Museum of America in the Pandemic Year, 2020

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Jun 1: In a short speech, Trump warns that he will dispatch troops to restore order in states that don’t stamp out violence that has erupted across the country during protests over police brutality. “We are ending the riots and lawlessness that has spread throughout our country,” Trump says in the White House Rose Garden. Meanwhile, federal law enforcement officers use tear gas and flash grenades to disperse peaceful protesters at Lafayette Square across from the White House. President Trump then walks to the historic St. John’s Church, with a group of advisors following. He stands in front of the church, boarded up after a Sunday fire, and holds up a Bible for the photographers. Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington said she was “outraged” that Trump used a Bible and a church, “without even asking us, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for.”George Floyd’s death is deemed a homicide. 


Amanapour, “Police chief to Trump: Please, keep your mouth shut if you can’t be constructive,” CNN, June 1, 2020.

Reuters, “Graphic warning: Peaceful protesters fired at with tear gas, rubber bullets by military police in Washington, D.C.,” June 1, 2020.

The Telegraph, “Donald Trump bible: Tear gas used to clear protesters for photo op,” June 2, 2020.

The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Trump Sics Military On Peaceful Protesters And Clergy To Make Way For Bible Photo Op,” June 2, 2020.

Fox News, “Are outside groups funding riots? Matt Whitaker weighs in,” June 1, 2020.


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Gerbasi, Gina. “Friends, I Am Ok, but I Am, Frankly Shaken.,” June 1, 2020.
Allen, Jonathan. “Trump, Tear Gas in Lafayette Square: Memo from the Protest Front Lines.” NBC News, June 2, 2020.
Morrison, Aaron. “On the Spot Where George Floyd Died, His Brother Urges Calm.” AP News, June 1, 2020.
Muncie Sunday Star. “DEBS at Wysor Grand This Afternoon.” The Muncie Sunday Star, March 25, 1917.

Will, George F. “Opinion | Trump Must Be Removed. So Must His Congressional Enablers.” Washington Post, June 1, 2020.

Kesslen, Ben. “One Dead in Louisville after Police and National Guard ‘return Fire’ on Crowd.” NBC News, June 1, 2020.
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Additional Links
  • CDC. “Estimating Risk for Death from Coronavirus Disease, China, January–February 2020 – Volume 26, Number 6—June 2020 – Emerging Infectious Diseases Journal – CDC.” Emerging Infectious Diseases journal, June 1, 2020.

* Timeline summaries at the top of the page come from a variety of sources:, including The American Journal of Managed Care COVID-19 Timeline (, the Just Security Group at the NYU School of Law (, the “10 Things,” daily entries from The Week (, as well as a variety of newspapers and television programs.