U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the century-old Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery and helped rake leaves at the site where about 170 headstones were toppled over the weekend. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: U.S. Vice President Mike Pence visited the century-old Chesed Shel Emeth Society cemetery on Wednesday (February 22) where about 170 headstones were toppled or damaged over the weekend. "There's no place in America for hatred or acts of prejudice or violence or anti-semitism," said Pence during his visit. After making a short speech, Pence help rake leaves in the cemetery. Some Jewish groups described the vandalism and threats as the latest evidence that anti-Semitic groups have been emboldened by the election of Donald Trump as U.S. president. His campaign last year drew the support of white nationalists and right-wing groups, despite his disavowals of them. Trump delivered his first public condemnation of anti-Semitic incidents in the United States on Tuesday after a new spate of bomb threats to Jewish community centers around the country and vandalism in a Jewish cemetery. Several of the centers were evacuated for a time on Monday after receiving the threats, the JCC Association of North America said, and another center was evacuated on Tuesday morning in San Diego, California, according to police.