'Weak and dangerous': Schumer and Pelosi condemn Trump remarks and church 'photo-op'
Added 06-02-20 12:23:01am EST - “The top Democratic lawmakers in Congress roundly denounced President Trump's Rose Garden speech and trip to St. John's Episcopal Church amid growing unrest over George Floyd's death.” - Washingtonexaminer.com
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The top Democratic lawmakers in Congress roundly denounced President Trump’s Rose Garden speech and trip to St. John’s Episcopal Church amid growing unrest over George Floyd’s death.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement Monday night condemning Trump’s remarks, during which he threatened to send military troops to combat riots. Ahead of his address, authorities used tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse demonstrators so the president could walk to the city’s historic church, which has been the site of some damage from the protests.
“Across our country, Americans are protesting for an end to the pattern of racial injustice and brutality we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd,” Pelosi and Schumer said. “Yet, at a time when our country cries out for unification, this President is ripping it apart. Tear-gassing peaceful protestors without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us.”
“At this challenging time, our nation needs real leadership. The President’s continued fanning of the flames of discord, bigotry and violence is cowardly, weak and dangerous,” the lawmakers added, calling the church visit a "photo-op."
Prior to the crowd in the path from the White House to St. John’s being controversially cleared, Attorney General William Barr was seen watching the events unfold from behind security nearby.
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