Rabbi Jeffrey Myers of the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, has reportedly been subjected to hate mail and political targeting since announcing that President Donald Trump would be welcome to visit the place of worship, according to Fox News.
On Saturday, 11 people were massacred and several injured at the synagogue when a mass murder suspect opened fire during religious services.
On Monday, Myers spoke out and said that he would absolutely welcome the president to Pittsburgh.
What did he say?
Myers has reportedly become a target for partisan hate in the days following the worst attack on Jews in the United States — and all because Myers expressed his welcome to the president with open arms.
“It is just continuous in this vicious cycle. Hate promulgating more hate promulgating more hate,” Myers told CNN's Alisyn Camerota on Tuesday. “We need to be better than this, we can be better than this.”
Myers had sage words to offer when it came to unifying the country, rather than tearing it apart with words and actions rooted in hate and divisiveness.
“Hate is not blue, hate is not red, hate is not purple, hate is in all,” Myers said. “Tone down the hate. Speak words of love, speak words of decency and of respect. When the message comes loud and clear, Americans will hear that and we can begin to change the tenor of our country.”
Myers added that partisan rhetoric is tearing apart the country, no matter which side it comes from.
"When you speak words of hate, when you speak ill of the other candidate, any words of hate, Americans listen to you. They get their instructions from you," Myers said, "When you speak words of hate, you say to them, 'This is okay, you can do it as well.'"
Fox also reported that a prominent Jewish organization in Pittsburgh also reportedly received threats in connection with Trump's visit to the city.
ACHIEVA, which operates a community home for disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh area, told reporters that they received no less than three phone communications from an unidentified person who was angry and swearing at those people who answered the phone.
The organization did not elaborate on the specifics of the phone calls, the organization told reporters that the call's tenor was "anti-Jewish" and "pro-Trump."
In response to the threatening phone calls, the organization plans to bump up their security at the Pittsburgh facility.