the extremes. It could be neo-Nazis on the right, it could be militant Islamists on the left, it could be all sorts of people in between. Anti-Semitism is not a product of one side of the political spectrum,” said Dermer.
“To pin this all at the foot of President Trump is wrong. I very much appreciate, and the Prime Minister of Israel appreciated his strong condemnation of anti-Semitism yesterday.”
“What I think has to happen is that people across the political spectrum should stand together against this hate and they shouldn’t just call out anti-Semites on the other side of the political aisle. They have to call out anti-Semites on their own side of the political aisle,” stressed the Israeli Ambassador.