Trump’s Cynical Ploy at St. John’s
Here’s what Three GOP Senators Had to Say About It:
"There is no right to riot, no right to destroy others’ property ... but there is a fundamental — a Constitutional — right to protest, and I’m against clearing out a peaceful protest for a photo op that treats the Word of God as a political prop.''
- Sen. Ben Sasse
“Obviously, if your question is, should you use tear gas to clear a path so the president can go have a photo-op, the answer is no”
- Sen. Tim Scott
“It was “painful to watch peaceful protesters be subjected to tear gas in order for the president to go across the street to a church that I believe he’s attended only once.’’
- Sen. Susan Collins
Sen. Mitt Romney criticizes President Trump for clearing ‘nonviolent’ protesters for a ‘photo op’
“From the news clips I have seen, the protesters across from the White House were orderly and nonviolent. They should not have been removed by force and without warning, particularly when the apparent purpose was to stage a photo op”
-Sen. Mitt Romney
Sen. James Lankford, R-Okla., called Trump’s walk to the church “confrontational” and said it “distracted from his important message in the Rose Garden about our national grief, racism, peaceful protests and lawful assembly.’’ That message “was drowned out by an awkward photo op,’’ Lankford said.
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