Media Spins One Group’s Letter Into Pittsburgh Rejecting Trump

Media Spins One Group’s Letter Into Pittsburgh Rejecting Trump

Media Spins One Group’s Letter Into Pittsburgh Rejecting Trump

The headline reads “Jewish leaders tell Trump he’s not welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism.” Or some variation of that headline. The problem is… who are these “Jewish leaders”? Because they aren’t from Tree of Life Synagogue.

Here is the headline, on Twitter:


And here is the text. See if you can spot the difference.

A group of Jewish leaders told President Trump that he is no longer welcome in Pittsburgh until he denounces white nationalism following the shooting at a synagogue there over the weekend.

Eleven members of the Pittsburgh affiliate of Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice penned a letter to Trump following the Saturday shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue.

The letter from this one group reads, in part:

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 fully denounce white nationalism.

Our Jewish community is not the only group you have targeted. You have also deliberately undermined the safety of people of color, Muslims, LGBTQ people, and people with disabilities. Yesterday’s massacre is not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country.

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you stop targeting and endangering all minorities.

The murderer’s last public statement invoked the compassionate work of the Jewish refugee service HIAS at the end of a week in which you spread lies and sowed fear about migrant families in Central America. He killed Jews in order to undermine the efforts of all those who find shared humanity with immigrants and refugees.

The “about” page for Bend the Arc states:

Bend the Arc is a movement of tens of thousands of progressive Jews all across the country. For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society. Now we’re rising up in solidarity with everyone threatened by the Trump agenda to fight for the soul of our nation.

So, this is a left-wing, progressive group, which happens to be Jewish and has a branch located in Pittsburgh, of whom eleven members decided to write an open letter to President Trump, and the media is writing headlines as if the entire Jewish community of Pittsburgh is standing at the city limits to block the president’s motorcade, except… the group’s letter acknowledges that they don’t speak for everyone.

While we cannot speak for all Pittsburghers, or even all Jewish Pittsburghers, we know we speak for a diverse and unified group when we say:

President Trump, you are not welcome in Pittsburgh until you commit yourself to compassionate, democratic policies that recognize the dignity of all of us.

But they have DEMANDS, and want everyone to sign on.


Lucky for them, the media is the first to sign up. This is incredibly irresponsible to give a single unknown group, unaffiliated with the synagogue where the murders actually happened, this kind of coverage. Why do it? Because the left has a narrative. Blame Trump. Blame the Jews who voted for Trump. Kick them out the synagogue.


Meanwhile, those who are grieving and burying loved ones from Tree of Life Synagogue are probably not thinking of politics right now, even as one of their rabbis spoke last night at an interfaith vigil and asked people, political leaders included, to watch what they say.

These families want to bury their dead in accordance with Jewish tradition (something the medical examiner mentioned today, recognizing that the victims’ faith traditions would be respected even in the middle of an active investigation), mourn according to tradition, and want their privacy to do all of those things. For a left-wing progressive group to grandstand on top of their grief is ugly. For the media to be doctoring up the spin because they want to preserve the narrative is dishonest and sick.

UPDATE 1:40 PM ET:
Narrative busted. Not that the media cares.


Well said, Rabbi. May you and your congregation know that you are lifted in prayer.

Featured image: Skyline of Downtown Pittsburgh (image via Pixabay)

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3 Comments
  • GWB says:

    Bend the Arc: A Jewish Partnership for Justice
    Jewish Partnership for Progressivism is more likely.
    progressive Jews
    Oh, look, there it is.

    For the past three years [emphasis mine]
    Ummmmm………..

    deliberately undermined
    That’s an actual accusation, bordering on libel.

    not the first act of terror you incited against a minority group in our country
    Could you help out the rest of us and maybe list a couple? (Yeah, I didn’t think so.)

    The murderer’s last public statement…
    Also condemned Trump as being your patsy. So… *scratches head*

    you spread lies … about migrant families in Central America
    Ummmm, those weren’t lies. And there are very few “migrants” or “families” in that invasion column.

    For years, we’ve worked to build a more just society
    No, you have not. You’ve worked for progressivism, which is inherently UNjust.

    we know we speak for a diverse and unified group when we say
    “Diverse and unified”? Dude, you’re a subset of progressive Jews. It doesn’t get much less diverse than that. (Unless you’re talking about, say, the folks who run the NYT.)

    For a left-wing progressive group to grandstand on top of their grief is ugly.
    But, sadly, par for the course. David “Camera” Hogg? Shannon Watts? 0bama? Slick Willie’s instan-on waterworks? At least as far back as the Wellstone funeral.

    • GWB says:

      Oh, and guess who runs “Bend The Arc”?
      .
      .
      .
      Alexander Soros
      Surprised?

      And who was its director?
      Hadar Susskind – formerly of J Street (an anti-Israel prog group)

      (h/t Daily Wire, through PJ Media’s Live Blog)

  • a bee ee? says:

    I wonder what Bend the Arc’s reaction would have been if the shooter was named Walid Mohammed, Tyrone Scruggs, or equivalent.

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