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Conway Blasts Media and Late-Night Hosts, Says ‘Anti-Religiosity’ to Blame for Synagogue Shooting

White House counselor reminds others of exactly what Trump said

White House counselor Kellyanne Conway, in a Monday interview on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends,” rebuked CNN and mainstream media outlets, along with “unfunny” late-night comedians, for their “anti-religiosity” — and for rushing to blame President Donald Trump for last week’s bomb threats and the synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, over the weekend.

“[Trump] denounced anti-Semitism in all forms. He said we must rise above this evil. He has called for the death penalty for this murderer in Pittsburgh who gunned down 11 innocent people because of their faith,” Conway said.

“And he said the word anti-Semitism, anti-Semite, any number of times.”

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“I can’t believe on these shows yesterday and over of the weekend, people are — politicians — pointing the finger, media making it about themselves. Cut it out,” Conway continued. “This president is asking us to rise above it and come together and unify as a nation. And anybody who is saying he isn’t, isn’t listening.”

Eleven people were killed and others were wounded after suspect Robert D. Bowers opened fire on Saturday morning at the Tree of Life synagogue. Four police officers were among those who were shot; the attack became the deadliest on the Jewish community in U.S. history.

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The shooting occurred several days after suspect Cesar Sayoc mailed a string of suspicious packages containing crude explosive devices to prominent Democrats and to CNN’s New York bureau.

After mainstream media members and Democrats partially blamed Trump and his tough rhetoric for the mail bomb targeting, it didn’t take long for them to also pin part of the blame for the synagogue shooting on him, for his rhetoric.

“But the kind of rhetoric that is said day in and day out about this White House, the people who work here, the president, the vice president, their families — it’s got to stop,” Conway said on Monday morning. “And this president — every time there has been a major crisis or shooting or national disaster — has shown up. He has spoken out about it. He has always called on us to unify.”

“You’ve got people constantly making comments about Nazism, Nazi Germany,” and comparing them with Trump, Conway noted. “That’s got to stop. And then we have 11 dead men and women. Their names should be lifted up today. You want a lesson from all of this? Teach your kids about anti-Semitism, the evil in the world because they were Jewish, and remember their names and their service.”

Conway also ripped members of the mainstream media who relentlessly criticized how Trump addressed the synagogue shooting Saturday during a rally scheduled before the tragedy.

Trump said during that rally, “This evil anti-Semitic attack is an assault on all of us. It will require all of us working together to extract the hateful poison of anti-Semitism from our world. The scourge of anti-Semitism cannot be ignored, cannot be tolerated, and it cannot be allowed to continue.”

“Faith needs to bring us together. This is no time to be driving God out of the public square.”

“The media bring themselves into everything. It’s always about them and it’s always about President Trump,” Conway said. “In this case, the president is leading the country to heal, and he said it many times during that speech. They complain they don’t like the way he pronounced the word, they don’t like how he said it, it was five minutes too late, he should have said it on Twitter first, it was 18 seconds too early than what they expected.'”

“Cut it out and listen carefully, because everybody else is listening,” Conway said.

Trump criticized the media for their analysis of his reactions to both the suspicious packages case and the synagogue shooting.

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“The Fake News is doing everything in their power to blame Republicans, Conservatives and me for the division and hatred that has been going on for so long in our Country. Actually, it is their Fake & Dishonest reporting which is causing problems far greater than they understand!” Trump wrote Sunday.

“There is great anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate, and even fraudulent, reporting of the news. The Fake News Media, the true Enemy of the People, must stop the open & obvious hostility & report the news accurately & fairly. That will do much to put out the flame,” he also said in part on Monday.

Conway also took a moment to rebuke late-night show hosts and comedians for their “anti-religiosity,” that “is somehow in vogue and funny to make fun of anybody of faith, to constantly be making fun of people who express religion.”

Christianity and Catholicism in particular have often been the targets. Vice President Mike Pence’s faith has often been the butt of many of those jokes.

“It’s always anti-religious. And remember, these [synagogue victims] were gunned down in their place of worship … they were there because they are people of faith,” Conway said.

“And it’s that faith that needs to bring us together. This is no time to be driving God out of the public square. No time to be making fun of people.”

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