Thousands march through streets in opposition to Donald Trump’s Pittsburgh visit

The event was the coalition of two progressive Jewish groups and was largely a peaceful affair.

President Donald Trump visited Pittsburgh today. He spent time inside the Tree of Life synagogue and visited wounded survivors of the attack at UPMC Presbyterian.

“We know that Trump is responsible for the violence in our city,” said Arielle Cohen of IfNotNow Pittsburgh. “We know that white nationalism and fascism have taken root.”

Cohen said that Trump’s policies of restricting immigrants and refugees from coming into the U.S. are interconnected to other things happening throughout the country. Robert Bowers, the alleged shooter, had an extensive social media history of anti-Semitic and anti-immigrant posts. Bowers posted on the Saturday of the shooting a criticism of the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society and claimed the group was bringing “invaders in that kill our people.”

Ryan Deto, Pittsburgh City Paper, October 30, 2018
CP photo: Jared Wickerham