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After Pittsburgh, All Eyes Are on Trump Once More

The nation turns to a president who has often struggled with empathy and inclusion to provide consolation and unity.
Source: John Altdorfer / Reuters

In moments like this, the aftermath of yet another mass shooting—this one targeted at a synagogue in Pittsburgh—Americans tend to turn to the president for consolation and inspiration. On Saturday, as they turn to Donald Trump, it’s unclear what they might receive from a president whose decisions in moments of crisis, especially this week, often seem off-key.

Authorities identified the alleged gunman as Robert D. Bowers, a 46-year-old Pittsburgh resident, and said he entered the Tree of Life synagogue in the city’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood and opened fire during Shabbat services shortly before 10 a.m. Police told local media he shouted, “All Jews must die.” He was not known to law enforcement prior to the shootings.

Wendell Hissrich, Pittsburgh’s public-safety director, confirmed Saturday afternoon that 11 people were killed. Six were injured, including four police officers, all in stable condition. Two of the four officers were first on the scene. Officers first engaged with Bowers as he was leaving the synagogue; he then went back

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