After being the target of racially motivated killings, the Pittsburgh synagogue’s former president is lashing out at Trump.
Lynette Lederman was recently interviewed on CNN where she was asked about a letter from Pittsburgh Jewish leaders asking the president not to make an appearance after a devastating killing.
“Do you welcome the president to Pittsburgh in the wake of this?” anchor John Berman asked.
“Are you asking me a personal question?” Lederman responded. “I do not welcome this president to my city.”
“Because he’s the purveyor of hate speech. The hypocritical words that come from him tell me nothing. We have very, very strong leadership in this city. We have a very strong mayor with very strong values, a very strong county executive in Rich Fitzgerald. We have people who stand by us, who believe in values — not just Jewish values — and those are not the values of this president.”
The letter sent by Jewish progressive group Bend the Arc shared similar sentiments reading,”For the past three years your words and your policies have emboldened a growing white nationalist movement. You yourself called the murderer evil, but yesterday’s violence is the direct culmination of your influence.”
“President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.”