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California synagogue shootings: California shootings: Trump says anti-Semitism, hate must be defeated


United States President Donald Trump on Saturday expressed his heartfelt condolences for victims of the California synagogue shootings and urged for the defeat of hatred and anti-semitic sentiments.
Speaking on the shootings, while addressing a rally in Green Bay, Wisconsin, CNN quoted the President as saying, "Tonight, America's heart is with the victims of the horrific synagogue shooting."
He added that the entire nation stands in solidarity with the Jewish community.
"Sincerest THANK YOU to our great Border Patrol Agent who stopped the shooter at the Synagogue in Poway, California. He may have been off duty but his talents for Law Enforcement weren't!" Trump tweeted.
Meanwhile, San Diego Sheriff Bill Gore told reporters that the suspect in the accident has been identified as 19-year-old John Earnest.
Gore was quoted as saying that the law enforcement authorities are aware of a "manifesto" that Earnest wrote and posted on Twitter shortly before the attack, and are currently reviewing the document.
The Jerusalem Post reported that the manifesto included several far-right catchphrases, including descriptions of an "international Jewry" which is responsible for countless age-old blood libels, including the murder of Christ and alleged control over the media and the economy.
Within the post, he wrote, "Every Jew young and old has contributed to these. For these crimes they deserve nothing but hell. I will send them there."
He also said that he hoped to inspire others to commit similar crimes to his and that he expected to be freed from prison and "continue the fight."
The manifesto was full of religious imagery. Earnest repeated throughout it that he was carrying out the attack to be a good Christian, saying "My God understands why I did what I did" and quoted multiple verses from the New Testament as "proof."

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First Published: Apr 28 2019 | 7:14 AM IST

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