Protests against Donald Trump as he visits Pittsburgh massacre synagogue

Activists hold a banner during a demonstration organized by HIAS outside the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 14 2017

Aaron P. Bernstein via Getty Images Activists hold a banner during a demonstration organized by HIAS outside the U.S. Capitol on Sept. 14 2017

Hundreds of mourners poured into the Rodef Shalom synagogue in Pittsburgh to pay their respects to the intellectually disabled men, who were adored in the community.

President Donald Trump was condemned on Wednesday after he used his visit to the Pittsburgh synagogue that was the site of a mass shooting to attack the media, tweeting a somber video of his visit along with a caption praising the "great respect" he received and lashing out at the "fake news".

The visit comes after the deadliest anti-Semitic terror attack in US history where 11 were killed by an anti-immigrant shooter on Saturday.

His trip to Squirrel Hill was widely criticized as tone-deaf, and even awkward, after politicians, religious leaders, and victims' families begged him to stay back until at least after the murdered congregants were buried.

In Squirrel Hill, Barry Werber, 76, who said he survived the massacre by hiding in a dark storage closet as the gunman rampaged through the building, said he hoped Trump wouldn't visit, noting that the president has embraced the politically fraught label of "nationalist". As the President moved around Pittsburgh, a largely Democratic city, the signs of discord were apparent.

And Mr Trump arrived at the synagogue, demonstrators chanted "President Hate, leave our state" and "Words have meaning".

Those marching at the head of the protest carried banners declaring that Trump was "not welcome in Pittsburgh" and listing the demands of the open letter.

They were joined by Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner. Trump complained about news coverage of the several hours he spent in Pittsburgh. He met privately with four officers who were injured responding to the shooting, and then sat for about an hour with Peg Gottfried, the widow of Richard Gottfried, one of those killed on Saturday.

Trump's visit comes on the same day as funerals began for the first of the 11 dead. Funerals for three of the victims were held on Tuesday, including the funeral for 71-year-old Daniel Stein, who had just become a grandfather before he was gunned down by Bowers.

Feeling helpless after the attack, Sherri Suppa, 54, saw the march as a way to show support.

Levin, who also works in the flower shop, says she was accustomed to seeing Cecil and David every day. "There are a lot of historical examples of the working class ceding power to liberals", he said. "It's the last thing the community needs".

Trump's Pittsburgh visit is not the only element of the administration's response to the massacre that has been a source of controversy.

"I think it's more divisive than uniting", librarian Nonie Heystek, 57, said of Trump's arrival.

The Des Moines Register published a letter on Wednesday by two Jewish leaders in King's district, where they say the Republican is "an enthusiastic crusader for the same types of abhorrent beliefs held by the Pittsburgh shooter". The president and first lady later went to a hospital to visit with survivors.

The Trumps first went inside the vestibule of the synagogue, where they lit candles for each victim before stepping outside. They noted that Trump had characterized the caravans as an "invasion" while falsely stating they harbored terrorists and were financed in part by Democrats and the Jewish philanthropist George Soros. "I still can't believe that someone could be that hateful to walk into a house of worship and just kill people". "There should have been an apology".

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