Weekly Standard co-founder and political commentator Bill Kristol stated that both Trump and Fox News’ rhetoric toward the refugees “provoked” the shooter at the synagogue in Pittsburgh.
After being asked about Trump’s rhetoric, Kristol stated, “Against the news media, against the refugees, the caravan of refugees, which was really the inciting I think rhetoric that he used, that Fox and others used, which provoked apparently this man who was, in any case, an anti-Semite obviously, a bit because of the synagogue helping the refugee resettle agency, the Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society.”
“That’s what sort of came together you know his hatred of Jews and his hatred of immigrants and refugees. And that hatred of immigrants and refugees even more than the hatred of Jews I would say. The president has to take some responsibility for that. It’s been him whipping up a frenzy about this caravan 2,000 miles away for the last two or three weeks.”