Moments ago, California Senator Kamala Harris tweeted:
Donald Trump just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op.
The HuffPost had tweeted “BREAKING: As the president spoke, police deployed tear gas and flash-bangs against protesters outside the White House demanding justice for George Floyd.”
Donald Trump just tear-gassed peaceful protesters for a photo op. https://t.co/nRzF0V4Kg5
— Kamala Harris (@KamalaHarris) June 1, 2020
Per TheHill, several loud bangs echoed before Trump took the podium at the Rose Garden as law enforcement fired tear gas into a crowd of peaceful protesters.
Trump then walked from the White House to the St. John’s Church and held up a bible as he took pictures with staff.
As Trump spoke in the Rose Garden, hundreds of people were gathered just outside of Lafayette Park across the street from the White House to protest for the fourth consecutive night as part of the nationwide demonstrations that have sprung up in response to George Floyd’s death.