What Tree of Life Synagogue Rabbi Jeffrey Myers said about his meeting with President Donald Trump likely surprised those at CNN since it varies so much from what they like to pitch.
Myers spoke with CNN’s ‘New Day’ on Thursday about the visit.
From Daily Caller:
“I was privileged to have a private 15 or 20 minutes with the [Trump] family. The president was very warm, very consoling,” Myers said.
“He put his hand on my shoulder and the first question he asked me was, ‘Rabbi, tell me how are you doing?’ And I must say throughout the time we spent together, I was pleasantly surprised by a warm and personal side to the president that I don’t think America has ever seen,” he continued.
Myers said he spoke with the president about what he experienced during the attack which they found “quite shocking and upsetting,” he explained. He said that the horror was “seared into his brain” and was something he would “never forget the rest of my life.”
“We talked. I shared the same message that I shared with you throughout the course of the week — that hate speech has no place in our society, that hate speech leads to actions of hate. Hate speech led to the death of seven of my congregants and 11 total in my building,” the rabbi said. “And we shared other personal conversation that I’d respectfully like to keep personal.”
Myers said that after they lit memorial candles for each of the victims and he chanted a prayer, that Trump asked if he would take them to the makeshift memorials.
“I gave him a bit of a background story about each person because it was a human being who lived, who was a good, decent person and the president needed to know something about these people because they, too, were his citizens.”
Trump has been very supportive of the Jewish people and of Israel which is one of the reasons he was despised by the shooter. Trump’s daughter, son-in-law and grandchildren are Jewish. And he has a lot of support back among Orthodox Jews. But you would never know that if you just listened to MSM.
But the Rabbi got something that the media has yet to get. The media wants to be divisive or pitch about folks on the left that may not have wanted Trump to be there. But as president, the people killed and wounded are citizens he has an obligation to, something the Rabbi understands.
Unfortunately, because it doesn’t fit the media narrative, they never focus on that empathetic side of Trump. But his supporters do see it and that’s what resonates with so many.
And this says a lot about Rabbi Myers, after the horrible experience he went through, after having his congregants killed, and then getting death threats for saying he would welcome Trump, that he still welcomes him and still is counseling against people spreading hate.
May he and his congregation find solace and peace.