Trump Insurrection Act to send in military for protests

Cheryl Sanders
June 3, 2020

US President Donald Trump spurred fresh outrage Monday after police used tear gas to clear protesters from outside the White House so he could pose for photographs at a nearby church damaged during civil unrest.

According to footage of the scene and reports from the ground, heavily armed police and National Guard units flooded into Lafayette Square in Washington D.C. on Monday to crack down on a peaceful protest.

"These are not acts of peaceful protest", Trump said Monday.

Just months ahead of the November elections, when he hopes to win a second term, Trump has been trying to appeal to those voters with the photo in front of the Episcopal church, a visit yesterday to a shrine to Pope John Paul II, and an executive order directing USA agencies to "protect" religious freedom overseas.

"We can rebuild the church".

Such use of the military would mark a stunning federal intervention rarely seen in modern American history.

Undeterred by curfews, protesters streamed back into the nation's streets Tuesday, hours after President Donald Trump pressed governors to put down the violence set off by George Floyd's death and demanded that NY call up the National Guard to stop the "lowlifes and losers".

"I was in the middle of a crowd coughing up a lung". "People are here to protest peacefully". On Tuesday, pastors at the church prayed with demonstrators and handed out water bottles.

As more demonstrations began taking shape around the country, and cities including Washington prepared for the possibility of more violence, the president amplified his hard-line calls of a day earlier, in which he threatened to send in the military to restore order if governors didn't do it.

In a statement, acting Park Police Chief Gregory Monahan denied that tear gas was used to clear the crowd and said officers used smoke canisters and pepper balls only after protesters tried to grab their weapons and threw projectiles at them.

Rev Glenna Huber, rector of the Church of the Epiphany, ran away from the chaotic situation and alerted clergy at the Church of the Presidents of what was happening.

"I'm there in my little pink sweater, in my collar, my grey hair up in a ponytail, my reading glasses on, and my seminarian who was with me - she got teargas in her eyes", she said.

Trump's visit "did not serve the spiritual aspirations or the needed moral leadership", she added.

The presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, Michael Curry, issued his own statement, saying that Trump had "used a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes".

Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washingon Mariann Budde said in a Monday statement that Trump's visit to St. John's was "a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus and everything that our church stands for".

In Minneapolis, Roxie Washington, mother of Floyd's 6-year-old daughter, Gianna, told a news conference he was a good man.

She told ABC: "This is an excruciating moment and a crisis moment in our country, where we need healing and reconciliation and we need justice". "The most basic function of government is to provide security for people to live their lives and exercise their rights, and we will meet that responsibility here in the nation's capital", Barr said.

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