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Guess who’s coming to Pittsburgh?

From WaPo:

President Trump and first lady Melania Trump will visit Pennsylvania on Tuesday to commemorate the victims of last week’s mass shooting at Tree of Life synagogue, the White House announced Monday, even as the mayor of Pittsburgh publicly requested that the trip be postponed until after the funerals.

The White House announcement comes as tens of thousands of people have signed a petition calling for the president to refrain from visiting the city until he denounces white nationalism.

At a regular briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said the president and first lady will make the visit to “express the support of the American people and grieve with the Pittsburgh community.”

“This atrocity was a chilling act of mass murder. It was an act of hatred and above all, it was an act of evil,” Sanders said, adding that the president “cherishes the American Jewish community for everything it stands for and contributes to our country.”

{{facepalm}}

I don’t think anyone wants him here. A Rabbi at Tree of Life Synagogue was gracious enough to say he was welcome but that’s kind of his job as a religious leader.

The prospect of him coming here, doubling down on his pro-gun rhetoric and blaming the media for the violence perpetrated on innocent people makes me sick to my stomach.

But I want you guys to know that Pittsburgh is full of tough and decent people. The whole world will be watching. So we have to make our message count and be meaningful enough for everyone to learn from it.

I think we can. And we can do it without any violence from our side. I trust Mayor Peduto and the city to lead by example.

I’ll be working tomorrow downtown but will let you know if anything important happens in my immediate vicinity.

We’ll be Ok.

Good Morning from Pittsburgh.

A few years ago, I was in dahntahn Pittsburgh on Light Up Night standing by the old Hornes building as Mr. McFeely lead the city in a singalong.

Everybody knows the words.