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Kellyanne Conway says Pittsburgh shooting about ‘anti-religiosity’

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House counselor Kellyanne Conway blamed “anti-religiosity” for a
massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue.

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  • White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday claimed a
    massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend was motivated
    by “anti-religiosity” she claimed is prevalent in the US at
    present. 
  • Saturday’s events in Pittsburgh marked the deadliest
    attack on Jews in US history.  
  • Federal prosecutors have filed
    hate crime charges
    against Robert Bowers, who has been
    accused of killing 11 people in the Tree of Life synagogue in
    Pittsburgh on Saturday.

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday claimed a
massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue over the weekend was motivated
by “anti-religiosity” she claimed is prevalent in the US at
present. 

“The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue
… making fun of people who express religion, the late night
comedians … it’s always anti-religious,” Conway told “Fox and
Friends.”

But evidence from the shooting and law enforcement data suggest
Conway might have downplayed the issue of anti-Semitism in the
US. 

Federal prosecutors have
filed hate crime charges
against Robert Bowers, who has been
accused of killing 11 people in the Tree of Life synagogue in
Pittsburgh on Saturday. During the shooting, Bowers reportedly
made anti-Semitic statements. Evidence of deeply
anti-Semitic sentiments were also found on Bowers’ social
medial. 

Saturday’s events in Pittsburgh marked the
deadliest attack on Jews in US history
.  

Jews were targeted for religiously motivated hate crimes
more than any other faith
in the US in 2016, according to FBI
data, and anti-Semitic incidents in the US surged roughly 60%,
according to the Anti-Defamation League.

Conway on Monday lauded President Donald Trump’s response to the
shooting.

“He denounced anti-Semitism. … He called for the death penalty
for this murder,” she said. “He said the word ‘anti-Semitism.'”

In a separate interview with CNN, Conway said Trump can unite the
country after a series of attempted bombings of high-profile
Democrats, CNN, and other public figures in addition to
Saturday’s synagogue attack. 

“The president is trying to heal the country,” Conway said. 

Trump has continued his attacks on political opponents and the
media in recent days, even after the bomb threats and synagogue
mass shooting. 

On Monday, Trump
tweeted
, “There is great anger in our Country caused in part
by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The
Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open
& obvious hostility & report the news accurately &
fairly. That will do much to put out the flame of Anger and
Outrage and we will then be able to bring all sides together in
Peace and Harmony. Fake News Must End!”

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