President Trump pledged to "fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism" after five people were stabbed during a Hanukkah celebration in New York on Saturday night.
Police have identified 37-year-old Grafton Thomas as the man who stabbed five Orthodox Jews at Rabbi Chaim Rottenberg’s Shul in Monsey, New York, with what appeared to be a machete after breaking into the establishment. He was arraigned Sunday morning on five counts of attempted murder and one count of burglary and pleaded not guilty to all.
Later that afternoon, the president tweeted his condolences and vowed to help fight anti-Semitism in America.
"The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific," he wrote. "We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery."
The anti-Semitic attack in Monsey, New York, on the 7th night of Hanukkah last night is horrific. We must all come together to fight, confront, and eradicate the evil scourge of anti-Semitism. Melania and I wish the victims a quick and full recovery.— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 29, 2019
Democratic New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo called the attack an "act of domestic terrorism" and slammed it as "intolerance, meets ignorance, meets illegality."
"This is an intolerant time in this country. We see anger; we see hatred exploding. It is an American cancer in the body politic. It literally turns one cell in the body against others," he said.
The five victims were all hospitalized, and at least one of the victims is still in critical condition after being struck in the head. The attack came just weeks after a New Jersey kosher deli was "targeted" by gunmen who killed one police officer and three others before being fatally shot themselves by law enforcement.