In a Monday morning appearance on Fox News, Kellyanne Conway suggested “anti-religious” late-night comedians fostered an environment for the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting to take place.
“The anti-religiosity in this country that is somehow in vogue and funny to make fun of anybody of faith, to constantly be making fun of people that express religion — the late-night comedians, the unfunny people on TV shows — it’s always anti-religious,” Conway said, without naming particular hosts.
“These people were gunned down in their place of worship, as were the people in South Carolina several years ago,” Conway continued, referencing the nine people killed at a Charleston church in 2015. “And they were there because they’re people of faith, and it’s that faith that needs to bring us together.”
Conway added: “This is no time to be driving God out of the public square.”
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Kellyanne Conway suggests that “the late-night comedians” and “the unfunny people on TV shows” are responsible for the deadliest anti-Semitic massacre in American history. pic.twitter.com/h4n86dpSs4
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Conway’s statement comes after 11 people were killed on Saturday at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The FBI is investigating the attack as a hate crime after the suspect, Robert Bowers, had routinely posted anti-Jewish comments and memes on his social media accounts. Bowers was a vocal critic of President Trump online, believing the president was controlled by Jewish special interest groups.
“This was an anti-Semitic act,” Trump said in a speech on Saturday afternoon. “You wouldn’t think this would be possible.”