Mere hours after what the Anti-Defamation League characterized as “likely the deadliest attack on the Jewish community in the history of the United States,” President Donald Trump was back in campaign mode, mocking Democrats and making jokes about his hair. Speaking at a Future Farmers of America conference in Indianapolis, Trump started out by condemning the attack in a forceful tone. “This was an anti-Semitic act,” Trump said. “You wouldn’t think this would be possible in this day and age. But we just don’t seem to learn from the past.” He went on to call anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews “one of the ugliest and darkest features of human history” and urged Americans to “rise above the hate, move past our divisions and embrace our common destiny.”
After those uncharacteristically unifying words, Trump went on to make jokes and attack Democrats. One of the things he joked about was his hair, explaining it got messed up because he was talking to reporters about the synagogue shooting. “By the way somebody just said, your hair looks different today. I said, well I was standing under the wing of Air Force One doing a news conference this morning. A very unfortunate news conference. And the wind was blowing and the rain and I was soaking wet,” Trump said. “And that’s what I ended up with today. And I said, well, at least you know it’s mine. And I said maybe I should cancel this arrangement because I have a bad hair day and the bad news is someone actually said actually it looks better than it usually does.”
Trump also focused on one of his favorite targets, Sen. Elizabeth Warren. “Turned out I have more Indian blood in me than she has” Trump said. “What a sad event and I have none, so you know. We can’t resist. Can we resist? Right? But how good is that as a sound bite?”
The president also thought that the best thing to do at a rally shortly after a mass shooting was to use the term “globalists,” which was a favorite of the suspected shooter and is a word many describe as an anti-Semitic dog whistle. “We don’t worry too much about the globalists,” he said. “We have to take care of ourselves before we start worrying about others.”
Trump also found time to mention Kanye West— “Kanye West. Was he great? He did me a big favor. Kanye! People like him.”—and bemoan that he would never get the Nobel Peace Prize— “They probably will never give [the Nobel Peace Prize] to me even with what I’m doing in Korea and Idlib Province and all these places, but they will never give it to me and you know why? Because they don’t want to.”
Later, Trump attended a rally in Illinois, saying that while he considered canceling the event that would make these “sick, demented people important.” Before the rally, Trump told reporters he would travel to Pittsburgh but didn’t offer any details of when the trip could take place.
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