Don the Con AKA Bunker boy wants to protect your 2nd amendment rights while he tramples on your 1st amendment rights using the army tear gas and rubber bullets.
Donald J. Trump is lying to you; you cannot break the law and claim to be a law and order president.
A.B Man III
Donald J. Trump AKA Bunker Boy was so embarrassed that we found out he was hiding in the bunker that he had to show he is a strong man. He used the police, the park police, mounted police, secret service, the army, flash-bang grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets to violate the 1st amendment rights of peaceful unarmed protester so Trump AKA Bunker Boy could have a photo op. To make thing worse Donald J. Trump AKA Bunker Boy look like he did not know what to do with the bible. Maybe it was his first time. Donald J. Trump AKA Bunker Boy cannot break the law and then claim to be for law and order.
Real men do not need to prove how strong or how smart they are. If Donald J. Trump AKA Bunker Boy was a real man, he would not have stooped so low to prove how strong he is. Smart people do not need to tell you how smart they are you know; only people who are not smart have to tell you how smart they are. Sometimes you have to wonder if rocks are smarter than Donald J. Trump AKA Bunker Boy.
Donald J. Trump AKA Bunker boy wanted people know he would protect your 2nd amendment rights while he trampled on our 1st amendment rights. Donald J. Trump AKA Bunker thinks he can bully all Americans to his will as he has done with the Republican Party; America is not a dictatorship and the rest of America will not fall in line with a wannabe dictator.
*** 06/06/2020 Note: The Trump administration has claimed it was fake news that tear gas was used on unarmed protesters and has requested news reports of the incident be corrected to no gas used, however they have since backtracked and admitted that tear gas was used on unarmed protesters exercising their 1st amendment right to peaceably assemble.
‘What I saw was just absolutely wrong’: National Guardsmen struggle with their role in controlling protests
POLITICO spoke to 10 National Guardsmen who have taken part in the protest response across the country since the killing of George Floyd while in police custody.
By DANIEL LIPPMAN
Pvt. Si’Kenya Lynch, a member of the D.C. National Guard, was on duty at Lafayette Square near the White House last Monday when U.S. Park Police cleared the area of protesters ahead of President Donald Trump’s now-infamous photo op. Lynch said she supports the protests, and that her brother was among the demonstrators on the other side of the line, adding that “he coughed a lot” due to the tear gas fired into the crowd. “I was happy to see him out there ... to walk for me when I couldn’t,” she said, adding that if she hadn’t been activated as a citizen-soldier, she would have been among the protesters “to support the people, and I wanted to support what was right.” POLITICO spoke to 10 National Guardsmen who have taken part in the protest response across the country since the killing of George Floyd while in police custody. Many Guardsmen said they felt uncomfortable with the way they were used to handle the unrest because demonstrators lumped them in with the police. They felt that while they swore an oath to uphold the Constitution, their presence at times intimidated Americans from expressing their opinions and even escalated the tension. And in the case of Guardsmen involved in the Lafayette incident, some felt used. “As a military officer, what I saw was more or less really f---ed up,” said one D.C. Guardsman who was deployed to Lafayette Square last Monday and who, like some others, spoke on condition of anonymity to speak freely. The official line from the White House that the protesters had turned violent, he said, is false. “The crowd was loud but peaceful, and at no point did I feel in danger, and I was standing right there in the front of the line,” he said. “A lot of us are still struggling to process this, but in a lot of ways, I believe I saw civil rights being violated in order for a photo op.
CBS Evening News
President Trump initially wanted to deploy 10,000 troops to Washington D.C. following last week's protests over the death of George Floyd. High-ranking members of Mr. Trump's cabinet managed to dissuade him of the idea. Ben Tracy reports.
By Lori Robertson
Democratic politicians have criticized President Donald Trump for the use of “tear gas” to disperse protesters near the White House on June 1 before Trump walked to St. John’s Episcopal Church to pose for photos with a Bible. The president countered, “They didn’t use tear gas.” U.S. Park Police says officers used “pepper balls,” not “tear gas.” It’s true pepper balls, which contain a pepper spray-like irritant, have a different makeup than another chemical typical referred to as “tear gas” (and which USPP specifically says it didn’t use). But some sources consider pepper spray a type of tear gas, while others say both chemicals have the same effect on people. According to the Scientific American and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pepper spray is a type of “tear gas” or “riot control agent.” Dr. Ranit Mishori, senior medical adviser for Physicians for Human Rights and a Georgetown University professor of family medicine, told us in an email: “Tear gas and pepper spray both belong to a class of crowd-control weapons known as chemical irritants.” The chemical makeup is different, but the impact on people is similar. “During a protest, it is impossible to tell what chemical is being used as the clinical manifestations are the same.” Trump’s reelection campaign has claimed the media was “falsely reporting” that U.S. Park Police used “tear gas,” and in a Fox News Radio interview on June 3, Trump said the stories about clearing out the protesters with “tear gas” were “fake. They didn’t use tear gas. They didn’t use. They moved them out.” Trump didn’t mention the “pepper balls.” Both chemical irritants cause, according to Mishori, “sometimes severe irritation to mucous membranes (e.g eyes, mouth, nasal passages, lungs), causing people to experience burning sensations on the skin and in the eyes, tearing, coughing, sneezing, difficulty breathing, nausea, vomiting, disorientation.”
