Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ripped into President Trump on Monday, accusing him of firing tear gas at peaceful protesters “for a photo op.”
“Donald Trump just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op,” Harris tweeted Monday.
Donald Trump just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op. https://t.co/nRzF0V4Kg5
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
Several loud bangs echoed before Trump took the podium at the Rose Garden as law enforcement fired tear gas and flash bangs into a crowd of peaceful protesters.
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) June 1, 2020
Minutes later, Trump walked from the White House to the St. John’s Church and held up a bible as he briefly took pictures with staff.
CNN’s Jim Acosta tweeted: “Police and members of the US military were deployed to clear out a protest so Trump can hold up a Bible outside of church.”
Police and members of the US military were deployed to clear out a protest so Trump can hold up a Bible outside of church. pic.twitter.com/2i0TFCveNp
— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) June 1, 2020
The View’s Joy Behar tweeted: “Fascism has come to America. Trump is actually holding a bible while guns are loaded. goodnight America.”
Fascism has come to America. Trump is actually holding a bible while guns are loaded. goodnight America.
— Joy Behar (@JoyVBehar) June 1, 2020
The move sparked outrage on social media.
Trump had protestors gassed and shot by the military police w/ rubber bullets so that he could get a photo holding a bible across the street.
I have no words for how evil this man truly is. pic.twitter.com/I1FNMJL3Nq
— Ethan Somers (@ethanjsomers) June 1, 2020
Trump had protesters tear-gassed to awkwardly hold a bible in front of a church pic.twitter.com/2Ktijus1z0
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) June 1, 2020
A tale of two political leaders today. Trump clears peaceful protesters with tear gas for a photo op with a bible. Biden listens to critics then takes a knee. pic.twitter.com/zurx3uLcmp
— Annie Linskey (@AnnieLinskey) June 1, 2020
This is so utterly disgusting.
Trump had peaceful protesters tear gassed so he could hold up photo op with a Bible in front of a boarded up St. John’s Church.
This isn’t taking a stand for the Christian faith. This is anti-Christ. pic.twitter.com/AWnelXoRSG
— “Zack” Hunt (@ZaackHunt) June 1, 2020