President Trump described the shooting as a ‘shame’ on Saturday as he boarded Air Force One to fly to Indiana and called for the shooter to face the death penalty quickly, without being bogged down by legal delays.
After tweeting that the devastation was worse than had been reported, Trump suggested that the shooting could have been prevented if the Tree of Life Congregation had hired its own security.
Speaking to reporters at Joint Base Andrews, he said: ‘If there was an armed guard inside the temple that would have been able to stop him, maybe there would have been nobody killed except from him.
‘We can look at it two ways. But if they had somebody to protect people… isn’t it a shame that we even have to speak that way? ‘That we even have to think that way inside a temple… but certainly the results should have been better,’ he said.
Asked if he thinks every place of worship should have armed security, Trump replied: ‘I hate to think of it that way.
‘It’s certainly an option. This world, this is a world with a lot of problems and it has been for many years, many many years, and you could say for many centuries but certainly you want protection and they didn’t have protection.
‘They had a maniac walk in and the didn’t have any protection and it’s so sad to see. So sad to see.
‘It’s a very difficult thing for me to stand as president and watch. Before I ran for office, I watched instances like this and I’d say, “what a shame, what a shame.” It’s tougher when you’re the president of the United States and you have to watch this kind of thing happen. It’s so sad to see.’
He said gun laws had ‘little to do with it’ when questioned.
He called for swift action for the shooter and all mass shooters who he said should be given the death penalty soon after the events.
‘You look at the violence all over the world. It comes back in the form of a mad man, a wacko. We should stiffen up our laws in terms of the death penalty, they shouldn’t have to wait years and years.
‘I think they should stiffen up laws and bring the death penalty in to vogue,’ he said.
By the time he had arrived in Indianapolis to give his speech to the Future Farmers of America, his rhetoric had become more stern.
He abhorred what he called the ‘twisted malice’ and ‘wicked’ and ‘evil’ shooting, calling for all Americans to unite against antisemitism and not tolerate prejudice of any kind.
‘This wicked act of mass murder is pure evil, hard to believe and frankly something that is unimaginable. Our nation and the world are shocked and stunned by the grief. This was an antisemitic act. you wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age but we just don’t seem to learn from the past.
‘Our minds cannot comprehend the cruel hate and the twisted malice that could cause a person to unleash such terrible violence during a baby naming ceremony. This was a baby naming ceremony at a sacred house of worship on the holy day of Sabbath.
‘Antisemitism and the widespread persecution of Jews represents one of the ugliest and darkest human features of human history. The vile hatred and poison of antisemitism must be condemned anywhere and everywhere it appears. There must be no tolerance of antisemitism in America or for any form of religious hatred or prejudice,’ he said.
SOURCE: Daily Mail