The deaths of 11 people in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday — at the hands of an alleged gunman who said, “I just want to kill Jews” — were the result of America’s “anti-religiosity” in general, according to Kellyanne Conway.
The Daily Beast reported Monday that Conway, who is counselor to President Donald Trump, played down anti-Semitism in favor of the generalization during an interview with Fox & Friends:
> When Conway was asked by Fox & Friends if Trump’s rhetoric has encouraged violence, she said: “The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue... making fun of people who express religion, the late-night comedians... It’s always anti-religious.” She added: “What’s important is what the president has done—he denounced anti-Semitism... he called for the death penalty for this murder. He said the word ‘anti-Semitism.’”
The alleged gunman, Robert Bowers, did not appear to take issue with religion in general but Jews specifically, reportedly telling authorities: “They’re committing genocide to my people. I just want to kill Jews.”
> On the social-media site Gab, Bowers wrote specifically of wanting to kill Jews who he blamed for encouraging a migrant caravan to come to the United States through Mexico.