Liberal leaning online news website Slate accused President Donald Trump of lying to justify holding a rally hours after a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh Synagogue, killing 11 people Saturday morning.
Robert Bowers, 46, has been accused of firing upon worshipers at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, injuring six others along with the 11 deaths, CNN reported. He reportedly expressed hatred for Jews on social media outlets along with alleged statements to police when he was captured.
Hours later, Trump held a rally in Murphysboro, Illinois, that followed a stop in Indianapolis for an agriculture convention, CNN stated.
In deciding to go through with the rally, Trump reportedly gave an example of how the New York Stock Exchange opened the day after the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
"With what happened early today, that horrible, horrible attack in Pittsburgh, I was saying maybe I should cancel both this and that," T41% rump said at the rally, according to video posted on Twitter by CNN political commentator Keith Boykin.
"And then I said to myself, I remembered Dick Russell, a friend of mine, great guy, he headed up the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 11th, and the New York Stock Exchange was open the following day. He said — and what they had to do to open it you wouldn't believe, we won't even talk to you about it. But he got that exchange open. We can't make these sick, demented, evil people important," he continued.