Eric Trump called for the death penalty for the suspect in the massacre at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh on Saturday.
Appearing on Justice with Judge Jeanine on Saturday with host Jeanine Pirro, Trump said that the attacker should “absolutely” get capital punishment and lamented that such horrific massacres are always politicized.
“America mourns. This whackjob destroyed lives. He upended a community,” the president’s second eldest son said. “He should get the death penalty. There’s no question about it. He should absolutely get the death penalty.”
Eric Trump calls for death penalty
U.S. Attorney Scott Brady announced on Sunday that prosecutors would be seeking approval from Attorney General Jeff Sessions to pursue capital punishment. The news came a day after a horrific massacre that left the Jewish community and the nation grieving in its wake.
The suspect, Robert Bowers, walked into the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh’s Squirrel Hill neighborhood on Saturday morning and shot 11 worshipers dead while making comments about killing Jews. Six others were injured, including four police officers who were wounded in a fire-fight with the shooter before he was apprehended.
Eric Trump commended law enforcement for their bravery and sacrifice in his Saturday interview.
“We need to give a shoutout to law enforcement,” he said. “The job they did today was incredible — absolutely incredible.”
Bowers made a brief court appearance in a wheelchair Monday afternoon to face charges. He is facing 29 federal charges including 11 murder counts and 11 state charges, including attempted homicide and aggravated assault.
No political side to blame
Eric Trump’s comments echoed his father’s statements in the aftermath of the massacre on Saturday. The president called for the death penalty for the shooter and urged the country to come together to condemn hatred and anti-Semitism.
“When people do this, they should get the death penalty,” the president said. “And they shouldn’t have to wait years and years. I think they should very much bring the death penalty into vogue.”
Noting the shooting and a pipe bomb scare that targeted Democrats last week, Pirro asked the president’s son on Saturday night if heated political rhetoric had anything to do with an apparent rise in political violence. Eric said it “might,” but that it was important to blame the shooter for his actions rather than a political side.
“It seems like we have gotten to a point in life and society where everything has to be kind of politicized,” Eric Trump said. “Somebody has to point that political finger at everything. At the end of the day, this guy is a sick sick sick person.
“I think we should actually try and pull politics out of some of these things. This person doesn’t represent the left. He doesn’t represent the right,” he added. “The person was sick, deranged. And again, I truly, truly hope if found guilty, which he will be, that he gets the death penalty.”