Rosen: Trump disrespect for Tree of Life families “reprehensible”

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Former Planned Parenthood President Cecile Richards, U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, congressional district 3 candidate Susie Lee and U.S. Senate candidate Jackie Rosen listen as U.S. Virgin Island Delegate to Congress Stacey Plaskett talks about the power of women voters. Photo: Dana Gentry

As President Donald Trump blames the news media, “the true Enemy of the People,” for the “anger in our Country caused in part by inaccurate and even fraudulent, reporting of the news,” U.S. Senate candidate Jacky Rosen is calling on Trump to “be a real leader.”

You can disagree on issues but don’t have to be disrespectful,” Rosen said Monday.

Trump has been widely criticized for his reaction to the mass shooting in Pittsburgh Saturday, including his decision to proceed with a campaign rally Saturday night.

This weekend, speaking to reporters about the massacre of eleven Jews at the Tree of Life Synagogue, Trump said “You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age, but we just don’t seem to learn from the past.”

A year ago, Trump said there were “very fine people on both sides” of a NeoNazi protest.

On Saturday, Trump said that an armed guard stationed in the synagogue during the shooting “would have stopped it.”

Trump’s words hit home for Rosen, the former President of Congregation Ner Tamid, a Henderson synagogue.  

“The disrespect that he showed for the families in Pittsburgh is reprehensible,” Rosen told the Current. “The president’s lack of empathy, his lack of understanding about what’s happening in this country with these protests, with the violence, with the marches — he needs to be a healer-in-chief. He needs to get off the campaign trail and start thinking about Americans overall.”    

Rosen says Trump’s behavior serves to inure the public to incendiary speech and may possibly spur violence.  

“It begins to become normalized.  Our kids are watching. People are watching, so when these things are in the news or in print or on social media, you start to think everybody’s doing it,” Rosen said of the unrest and violence permeating the nation.  “That’s not the message we want to send.”

Trump is ignoring requests from officials and Jewish groups from Pittsburgh who are asking him to stay away unless he renounces white nationalism.

Rosen’s opponent, U.S. Senator Dean Heller, tweeted his sympathy after Saturday’s shooting.  

“Lynn and I are praying for the victims and their family members, as well as the entire Tree of Life community.”  

Heller did not say whether he agreed with the president’s assessment that an armed guard would have stopped the shooting.  

On Monday, with just a week remaining in the campaign, Rosen attended a rally with Democratic congressional candidate Susie Lee, former Planned Parenthood of America president Cecile Richards and U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono, a Democrat from Hawaii.

Hirono was among the Democratic members of the Senate Judiciary committee who sparred with then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September, a process she says “was not normal from the word ‘go.’”  

“Now you hear the president talk about how he wants to put forth a middle-class tax cut. That is an admission that the huge tax bill was a giveaway to the richest people and corporate interests in our country and not to the middle class,” says Hirono. “Of course, we know Congress isn’t even in session, so when he talks about a middle class tax cut before November, he’s lying!  It’s not a normal time when you have a president who lies every single day. Whopper lies every single day!”

Rosen, whose campaign has focused on U.S. Senator Dean Heller’s flip flops on Planned Parenthood and Obamacare, pledged her support for reproductive freedom and federal funding for Planned Parenthood.

“I went to high school and college in the 1970s and Planned Parenthood was the only place young women could go to get their reproductive needs met, and today throughout Nevada, tens of thousands of women, and across the country, millions of women use Planned Parenthood,” Rosen said. “So this attack on the right to choose and women being able to control their bodies… they even want to allow pharmacists to say they when they don’t want to sell you something. Or insurance plans to know what prescriptions your doctor gives to you.  Your employer should not be in your doctor’s office.”

Richards’s visit comes amid the final week of a campaign in which analysts suggest the election outcome could be decided by women voters recoiling from Trump.

Dana Gentry
Reporter | Dana Gentry is a native Las Vegan and award-winning investigative journalist. She is a graduate of Bishop Gorman High School and holds a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Gentry began her career in broadcasting as an intern at Channel 8, KLAS-TV. She later became a reporter at Channel 8, working with Las Vegas TV news legends Bob Stoldal and the late Ned Day. Gentry left her reporting job in 1985 to focus on motherhood. She returned to TV news in 2001 to launch "Face to Face with Jon Ralston" and the weekly business programs In Business Las Vegas and Vegas Inc, which she co-anchored with Jeff Gillan. Dana is the mother of four adult children, three cats, three dogs and a cockatoo.

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