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Nikki Haley: 'Stop the Blame, We Didn't Once Blame Obama'

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Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley (AP)

By    |   Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:09 PM EDT

Blaming President Donald Trump for the division in the United States after Saturday's Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting is disrespectful to the victims and their loved ones, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says.

And, she added, "we didn't once blame" former President Barack Obama for the church shooting June 17, 2015 in Charleston, South Carolina – where Haley was the governor at the time.

"I have struggled [with] what happened in [Pittsburgh because] it's so similar to what happened in [Charleston]," Amb. Haley tweeted Monday night. "The country was very racially divided @ the time. We didn't once blame Pres. Obama. We focused solely on the lives lost & their families. Have some respect for these families & stop the blame."

Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh was the tragic site of the murder of 11 Jewish congregation members by a gunman who screamed "All Jews must die." He has been charged with hate-crime mass murder.

The Charleston church mass shooting claimed the lives of nine African Americans during a prayer service at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church.

Unlike President Trump's opportunistic political opponents before the November midterms, Haley kept the blame out of her original condolences to the victims of the Pittsburgh tragedy Saturday.

"My heart breaks for the families and community of the Tree Of Life Synagogue," she tweeted. "An attack on the most sacred of places is the cruelest and most cowardly act a person can do. There is and will never be any tolerance for hate. #PrayersForPeace."

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Blaming President Donald Trump for the division in the United States after Saturday's Pittsburgh synagogue mass shooting is disrespectful to the victims and their loved ones, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley says.
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Tuesday, 30 October 2018 12:09 PM
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