Christian Nationalist Robert Bowers yelled “All Jews must die” before opening fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing at least eight and injuring many more.
CBS affiliate KDKA TV reports:
PITTSBURGH (KDKA) — Police say a gunman opened fire at a Pittsburgh Synagogue yelling “All Jews must die.”
KDKA-TV sources say the shooting suspect is Robert Bowers.
Eight people have been killed and a number of others injured after the shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Squirrel Hill on Saturday.
Sources on Twitter note the first journalist to identify Bowers as the shooter was Nick Monroe:
— Nick Monroe (@nickmon1112) October 27, 2018
Bowers is a Christian Nationalist with a deep hatred for Jews.
Bowers was an active poster on the “alt-right” version of Twitter, Gab. Bowers went by the moniker One Dingo on the site. In his bio section, Bowers wrote, “jews are the children of satan. (john 8:44) — —- the lord jesus christ is come in the flesh.” Shortly after the shooting at the Tree of Life Congregation, Bowers’ Gab account was deleted.
Although Gab has deleted Bowers account, and issued a statement condemning all acts of terrorism and violence, the internet never forgets, and Bowers’ posts on Gab have been preserved on the Internet Archive WayBack Machine.On his Gab account Bowers frequently reposted content from Nazis and other anti-Semitic white supremacists. The focus of the majority of his posts are devoted to his hatred and fear of Jewish people.
However, while Bowers is a Christian Nationalist, he is not a supporter of Donald Trump, and believed that Trump was actually a tool of the supposed “Jewish Global Conspiracy.”
In a post a few days before the shooting, Bowers wrote:
Trump is a globalist, not a nationalist. There is no #MAGA as long as there is a k*** infestation. #Qanon is here to get patriots that were against martial law in the 90’s to be ones begging for it now to drain muh swamp. But go ahead and keep saying you are #Winning.
In another post, Bowers explicitly disavowed Trump, noting:
For the record, I did not vote for him nor have I owned, worn or even touched a maga hat.
Bowers was captured alive by police, and is currently in police custody.
Bottom line: Christian Nationalist Robert Bowers yelled “All Jews must die” before opening fire at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, killing at least eight and injuring many more.
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