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CNN anchor seems to try to get rabbi of synagogue where mass murder occurred to blame Trump. Oops.

On Monday, CNN host Alisyn Camerota (left) seemed to try to get the rabbi for the Pittsburgh synagogue where Saturday's massacre took place to blame President Donald Trump for it. But Jeffrey Myers (right) had other things to tell her. (Image source: CNN video screenshot, composite)

On Sunday, MSNBC host Ayman Mohyeldin tried repeatedly to get Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer to criticize President Donald Trump for the mass murder at a Pittsburgh synagogue the day before.

Mohyeldin was unsuccessful — and even endured Dermer giving MSNBC's viewers a history lesson about the left’s anti-Semitism.

On Monday, CNN anchor Alisyn Camerota seemed to try to get another Jewish leader to point a finger at Trump — and it was none other than Jeffrey Myers, rabbi for the synagogue where Saturday's massacre took place.

"Do you blame anyone for what happened there at the Tree of Life beyond the gunman?" Camerota asked Myers.

“I don’t really foist blame upon any person,” Myers responded. “Hate does not know religion, race, creed, political party. It’s not a political issue in any way, shape, or form. Hate does not know any of those things. It exists in all people.”

Apparently not satisfied with his answer, Camerota tried a different approach.

'But can hate be cultivated?'

"But can hate be cultivated?" she pressed. "What we're struggling with today is, maybe hate's in all people; maybe it's dormant. What lights the match of hate?"

Myers replied, “I think you’re raising one of those great questions that people far smarter than I can answer. But I do recall this: If we look in the Bible after the story of the flood and Noah, God regretfully says to Noah, ‘I have learned that man from his youth is prone to evil,’ which is, you would think, a horrific thing for God to tell us. The message I get from that is, yes, there is the possibility of hate in all people. But there's also the possibility of good. And good will always win out over hate if we let in each of us."

Then Camerota gave it one more attempt — this time actually invoking the president's name and apparently giving Myers the chance to blast him.

'Do you want [Trump] to come?'

"President Trump has talked about coming to Pittsburgh and coming to your synagogue in the aftermath of this. Do you want him to come?" Camerota asked Myers.

“The president of the United States is always welcome," Myers replied. "I'm a citizen, he's my president. He is certainly welcome.”

CNN pointed out in its piece on Myers that former Tree of Life president Lynnette Lederman called Trump "the purveyor of hate speech."

(H/T: The Daily Caller)

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