Interfaith Alliance president Rabbi Jack Moline issued the following statement:

“President Trump and his advisors have been quick to exploit tragedies for political gain – even going so far as to make them up – while remaining silent when the victims were Muslim. That was certainly the case in the wake of last week’s bombing of a Minnesota mosque.

“Now top Trump aide Sebastian Gorka, who has ties to the anti-Muslim and anti-Semitic far right, is claiming that President Trump has been silent because the bombing could’ve been a ‘fake hate crime.’ Let’s be clear, Saturday’s mosque attack was an act of terrorism regardless of who committed it.

“President Trump’s lack of a response, to denounce violence and express sympathy, is a political and moral failure. The comments by his aide Gorka drive home the point that this administration has little regard for the American ideal that all people are created equal.”

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