Tree of Life Rabbi 'Surprised' by Trump's 'Warm and Personal Side'
Tree of Life Synagogue Rabbi Jeffrey Myers says it's a side 'America has never seen'
Following the constant demonization of the president by the mainstream media, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life synagogue said when he met Trump, he was "pleasantly surprised by a warm and personal side" that "America has never seen."
Speaking to CNN on Thursday, Rabbi Myers discussed the president’s visit in the wake of the horrific shooting attack that claimed the lives of 11 people last weekend.
Describing their meeting on Wednesday, Myers said President Donald Trump was “very consoling” and he saw a “warm and personal side to the president.”
“[Trump] put his hand on my shoulder and the first question he asked me was, ‘Rabbi, tell how you are doing?’" Myers recalled during an interview on CNN’s “New Day.”
He added, “And I must say throughout the time we spent together, I was pleasantly surprised by a warm and personal side to the president that I don’t think America has ever seen.”
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Since revealing that he would welcome President Donald Trump to his synagogue in the wake of the tragic mass shooting, Rabbi Jeffrey Myers was forced to confront a deluge of hate in response.
Myers is the rabbi for Pittsburgh Tree of Life, where Robert Bowers is accused of slaying almost a dozen people.
“I heard him execute my congregants,” he said.
The demand had actually come from “Bend the Arc,” a left-wing organization committed to electing Democrats — and founded in part by Alexander Soros, the son of left-wing billionaire mega-donor George Soros.
“I’m a citizen. He’s my president. He is certainly welcome,” Myers said.
“Hate is not blue, hate is not red, hate is not purple… hate is in all,” he continued.
“Speak words of love, speak words of decency and of respect.
"When the message comes loud and clear, Americans will hear that and we can begin to change the tenor of our country.”
Tree of Life Rabbi Jeffrey Myers on President Trump's Pittsburgh visit: “I was pleasantly surprised by a warm and personal side to the President that I don’t think America has ever seen” pic.twitter.com/Jzpk3J1KBS— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) November 1, 2018
Pittsburgh’s Democratic mayor William Peduto disagrees.
“If the president is looking to come to Pittsburgh, I would ask that he not do so while we are burying the dead,” he said.
Robert Bowers faces a litany of charges, for which Federal prosecutors are expected to seek the death penalty.
Those charges include 11 counts of criminal homicide, six counts of aggravated assault, 13 counts of ethnic intimidation, as well as firearm and hate crime offenses.