After a national tragedy like the California synagogue shooting, Americans traditionally come together to offer prayers, support and anything else they can to those affected.
Some, however, use it as an excuse to push an agenda.
Soon after last week’s deadly shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue near San Diego, CNN was quick to seemingly turn the tragedy against President Donald Trump.
The network brought a rabbi on and after painting Trump’s administration as a group that excuses white supremacists and asked him how he felt about it. The rabbi expressed fear for himself and his community. The hosts shook their heads, almost as if in disbelief that we have such a racist president. The clip can be seen here.
While these hosts may have been glad they got a slam in on Trump, fellow CNN personality Anderson Cooper was not so lucky.
Interviewing Yisroel Goldstein, the rabbi of the Poway synagogue, Cooper asked him about that day. Goldstein gave a heartfelt and teary account of the massacre, carnage which he witnessed personally, and where he was wounded.
Goldstein, whose grandchildren were in a room behind him, was visibly shaken by the horrifying encounter. His voice cracked as he explained the fear and terror he felt.
Goldstein eventually revealed that Trump even called him — impressing Goldstein with his kindness and comforting words.
Anderson Cooper could do nothing but sit and listen.
I’m sorry @AC360 for the unexpected
— Joel Fischer (@JFNYC1) April 30, 2019
The whole interview can be seen here. Goldstein’s comments about the Trump call start about the 9-minute mark.
Goldstein’s words completely shredded the narrative CNN has been struggling to push since Trump first announced he intended to run for the Oval Office.
Instead of the narrative of Trump as a sort of malevolent buffoon who has a habit of encouraging white supremacists, the president was moved by the tragedy.
Reaching out to those affected by the shooting, he expressed sympathy in a way that Goldstein admits “brought comfort” to the synagogue members.
“For me, that was such a blessing,” Goldstein said. “It really brought comfort to us that the [president of] the United States of America would take 15 minutes of his day to review what happened, and bring comfort and consolation to us.
“And we are very blessed and thankful for that.”
Thankfully, we have a president who doesn’t embrace hate, despite what CNN tells us, but actively rejects it.
Trump’s actions in the aftermath of this tragedy speak louder than any negative spin against him the media tries to play.
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