CNN's Alisyn Camerota draws a direct line from Trump's attacks on caravan to Pittsburgh synagogue shooting
CNN's Alisyn Camerota -- screenshot

A CNN panel on Monday connected the dots between President Donald Trump's attacks on a migrant caravan in Mexico and the massacre of 11 Jews at the hands of Robert Bowers, who cited fears of the caravan as his primary motivation to commit mass murder.


Host Alisyn Camerota noted that Trump and Fox News were together primarily responsible for hyping up fears of the caravan to a mass audience. Fox News in particular recently had on several guests who made baseless suggestions that billionaire George Soros was personally funding the caravan, which led Bowers to blame all Jews for supposedly being responsible for bringing immigrants into the United States.

"You can draw a direct line from all of the vitriol and hate rhetoric about the caravan 2,000 miles away from our border and the gunman in Pittsburgh, who referenced that... and somehow turned it into an attack on Jews," she said.

Guest David Gregory argued that we shouldn't be too quick to blame Trump for the massacre, but he said that "we cannot ignore that relationship between the president criminalizing immigration" and the mass shooting that was stoked by fears of immigration.

"There's no question that the president who has waged rhetorical war -- and worse, when you talk about family separations on immigrants and suggesting that they're vermin and infesting the country -- you cannot ignore how that can be heard by people who hate immigrants, who are afraid of anyone they think is going to change their way of life, and who hates Jews," he said.

Watch the video below.