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‘I Am Outraged': D.C. Episcopal Bishop Decries Trump Clearing Protestors With Tear Gas to Use Church as a ‘Prop'

Added 06-01-20 09:34:03pm EST - “"I feel that the soul of our nation is at stake right now and we need moral leadership," the Bishop said. "And we also need moral leadership. We also ...” - Mediaite.com

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Mediaite.com: “Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde Blasts Trump Over Church Stunt”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde expressed her outrage toward President Donald Trump after Trump used her Washington D.C. St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo op following his address to the nation, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen tonight.”

Budde and other members of the church didn’t know Trump would visit their church until they saw it on the news, they said. Budde ripped Trump for his “abused of sacred symbols” and was “outraged” that her church was used for political gain.

“I am outraged,” Budde said. “The president did not pray when he came to St John’s nor, as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony of our country right now — in particular, that of the people of color in our nation who wonder is anyone in public power will ever acknowledge their sacred worth and who are rightfully demanding an end to 400 years of systemic racism and white supremacy in our country … We distance ourselves from the incendiary language of this President.”

“I feel that the soul of our nation is at stake right now and we need moral leadership,” Budde added. “And we also need moral leadership. We also need political leadership.”

At around 6:30 p.m. EST, protests following the death of George Floyd were cleared near the White House when police began firing tear gas and smoke bombs toward the peaceful crowd. Those protests were right near St. John’s Episcopal Church.

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