By John Kruzel
The Washington, D.C., chapter of Black Lives Matter and several protestors sued the Trump administration Thursday over its use of chemical agents and rubber bullets earlier this week to scatter crowds gathered near the White House. The plaintiffs accused the administration and more than 100 law enforcement personnel of carrying out a conspiracy to violate their free speech and other constitutional rights while they peacefully protested the death of George Floyd, who was killed in Minneapolis police custody when a white police officer knelt on his neck for more than eight minutes. “The President’s shameless, unconstitutional, unprovoked, and frankly criminal attack on protesters because he disagreed with their views shakes the foundation of our nation’s constitutional order,” said Scott Michelman, the legal director of the ACLU of the District of Columbia, one of the groups backing the legal challenge. The administration sparked a bipartisan backlash Monday when law enforcement used aggressive measures, including chemical agents, flash bombs and rubber bullets, to scatter a largely peaceful protest around Lafayette Square. Moments later, President Trump walked across the vacated street flanked by Cabinet members, a heavy security detail and senior staff to stand in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he hoisted a Bible and posed for photographs, in what critics viewed as a surreal political stunt.
By Katie Rogers
“He did not pray,” said Mariann E. Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington. “He did not mention George Floyd, he did not mention the agony of people who have been subjected to this kind of horrific expression of racism and white supremacy for hundreds of years.” WASHINGTON — People who gathered outside the White House to protest police brutality spent Monday waving signs and screaming for justice. They watched as police officers and National Guard units flooded Lafayette Square, delivering on a threat made by President Trump. And just before the city’s 7 p.m. curfew went into effect, they were hit with flash-bang explosions and doused with tear gas. It was because the president, who spent part of the weekend in a secure bunker as protests roiled, wanted to have his picture taken holding a Bible at a battered church just beyond the gates. That church, St. John’s — the so-called Church of the Presidents because every one since James Madison has attended — had been briefly set ablaze as the protests devolved on Sunday evening. After Mr. Trump’s aides spent much of Monday expressing outrage over the burning of a place of worship, Hope Hicks, a presidential adviser, eventually hatched a plan with others at the White House to have the president walk over to the building, according to an official familiar with the events. - Don the con AKA Bunker boy wants to protect your 2nd amendment rights while he tramples on your 1st amendment rights using the army tear gas and rubber bullets.
By Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey
The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, was seething. President Trump had just visited St. John’s Episcopal Church, which sits across from the White House. It was a day after a fire was set in the basement of the historic building amid protests over the death of George Floyd in the custody of Minneapolis police. Before heading to the church, where presidents have worshiped since the days of James Madison, Trump gave a speech at the White House emphasizing the importance of law and order. Federal officers then used force to clear a large crowd of peaceful demonstrators from the street between the White House and the church, apparently so Trump could make the visit. “I am outraged,” Budde said in a telephone interview a short time later, pausing between words to emphasize her anger as her voice slightly trembled.
The Rev Mariann Budde says the institution aligns itself with those seeking justice for Floyd’s death
By Mario Koran and Helen Sullivan
The Episcopal bishop of Washington DC has said she is “outraged” after officers used teargas to clear a crowd of peaceful protesters from near the White House to make way for Donald Trump. Minutes after speaking in the Rose Garden about the importance of “law and order” to quell the unrest over the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police, Trump walked across the street to St John’s Episcopal church, where every American president since James Madison has worshipped. But not before police used teargas and force to clear the streets for Trump’s photo opportunity. Once he arrived at St John’s, Trump held up a Bible that read “God is love”, while posing in front of the church’s sign. The Right Rev Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, told the Washington Post: “I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call, that they would be clearing [the area] with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop.” Trump’s message is at odds with the values of love and tolerance espoused by the church, Budde said, before describing the president’s visit as an opportunity to use the church, and a Bible, as a “backdrop”.
By Bill Chappell
President Trump's controversial foray to St. John's Church on Monday is generating widespread criticism, after police and National Guard troops physically cleared out demonstrators, using tear gas, to allow a photo opportunity outside the church. The bishop who oversees St. John's is among the critics. "He used violent means to ask to be escorted across the park into the courtyard of the church," Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington tells NPR's Morning Edition. "He held up his Bible after speaking [an] inflammatory militarized approach to the wounds of our nation." "He did not pray," the bishop continued. "He did not offer a word of balm or condolence to those who are grieving. He did not seek to unify the country, but rather he used our symbols and our sacred space as a way to reinforce a message that is antithetical to everything that the person of Jesus, whom we follow, and the gospel texts that we strive to emulate ... represent." Every president since James Madison has visited St. John's Church, which opened in 1816 and sits across the park from the White House. Despite that longstanding relationship, Budde says her diocese had no warning of Monday's visit. "There was no reaching out, no sense that it would require some sort of authorization before using the church as a backdrop in that way," Budde told NPR's Tom Gjelten hours after the incident. The president had used the Bible, and her church, as a prop, she said.
