Last week, the President of the United States had the police deploy tear gas and flashbang grenades to violently disperse a group of peaceful George Floyd protestors in Lafayette Square outside the White House. In doing so, he cleared a path for himself to take a leisurely stroll to a nearby church where he posed for a photo op with the Bible. In the process, members of the clergy were subjected to tear gas and driven away from the holy grounds.
Even by Trumpian standards, it was a heinous, cynical abuse of power and a clear indication that the president stands firmly on the side of police brutality.
Today, White House Press Kayleigh McEnany was asked whether there is anyone in the administration, perhaps even the president himself, who regrets the manner in which the peaceful protestors were handled last week.
“No there’s no regrets on the part of this White House because look I’d note that many of those decisions were not made here within the White House,” said McEnany, showcasing that pathological inability to admit mistakes or take responsibility that has defined the Trump administration since day one.
“It was AG Barr who made the decision to move the perimeter. Monday night park police also had made that decision independently when they saw the violence in Lafayette Square,” she went on, smearing the peaceful protestors while simultaneously offering up Barr and the police as scapegoats.
McEnany went on to justify the violent actions of the police by saying that the demonstrators were given “three loud warnings,” as if that somehow makes it acceptable for law enforcement officers to attack innocent Americans practicing their constitutional rights to assembly and free speech.
Rather than conceding that police acted inappropriately, McEnany blamed the violence on “Antifa” the new favorite bugaboo for conservatives. It must be noted that the FBI released a statement saying that the agency found “no intelligence indicating Antifa involvement/presence” in the violence on May 31st. As usual, the Trump White House is lying to justify their own criminal actions against the American people.
Trump might not regret tear-gassing protestors yet, but we will make him regret it this November by showing up en masse to vote him out.
White House: No regrets over photo op. Also Bill Barr gave the orders. President only "sorry antifa wreaked havoc." pic.twitter.com/XCwqnT0RQr
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) June 8, 2020
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 1, 2020
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