Comedian Trevor Noah said one doesn’t have to be a “rocket scientist” to see President Donald Trump’s rhetoric has encouraged recent bomb threats and the Tree of Life synagogue shooting in Pittsburgh.
“A lot of what we were planning to do this week has been affected by what has happened, and so what we’re trying to do now is provide the context for what those stories mean and how they affect where the conversation is going,” Noah said. “Because there are three incidents that took place recently and I don’t think you have to be a rocket scientist to draw the lines between these people and the rhetoric that is being parroted by the president of the United States right now, you know.”
The synagogue shooting suspect, accused of killing 11 and wounding several others Saturday, has been identified as Robert Bowers. He reportedly screamed, “All Jews must die,” according to KDKA and was reportedly armed with two pistols and an AK-47.
Noah said people need to caution against blaming Trump for everything that goes wrong, but then criticized the president for not taking more responsibility.
“I understand that we live in a very difficult time and space where you know we have to be careful to not jump and say, ‘You made this happen, Donald Trump,’” he continued.
“But we can also live in a space where we say as humans, ‘But as president, we would hope that you would try to avoid or dissuade people from doing the same things.’ But if anything, it seems like his message post that has been, ‘This is not my fault, I have nothing to do with any of this. And if anything, the media is to blame because they’re the enemy of the people. They report certain stories that I don’t believe are true and so they’re at fault,’” Noah said, adding:
“His message really was, ‘We need to come together under my rules.’ That’s what he preaches when he preaches unity.”
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