A few moments after the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting, President Donald Trump called the city’s mayor to offer his condolences—and to advocate for the death penalty.
In an interview with the Washington Post, Pittsburgh mayor Bill Peduto said the president veered straight into a policy discussion after offering thoughts and prayers to the city after the Tree of Life synagogue shooting. Trump, according to Peduto, said that the best way to prevent more bias-motivated hate crimes were to implement harsher death penalty legislation.
The mayor said he was astonished.
“I’m literally standing two blocks from 11 bodies right now. Really?” Peduto told the newspaper.