President Donald Trump and his administration are examining ways to make Americans feel safer in their schools and churches, Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Monday, while rejecting arguments following Saturday’s shooting at the Chabad of Poway synagogue that his rhetoric is inflaming people to act out violently.
“I don’t think anything could be further from the truth,” Sanders told Fox News’ “Fox and Friends.”
“We have a president that has a heart for people. That’s why he ran, became president. He cares about people, he cares about this country. He wants to see it succeed on every level.”
Trump has condemned not only the weekend shooting, but “all acts of evil, of hatred and racism and bigotry, and we will continue to do that” said Sanders, calling blaming the president a “complete misrepresentation” of who he is and what he is trying to do.
Meanwhile, “nothing could be a worse thing” than to have violence hit a place of worship, Sanders said, pointing out that Trump has spoken with Rabbi Yisroel Goldstein and Poway Mayor Steve Vaus to offer condolences on the behalf of the country.
“You should never have to feel what those individuals felt in that synagogue over this weekend,” she said. “We have to call out this type of anti-Semitic behavior, racism, bigotry. We have to call it out by name, we have to continue to identify it, and make sure that people know it is evil and look at it right in the face and call it exactly that.”