Sen. Dick Durbin said Monday the attack on a Poway, California, synagogue was an act of “domestic terrorism” and accused President Trump of fueling hate crimes like it to rise due to his rhetoric.
“Had there been someone from the Middle East involved in this, someone with a green card involved in this, can you imagine the alerts that would have come out from the White House about the threats of terrorism to the United States,“the Illinois Democrat said in an interview with CNN’s “New Day” show.
“And yet this president does just the opposite. With a wink and a nod he says to this nationalist and supremacists, ‘I know they’re just trying to protect the statues of Robert E. Lee,’ ” the senator added, referencing Mr. Trump’s explanation about why he said there were “very fine people on both sides” following the 2017 Charlottesville, Virginia, riots.
When challenged on the president’s quick condemnation at a Green Bay, Wisconsin, rally of the synagogue attack this weekend, Mr. Durbin praised the president for doing so but said Mr. Trump has given people “license” to attack places of worship.
“The point I’m getting to is why do these people feel they have license now to attack synagogues, to attack Sikh temples, to attack churches across the United States. This is really been fomented because of the rhetoric we’re hearing from the White House,” Mr. Durbin said.
“I think the president and his rhetoric is very loose and as a consequence, people feel a permission slip to move forward in areas they never have before,” the senator added.
Mr. Trump offered condolences Monday for the victims of the California synagogue shooting that left one person dead and three injured.The suspect in the deadly shooting, 19-year-old John T. Earnest, turned himself into the police shortly after the attack.
I spoke at length yesterday to Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein, Chabad of Poway, where I extended my warmest condolences to him and all affected by the shooting in California. What a great guy. He had a least one finger blown off, and all he wanted to do is help others. Very special!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 29, 2019
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The Democraps are killing each other in their rush to say the most stupid and ignorant statements
Guess he will decide to also run for President soon. He has the above qualifications
It’s always trumps fault (it’s a great way to not fix your own problems)
To my fellow citizens of Illinois: NEVER again vote for “FarDorbiner” Sen. Durbin.
Our sincerest appreciation to the No. 1 of the “Chasidei Umos HaOlam”: our President!
Avraham, from a fellow Illinoisan I agree wholeheartedly but we are a blue state as is New York and this is the kind of shmutz we are stuck with. Both Senators & Congresswoman do not represent us. And they are in for life.
Durbin is a filthy liar. He’s also a coward; in 2001 when there was an anthrax scare in congress, he was the only congressman who panicked and ran home to Illinois, and stayed there until the threat was over. 534 out of 535 congressmen stayed on the job; only he left.