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Pence condemns Jewish center bomb threats and visits desecrated cemetery in Missouri

 (Michael Conroy / Associated Press)
(Michael Conroy / Associated Press)

Visiting Fenton, Mo., on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence condemned a string of bomb threats against Jewish community centers around the nation and the desecration of a St. Louis-area Jewish cemetery over the weekend.

"Speaking just yesterday, President Trump called this a horrible and painful act. And so it was. That along with other recent threats to the Jewish community centers around the country," said Pence, who was visiting the headquarters of the Fabick Cat machinery company. "He declared it all a sad reminder of the work that still must be done to root out hate and prejudice and evil. We condemn this vile act of vandalism and those who perpetuate it in the strongest possible terms."

The vice president said it was "inspiring" how the "people of Missouri have rallied around the Jewish community with compassion and support."

Among those showing solidarity with the Jewish community is a group of Muslims who launched an online fundraising campaign to help repair the cemetery. Donors had pledged more than $90,000 by Wednesday afternoon.

Pence later visited the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Mo., where nearly 200 tombstones had been toppled over the weekend.

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