Trump calls for death penalty, protection inside synagogue after shooting
Earlier we reported that at least eight people were killed and three people officers were shot and a suspect is in custody following a shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue Saturday morning.
President Trump has weighed in on this senseless massacre saying that the suspect responsible for killing and injuring multiple people and police officers “should get the death penalty,” saying the suspect should “pay the ultimate price.”
Trump addressed the “devastating” shooting that occurred Saturday morning at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood, which is predominantly Jewish while speaking to reporters ahead of boarding Air Force One.
“People who do this should get the death penalty,” Trump said. “I think they should stiffen up laws and I think they should very much bring the death penalty to anybody who does a thing like this to innocent people. They should really suffer the ultimate price—pay the ultimate price. I’ve felt this way for a very long time. People disagree with me, and I can’t imagine why.”
Earlier this month, the president called for the death penalty to be brought against “criminals” who kill police officers. The president has issued calls for a stricter death penalty policy since the 2016 presidential campaign, Fox News reports.
The death penalty is legal in Pennsylvania, though current Gov. Tom Wolf halted the process when he took office in 2015. The last person executed under the death penalty in Pennsylvania was in 1999–the first since 1962.
Trump was asked about tighter gun laws, which he discounted, saying they had “little to do with it.”
“If they had protection inside, the results would have been far better. If they had some kind of protection inside the temple, maybe it could have been a very much different situation,” Trump said. “They didn’t have protection. They had a maniac walk in and they didn’t have any protection.”
The president added that “the world is a violent world.”
“You think when you’re over it, it just goes away,” Trump said. “But then it comes back in the form of a mad man—a whacko.”
Trump added that prior to taking office he “watched instances like this,” calling it a “shame.”
“But it’s even tougher when you’re the president of the United States,” Trump said. “You have to watch this kind of a thing happen, and it’s so sad to see.”
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Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone involved.
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