Written by Reuters
28 Oct, 2018 | 12:54 pm
Reuters – U.S. President Donald Trump called for bringing the back the death penalty hours after a gunman stormed a Pittsburgh synagogue during on Saturday (October 27) killing 11 worshippers and wounding six people before he was arrested.
Authorities said they planned to bring hate crime and other criminal charges against the suspected, 46-year-old Robert Bowers from Pittsburgh. Speaking at a rally in southern Illinois, Trump said that those responsible for the shooting in Pittsburgh and other similar crimes should pay the “ultimate price.”
Trump called for solidarity with “our Jewish brothers and sisters,” adding that the U.S. would seek the “destruction” of those looking to harm Jews. The president made his remarks before Bowers had been formally charged.
U.S. leaders have typically avoided commenting on the legal outcomes they would like to see following a mass shooting, choosing instead to focus on the suffering of the victims. Bowers had made many anti-Semitic posts online, including one early on Saturday. In another, he slammed U.S. President Donald Trump for doing nothing to stop an “infestation” of the United States by Jews.
The mass shooting prompted security alerts at houses of worship around the country. It follows a spate of pipe bombs found mailed in recent days to prominent political figures, mostly Democrats including former President Barack Obama.
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