Former minister at church used for Trump's photo-op: 'It was a sacrilege for all people of all faiths'
By Paul LeBlanc, CNN
(CNN) A former minister at the church President Donald Trump used as the backdrop for a photo Monday evening slammed the move as "a sacrilege for all people of all faiths." Following a speech from the White House Rose Garden, the President walked to St. John's Episcopal Church, a house of worship used by American presidents for more than a century. Peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets. It was all, apparently, so Trump could visit the church. "I couldn't believe it," the Rev. Gini Gerbasi, who was among the people cleared away from St. John's Church, told CNN's Jake Tapper on "The Lead" Tuesday. "When I realized that people had been hurt and terrified for a political stunt, I -- like, offended hardly begins to describe how I feel. I feel -- it was a sacrilege for all people of all faiths -- faiths that are grounded in peacefulness and loving, compassion, reconciliation, wholeness, healing, forgiveness, peace, love, compassion." The move, she continued, "was a sacrilege. An absolute sacrilege." The photo-op followed nearly a week of protests across the country that at times have turned violent over the death of George Floyd, a 46-year-old black man who died at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. Trump had been angered by news coverage depicting him holed up in an underground bunker amid protests in Washington. He told aides on Monday he wanted to be seen outside the White House gates, according to a person familiar with the matter, which is part of what drove the decision to stage the photo-op at St. John's Church. Recounting how authorities began charging the crowd in lockstep, Gerbasi said she was "helping wipe away tears in people's eyes and try to tend to them and help them on the grounds and suddenly the police were pushing us back." "And the people were dropping to the ground, afraid. And they were -- when they'd hear those flash sounds, they thought they were being shot, and people were running at us. And literally at some point, when I looked up and the police were so close, I had to just grab some things and run."
By Veronica Stracqualursi, CNN
Washington (CNN) The District of Columbia National Guard is investigating the actions of its helicopters Monday night that were observed doing slow, low-level passes and hovering over crowds in an apparent attempt to disperse those who were out past the city's curfew, protesting over the death of George Floyd. The DC National Guard first announced the investigation on Tuesday, saying in a statement provided to CNN that its commanding general, Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, "directed an investigation into a June 1 low-flying maneuver conducted by one of our rotary aviation assets." In a longer statement Wednesday, the Guard said that it is investigating the use of a "medical evacuation helicopter as part of the Joint Task Force DC operation." The investigation is to ensure all the helicopters involved Monday "complied with applicable procedures and safety regulations," the Guard said. "I hold all members of the District of Columbia National Guard to the highest of standards. We live and work in the District, and we are dedicated to the service of our nation," Walker said in a statement. On Monday, crowds protested outside the White House over the death of Floyd at the hands of a police officer in Minneapolis. As the city curfew was about to go into effect at 7 p.m. ET., law enforcement began pushing back the crowd using tear gas, smoke canisters and rubber bullets. A spokesman for the Pentagon claimed to CNN Tuesday the National Guard did not fire tear gas or rubber bullets. Well after the curfew, protesters were still out on the streets, and video captured by CNN showed a military helicopter hovering over a group of them, using its propellers to kick up strong wind and debris. The tactic is a show of force and commonly used by the military in overseas combat zones to drive away targets from a specific area.
Emails sent to news organisations admonish reporting that tear gas was fired at protesters to clear Trump's way.
Donald Trump's 2020 campaign for the United States presidency sent emails to news organisations, including Al Jazeera, demanding corrections to articles describing security forces' use of tear gas on protesters to make room for the president so he could pose for photographs. Police dispersed hundreds of demonstrators on Monday using gas and rubber-coated bullets in Lafayette Park, outside the White House, so Trump could walk to a nearby church and take pictures with a Bible. As video and photos of the scene circulated on social media and caused outrage, the US Park Police sent a statement defending the action, saying officers used "smoke canisters" and "pepper balls" after "protesters became more combative". It also said no tear gas was used in the incident. "We now know through the US Park Police that neither they, nor any of their law enforcement partners, used tear gas to quell rising violence," Tim Murtaugh, the Trump 2020 campaign's communications director, said in a statement on Tuesday night. "Every news organisation which reported the tear gas lie should immediately correct or retract its erroneous reporting." Despite the claim that no tear gas was fired, photographs taken by news organisations show clouds surrounding demonstrators. According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, riot control agents often referred to as tear gas are "chemical compounds that temporarily make people unable to function by causing irritation to the eyes, mouth, throat, lungs, and skin". Compounds from smoke canisters and pepper spray fall under this definition and have similar effects as tear gas, according to the CDC. The most common symptoms of exposure to these chemical agents are burning eyes, blurred vision, a running nose, burning and irritation in the mouth, and chest tightness.