Af­ter con­demn­ing shoot­ing, Trump cam­paigns.

San Antonio Express-News (Sunday) - - Front Page - By Se­ung Min Kim, Katie Zez­ima and Amy B. Wang

IN­DI­ANAPO­LIS — Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump on Satur­day strongly con­demned the deadly mass shoot­ing at a Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue as “pure evil” and anti-Semitic, and then, with­out skip­ping a beat, slipped into cam­paign mode with at­tacks on trade deals, a dis­course on palm trees and a dig at a po­ten­tial 2020 ri­val.

Just over a week be­fore midterm elec­tions, the pres­i­dent trav­eled to In­di­ana for a con­ven­tion speech and later a po­lit­i­cal rally in Illi­nois, though he joked about can­cel­ing both events be­cause of a “bad hair day.”

“This wicked act of mass mur­der is pure evil, hard to be­lieve and frankly some­thing that is unimag­in­able, our na­tion and the world are shocked,” Trump told the au­di­ence at the Na­tional FFA Or­ga­ni­za­tion event, adding that the “vile, hate­filled poi­son of anti-Semitism” must be re­jected, as should all prej­u­dice.

‘Obli­ga­tion to go’

The pres­i­dent said the shoot­ing that killed 11 and left six wounded oc­curred at a baby-nam­ing cer­e­mony, which hap­pens when an in­fant girl is 8 days old.

It was the sec­ond time in two days that the na­tion was left in shock — law en­force­ment ar­rested and charged a Florida man with send­ing mail bombs to prom­i­nent Democrats on Fri­day — and Amer­i­cans awaited the pres­i­dent’s words.

Trump spoke out against po­lit­i­cal vi­o­lence and an­tiSemitism. But he segued into his fa­vorite top­ics, and the rally here had the in­con- gru­ous feel of a somber tribute to yet an­other mass shoot­ing in Amer­ica and a cam­paign rally com­plete with cheers, put-downs and an up­beat sound­track, in­clud­ing a ver­sion of the song “Happy” by Phar­rell.

Trump took the stage to Lee Green­wood’s “God Bless the USA,” stand­ing for a mo­ment be­fore the cheer­ing crowd. Trump kept to his Satur­day sched­ule.

“These are bad peo­ple. You can’t al­low them to dom­i­nate what we do,” Trump said, re­fer­ring to per­pe­tra­tors of at­tacks like the one on the Pitts­burgh syn­a­gogue. “So, I’ll go. Not that I want to go, but I think that I ac­tu­ally, in re­verse, have an obli­ga­tion to go.”

Trump also sug­gested that he should have skipped his trip be­cause his hair looked bad af­ter speak­ing to re­porters about the shoot­ing in the rain at An­drews Air Force Base in Mary­land.

“The wind was blow­ing and the rain, and I was soak­ing wet, and that’s what I ended up with to­day,” Trump said. “And I said maybe I should can­cel this ar­range­ment be­cause I have a bad hair day.”

Trump brought two In­di­ana House mem­bers on stage. Each briefly spoke about how ex­cited they were to work with the pres­i­dent and did not men­tion the syn­a­gogue shoot­ing.

“Please get out and vote for them,” Trump said.

Call for death terms

Ear­lier in the day, when asked if he should re­visit gun laws, Trump said, “this has lit­tle to do with it if you take a look. If they had pro­tec­tion in­side, the re­sults would have been far bet­ter.”

Trump has reg­u­larly sug­gested af­ter nu­mer­ous mass shoot­ings that armed peo­ple could have averted blood­shed, even though armed of­fi­cials are of­ten present. Of­fi­cials in Pitts­burgh said four po­lice of­fi­cers were shot and wounded by the gun­man, iden­ti­fied by po­lice as 46-year-old Robert Bow­ers.

The pres­i­dent also called for stiffer laws and greater use of the death penalty.

“I think they should very much bring the death penalty into vogue. Any­body that does a thing like this to in­no­cent peo­ple that are in tem­ple or in church — we had so many in­ci­dents with churches — they should be — they should really suf­fer the ul­ti­mate price.”

An­drew Harnik / As­so­ci­ated Press

Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump em­braces Rabbi Ben­jamin Sendrow af­ter pray­ing at the Fu­ture Farm­ers of Amer­ica Con­ven­tion and Expo on Satur­day.

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