Political division and hate are on the rise, but one man is speaking out over the actions of cowards. Vice President Mike Pence made a surprise visit to a vandalized Jewish cemetery in the St. Louis area. Pence declared that Governor Eric Greitens’, the first Jewish Governor of Missouri, and the state’s response to the act of vandalism was “inspiring.”
“From the heart, there is no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-Semitism.” Pence went on to say that the vandalism is “a sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate, and prejudice, and evil.”
The Vandals displaced over 100 headstones on Monday in Chesed Shel Emeth Society Cemetery in University City, a suburb of St. Louis. This came on the same day that eleven Jewish Community Centers received phoned-in bomb threats across the United States. This year alone over 54 centers, in 27 states have received such threats, all of which have turned out to be hoaxes. Federal authorities are still looking into the recent eleve threats.
Vice President Mike Pence did not stop with his words, but put action behind them by rolling up his sleeves and working alongside volunteers to restore the vandalized headstones back to their original resting place. After leaving the cemetery Pence tweeted:
MO’s people are inspiring the nation w/ their compassion for the Jewish community. Thank you for showing the world what America is all about.”
On Tuesday President Donald Trump spoke out against the vandalism saying that “Anti-Semitism is horrible and it’s going to stop, and it has to stop.”
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