President Donald Trump on Thursday tweeted a disturbing letter written by his former lawyer John Dowd which called peaceful protesters, who were forcibly cleared from Lafayette Park on Monday with the use chemical agents and rubber bullets, “terrorists” and accused them of not being “real.”
“I thought this letter from respected retired Marine and Super Star lawyer, John Dowd, would be of interest to the American People. Read it!,” Trump tweeted Thursday evening.
“The phony protesters near Lafayette park were not peaceful and not real,” Down falsely claims in his letter.
“They are terrorist using idle hate filled students to burn and destroy,” he further claims.
I thought this letter from respected retired Marine and Super Star lawyer, John Dowd, would be of interest to the American People. Read it! pic.twitter.com/I5tjysckZh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 4, 2020
Multiple reporters who covered that day’s protest noted that protesters were peaceful all day until the order was given to fire chemical agents and rubber bullets at the crowd, which included women and children.
Trump wants to treat legitimate protest as domestic terrorism. Fortunately we saw it live on television. pic.twitter.com/mPrCdiL1RV
— Daniel Morgan (@sdanielm) June 4, 2020
MSNBC reporter Garrett Haake was left in disbelief after the violent crackdown, calling the action an “extraordinary escalation” by police. Haake noted that protesters had remained peaceful all day as he reported from Lafayette Park on Monday.
“I want to be super clear about what did and didn’t happen right there, nothing happened on the side that the protesters were in. I was standing with those protesters. I’ve been with them since 2 this afternoon,” Haake reported after the police crackdown. “It was by far the most peaceful day of protest that we’ve had in D.C. since this started Friday night.”
“Then at probably 6:45,” he said, “we had mounted, federal police coming down 8th street, from east to west, clearing people out of the street. In front of them, they were using flash bangs, tear gas. I lost my regular mask and had to replace it with my gas mask so that we could continue to report as we were pushed down 8th street, down 17th street, off to Pennsylvania avenue all while I was listening to the President of the Untied States speak in my ear about ‘Law and Order.’ I was watching people fall down as they ran. I was watching people get pushed aside by police forces and by national guardsman carrying military police shields.”
“I was about 150 to 200 yards away from the front gate of the White House as that was happening. That’s what I experienced, that’s what the tape shows, that’s what history is going to show for tonight and I’m a little shook by the whole thing to be completely honest,” he added.
The letter the president just shared says, “The phony protesters near Lafayette park were not peaceful and are not real. They are terrorists.” https://t.co/dX77OFB68T
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 4, 2020