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. https://youtu.be/dZBZ_hwUobw
Reuters, “Graphic warning: Peaceful protesters fired at with tear gas, rubber bullets by military police in Washington, D.C.,” June 1, 2020. https://youtu.be/UrMoqSPZym0.
The Telegraph, “Donald Trump bible: Tear gas used to clear protesters for photo op,” June 2, 2020. https://youtu.be/AzBhYhu7NYI.
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, “Trump Sics Military On Peaceful Protesters And Clergy To Make Way For Bible Photo Op,” June 2, 2020. https://youtu.be/Lip5j_ToVcM
Fox News, “Are outside groups funding riots? Matt Whitaker weighs in,” June 1, 2020. https://youtu.be/cqkOTRGnvaY
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Will, George F. “Opinion | Trump Must Be Removed. So Must His Congressional Enablers.” Washington Post, June 1, 2020. https://www.washingtonpost.com/opinions/no-one-should-want-four-more-years-of-this-taste-of-ashes/2020/06/01/1a80ecf4-a425-11ea-bb20-ebf0921f3bbd_story.html
AWOL… Absent WithOut Leadership.#BunkerBoy pic.twitter.com/j48xe4y9jj— Billy Baldwin (@BillyBaldwin) June 1, 2020
Donald Trump is the weakest man in America.— David Hogg (@davidhogg111) June 2, 2020
“The President just used a bible…and one of the churches of my diocese without permission as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our churches stand for…I am outraged” – Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, Episcopal Diocese of Washington pic.twitter.com/UPSQlZfMWF— Anderson Cooper 360° (@AC360) June 2, 2020
cw: attempted murder— Chad Loder (@chadloder) June 1, 2020
Police pepper spray a man for just standing there, and then fire a tear gas grenade directly into his face at point-blank range.
Video ends but you can see the canister ricochet off the man’s head and into the crowd. City unknown. pic.twitter.com/KxPtaw66dX
Your raggedy white supremacist president and his cowardly enablers would rather kill everybody than stop killing black people.— Issa Rae (@IssaRae) June 1, 2020
Unreal. Waiting for POTUS to speak in the Rose Garden and listening to multiple loud booms from protests in Lafayette Square. pic.twitter.com/d47iEXCT9c— Kristin Fisher (@KristinFisher) June 1, 2020
I almost can’t believe what I’m seeing. POTUS just walked out the front door of the White House and into Lafayette Square – the epicenter of the DC protests – to visit historic St. John’s Church, which was set on fire last night. pic.twitter.com/XueoF2RC6z— Kristin Fisher (@KristinFisher) June 1, 2020
.@realDonaldTrump walks to the Historic St. John’s Church was damaged during a night of unrest near the White House. pic.twitter.com/La6TuoYyBJ— Doug Mills (@dougmillsnyt) June 1, 2020
Behold The Antichrist pic.twitter.com/31LhbXhGRT— Rep. Brandon Potter (@BrandonPotterRI) June 1, 2020
Beautiful to see people of all colors coming together, but we have a system unable to respond. Looting is wrong and murder is wrong, but their legalized forms are wrong too. Look at the wickedness in high places first, then at the least of these.#watch: https://t.co/g9GcLOjG4R— Cornel West (@CornelWest) June 1, 2020
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