The Trump administration, in a highly criticized move, tear-gassed peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. for a photo opportunity.

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What I witnessed on television with my own eyes, while watching CNN, was horrific and reminiscent of how peaceful protesters are treated in countries run by dictators.  Protesters were in Lafayette Park, which is close to the White House, peacefully voicing their anger about the murder of George Floyd by police.  Police began to form a line, inching closer and closer to the peaceful protesters.

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The United States Attorney General, Bill Barr, made an appearance prior to police pushing and tear gassing the protesters.  Then, the authorities became violent, literally running over peaceful protesters.  They claimed it was to clear the area prior to the curfew.  However, the D.C. Mayor, has spoken out against that narrative.

"I imposed a curfew at 7pm. A full 25 minutes before the curfew & w/o provocation, federal police used munitions on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of @DCPoliceDept officers more difficult. Shameful!" ~ Washington D.C. Mayor, Muriel Bowser, via Twitter

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As it turns out, it was all so Trump could walk to a church near the White House and take a photo with a Bible in hand. Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde, who oversees St. John's Episcopal Church, which was where Trump took the photo, is outraged.

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