President Donald Trump never got a warm reception when he visited grieving Pittsburgh. Even Mayor Bill Peduto told Trump that he wasn’t welcome.
If there was something that the survivors wanted, it was to be left in peace to bury their deadEven the senior members of his own party refused to accompany him.
Trump ignored everything and flew to Pittsburgh only to be confronted by thousands of livid local citizens who declared that the president “unwelcome in our city and in our country” according to the Facebook post organizing one of the two major protests that eventually merged into one giant anti-Trump rally.
— Steve Herman (@W7VOA) October 30, 2018
As President Trump arrives in Pittsburgh, hundreds of residents gather in Squirrel Hill for a protest telling him he’s not welcome in their city. pic.twitter.com/iGlOb0c5li
— Clint Hendler (@clinthendler) October 30, 2018
Mayor Peduto warned Trump of the reaction he would face and the danger he was inflicting upon the people of Pittsburgh with his visit.
“All attention should be on the victims,” Peduto said Monday. “We do not have enough public safety officials to provide enough protection at the funerals and … at the same time draw attention to a potential presidential visit.”
Consequently, both Mayor Peduto and Allegheny County Executive Rich Fitzgerald refused to appear with the president after he decided to ignore the wishes of the mourners and travel to the scene of the slaughter he had inspired.
Giulianna Lamanna is protesting to “honor the eleven people who were lost to hatred, and to send a message to Trump, who has fanned the flames of hate and is partially responsible for this tragedy, and is only making things worse by coming.”
She’s also wearing this jacket. pic.twitter.com/UCjOV6lr90
— julia reinstein 🚡 (@juliareinstein) October 30, 2018
Protestors were adamant that the president’s visit was an insult to the memories of the slain victims.
“This didn’t happen in a vacuum, “Ardon Shorr told The Washington Post. “There is a growing trend of white nationalism. And that has been enabled by Trump, who traffics in the kind of conspiracy theories that we know were foremost in the mind of the shooter last Saturday. He’s not tolerated here, and we didn’t consent to him coming.”
“He’s done nothing but stoke the type of fear and hatred that led to this,” said Ben Case, 34. “And he’s coming here for a photo op and to check it off his list. But we know he’s not part of the solution.”
You can watch a video of Pittsburgh’s reaction to the president’s visit in the video below.