White House protesters were tear gassed because Trump wanted to create photo op

White House protesters were tear gassed because Trump wanted to create photo op

Protesters peacefully exercising their First Amendment right outside the White House were tear gassed on Monday. Why? So that Donald Trump — a former reality TV star  — could have a made-for-TV moment of violence as he spoke to the nation. Oh, and so he could walk across the street and hold a bible in front of a church.

The scene unfolded outside the White House shortly after 6:30 p.m. ET on Monday. What had been a peaceful protest in Lafayette Park descended into chaos as police officers turned violent and deployed tear gas and flash-bangs. A short time later Trump spoke to the nation from the Rose Garden, where he threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act, which would allow him to use the U.S. military to stop riots and protests across the country.  Read more…

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