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Trump hosts rally in Illinois after Pittsburgh synagogue shooting

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President
Donald Trump arrives at Southern Illinois Airport in Murphysboro,
Illinois.


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Photo/Andrew Harnik



  • President Donald Trump hosted a campaign rally in Illinois on
    Saturday night.
  • The event came after a shooting that killed 11 people and
    injured six others at a synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Saturday morning.
  • He considered canceling the event, but said, “We can’t let
    evil change our life and change our schedule.”

Following a week of tragedy, chaos, and fear, President Donald
Trump took the stage in Illinois on Saturday night for another
one of his raucous campaign rallies.

On Saturday morning, a shooter opened fire at the Tree of Life
synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing 11 people and injuring six
others
.

The rest of the week, the nation was gripped by bomb scares as
prominent targets of Trump’s ire, from former President Barack
Obama to CNN, received explosive devices in the mail. Suspect
Cesar Sayoc Jr. has been arrested
and charged
with sending the series of pipe bombs.

As Trump began speaking to the crowd in Murphysboro just before
5:30 p.m. local time, he acknowledged, “This was a rough, rough
week for all of us.”


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President
Donald Trump holds a rally in Illinois on Saturday, October 27,
2018.

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“The hearts of all Americans are filled with grief following the
monstrous killing of Jewish Americans at the Tree of Life
synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania,” he said.

When Trump said the suspect, 48-year-old Robert Bowers, was
in custody, the crowd interrupted him to cheer.

“This evil, anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us,” he
said. “It’s an assault on humanity. It will require all of us
working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism
from our world.”

Trump continued: “The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored,
cannot be tolerated, and it cannot be allowed to continue. We
can’t allow it to continue. It must be confronted and condemned
everywhere it rears its very ugly head.”

The crowd cheered loudly again when Trump saluted the “heroes of
American law enforcement”, four of whom were among those injured
in the shooting.


trump rally illinois
President
Donald Trump speaks to an overflow crowd at the
rally.


AP
Photo/Andrew Harnik



Earlier in the day, the president said gun laws had
“little to do” with the shooting
and that “results would have
been better” if there was “protection” within the synagogue when
a reporter asked if he felt compelled to “revisit gun laws” in
light of the massacre.

Trump said he considered canceling the rally, but ultimately told
reporters on Air Force One en route to the event that he decided
not to because, “We can’t let evil change our life and change our
schedule.”

Speaking on the issue at the rally, he added: “I don’t want to
change our lives for someone sick and evil.”

Trump pivoted from the tragedy in Pennsylvania to call for some
of his pet issues, including religious freedom, law and order,
and “rallying around our great American flag.” He also used the
shooting as an opportunity to champion the death penalty.


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Children
in the audience listen as President Donald Trump speaks at the
Murphysboro rally.


AP
Photo/Andrew Harnik



“If you don’t mind, I’m going to tone it down just a little bit,”
Trump then said, and when some in the crowd loudly shouted,
“No!”, he shifted to full-0n campaign mode, pushing Republican
causes like tougher immigration enforcement.

The president was in southern Illinois showing his support for
Rep. Mike Bost, who’s locked in a tight reelection campaign.

After Saturday’s rally, Trump is heading to at least eight more
states to campaign for Republicans before the midterm elections
in 10 days.

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