Alyssa Milano reacted to a video clip of tear gas being used to disperse DC protesters by writing “F*cking trump gestapo. It’s the death of democracy.”
Fucking trump gestapo. It’s the death of democracy. pic.twitter.com/gtzIUSMIRz
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) June 1, 2020
Actor Ethan Embry echoed Milano, writing.
The president just gassed 1000 Americans so he could walk to a fucking church on TV
Senator Kamala Harris responded to President Trump’s speech by writing:
These are not the words of a president. They are the words of a dictator.
Per ABCNews, police reinforced by National Guard troops forcefully pushed back protesters outside the White House Monday evening to clear a way for President Donald Trump to visit a church, just minutes after he said he wanted a military show of force against violent protests gripping the country.
As television cameras showed live images of Trump’s quick stop at the historic St. John’s Church, where a small fire caused damage to its basement during protests the night before, the president posed with a Bible and with senior members of administration. Moments before, police had cleared largely peaceful demonstrators from the area, using tear gas and beating some with batons and shields, including at least one news photographer.
The dramatic escalation, 15 minutes before a nighttime curfew was due to go into effect, came soon after D.C. National Guard troops were deployed near the White House.
As the protesters were being cleared from the area, Trump came to the White House Rose Garden to call himself the “law and order” president, saying “domestic terrorism” was to blame for the unrest.
“As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults and the wanton destruction of property,” he said. “We will end it now.”
He called on governors to use their National Guard military police units to “dominate the streets” and threatened to deploy the active duty military if governors failed to use the National Guard more forcefully.
He said he may invoke the 1807 Insurrection Act, which permits a president to deploy military inside the U.S. to deal with civil disorder.
BREAKING: Pres. Trump says he is "dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers" in response to continued protests in Washington, D.C.
— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) June 1, 2020