A Presbyterian minister was caught on video unleashing an obnoxious scream fest at President Trump during his Tuesday visit to the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, where he paid his respects to the victims of this weekend’s horrifying shooting.
The Rev. Susan Rothenberg lives several houses away from the synagogue and decided to venture out to the location and give the president a piece of her mind, telling him in no uncertain terms, that he was not welcome in the neighborhood.
“It’s not about you! Let the families grieve! This is our neighborhood! You are not welcome here!” she yelled.
“Sorry,” Rothenberg said without hollering once she noticed she was being recorded. She then added, “We don’t want him here. We don’t want him on our street. We have people that can’t sit shiva because you’re blocking our streets!”
Sitting shiva refers to a weeklong period of mourning in Judaism during which the grieving “sometimes sit on low stools or boxes while they receive condolence calls.”
“These people can’t grieve! You’re causing them pain! You don’t belong here! This our neighborhood!” Rothenberg continued.
Hilariously, there was a moment when Rothenberg said everyone was welcome there, then turned around and said Trump wasn’t welcome.
“You only care about you! You are not welcome on my street! These are my neighbors that were killed! You are not welcome in Squirrel Hill!” Rothenberg added. “Do you understand that?”
Here are a few reactions to the video that demonstrate not everyone is in agreement with the woman’s message:
“I guess she missed the entire point of the last few days. Hate is not welcomed or supported in Pittsburgh. She is fueling the very hate she says she’s against!”
“Wow are you kidding me? Leave your differences aside and stop being a disrespectful child in a time of mourning.”
“This is not the Pittsburgh I grew up in, nor is it the Presbyterian Church I grew up in. The man wasn’t here to be with political people, but came with his family to honor the deceased and first responders, and visit those who were wounded. He did not affect you or the families of the deceased. Spewing hatred is the problem. I’m ashamed for these actions.”
“This lady just wanted attention. Notice her smile and cover her face than say sorry when she saw she was being recorded and getting the attention she wanted. She doesn’t care that her neighbors are trying to grieve for loved ones if she truly did she wouldn’t add to the chaos.”
During a time of mourning, it would be nice if folks could put away their bias for just a little while and ban together. We feel so divided right now that it seems even when tragedy strikes, we can’t find common ground with each other.
This is a tragic turn of events for our country. Whether we want to admit it or not, we need each other, in good times and bad. Hopefully folks start to remember that truth sooner rather than later.
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