U.S. President Donald Trump, who was widely criticized for using the church and Bible for a photo-op, defended his position by stating, “People liked my walk to this historic place of worship!”
Police officers had earlier cleared protesters outside the White House so that the President could pose for photographs outside a church damaged in the unrest gripping Washington DC.
“If the protesters were so peaceful, why did they light the Church on fire the night before?” he asked on Twitter. “People liked my walk to this historic place of worship!”
“Media Falsely Claimed Violent Riots Were Peaceful And That Tear Gas Was Used Against Rioters”
Meanwhile, the Reverend Mariann Budde, the Episcopal bishop of Washington, DC, said she was outraged that “they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop.”
However, Trump has since then doubled down, and in nationally televised remarks at the White House, he referred to the protests as “acts of domestic terrorism committed by professional anarchists, violent mobs, arsonists, looters, criminals, rioters, Antifa, and others.”
Barbara Green, Readers Bureau, Fellow
Edited by Jesus Chan
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