White House staffer Kellyanne Conway criticized the thousands of Pittsburghers who protested the President’s visit to the city Tuesday in the aftermath of a synagogue shooting Saturday that left 11 Jews dead.
In an interview with Fox News’ Bret Baier from the White House lawn, Conway said it was “unfortunate people were out there politically protesting with different messages today.”
“That is their First Amendment right, but this President was not about politics today, he was about the mourning in Pittsburgh,” Conway said.
“People who want to find negative will always find it,” she added later, after Baier asked if she expected that Trump would “speak out more about this, against white nationalism or anti-Semitism?”
Conway said Trump has been “doing that, though, all along.”
The mayor of Pittsburgh himself urged Trump not to visit the city so soon after Saturday’s massacre because funerals for the victims are ongoing. In fact, politicians on both sides of aisle declined to accompany Trump during his trip.
When Trump arrived at the Tree of Life synagogue Tuesday, he was greeted outside by two people: Rabbi Jeffrey Myers and Ron Dermer, Israel’s ambassador to the United States. The White House did not immediately respond to TPM’s questions about why Dermer was there to greet Trump.
Conway on Pittsburghers protesting Trump's visit: “I think it's unfortunate people were out there politically protesting with different messages today." She added later: “People who want to find negative will always find it." pic.twitter.com/V2qqsOtrIB
— Matt Shuham (@mattshuham) October 30, 2018