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October 28, 2018 11:56 AM

President Donald Trump drew criticism on Saturday for joking about his “bad hair day” hours after 11 people were killed and six people were injured by a gunman at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

“By the way, somebody just said, ‘Your hair looks different today,'” Trump said at the Future Farmers of America convention in Indianapolis on Saturday.

“I said, ‘Well, I was standing under the wing of Air Force One doing a news conference early this morning, a very unfortunate news conference. And the wind was blowing and the rain, and I was soaking wet, and that’s what I ended up with today,'” Trump continued. “And I said, ‘At least you know it’s mine.'”

“I said, ‘Maybe I should cancel this arrangement because I have a bad hair day,'” Trump said. “And the bad news, somebody said, ‘Actually it looks better than it usually does.'”

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That morning, suspected shooter Robert Bowers allegedly killed worshipers during a Shabbat service at the Tree of Life synagogue in the Squirrel Hill neighborhood. The dead included siblings, a husband and wife and a 97-year-old woman. Four responding police officers were among the six people wounded.

Bowers has been charged with 29 federal crimes, most of which carry a maximum penalty of death, U.S. Attorney Scott Brady told reporters on Sunday.

At a rally in Illinois, Trump justified holding the event by incorrectly saying that the New York Stock Exchange opened the day after the attacks of Sept. 11 in 2001 — when it, in fact, reopened on Sept. 17, according to Bloomberg.

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“With what happened early today, that horrible, horrible attack in Pittsburgh, I was saying, ‘Maybe I should cancel both this and that,'” Trump said.

“And then I said to myself, ‘I remember Dick Russell, a friend of mine, great guy, he headed up the New York Stock Exchange on Sept. 11, and the New York Stock Exchange was open the following day.’ And what they had to do to open it, you wouldn’t believe. We won’t even talk to you about it. But he got that Exchange open. We can’t make these sick, demented, evil people important.”

Later in the day, Trump provoked more ire for tweeting about the World Series.

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According to pool reports, Trump told the press earlier in the day that he was “considering” calling off his events for the day, which went on as planned.

“It looks definitely like it’s an anti-Semitic crime,” he told reporters. “That is something you wouldn’t believe could still be going on.”

“A lot of people killed, a lot of people very badly wounded,” he said of the shooting. “They say as a crime scene it’s one of the worst that some professionals that have seen many many crime scenes, they say it’s one of the worst.”

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