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Inside the push to tear-gas protesters ahead of a Trump photo op

The scene at St. John’s Episcopal Church and authorities’ attacks on protesters were the product of a president who favors brute strength and fears looking weak.

By Ashley Parker, Josh Dawsey and Rebecca Tan   Read more »

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“We long ago lost sight of normal, but this was a singularly immoral act,” said Brendan Buck, a longtime former Hill aide who is now a Republican operative. “The president used force against American citizens, not to protect property, but to soothe his own insecurities. We will all move on to the next outrage, but this was a true abuse of power and should not be forgotten.”

Trump’s decision to speak to the nation from the Rose Garden and to visit the church came together earlier in the day, said one senior White House official, who like others spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal deliberations. The president was upset about news coverage of him briefly retreating to the White House bunker Friday evening amid protests, and he repeatedly wondered why anyone would have disclosed those details to the news media, two officials said.

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Trump must be removed. So must his congressional enablers.

President Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday.

President Trump speaks on the South Lawn of the White House on Saturday. (Amanda Voisard/for The Washington Post)

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June 1, 2020 at 3:18 p.m. EDT

This unraveling presidency began with the Crybaby-in-Chief banging his spoon on his highchair tray to protest a photograph — a photograph — showing that his inauguration crowd the day before had been smaller than the one four years previous. Since then, this weak person’s idea of a strong person, this chest-pounding advertisement of his own gnawing insecurities, this low-rent Lear raging on his Twitter-heath has proven that the phrase malignant buffoon is not an oxymoron.

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Episcopal bishop on President Trump: ‘Everything he has said and done is to inflame violence’

The Right Rev. Mariann Budde says she is “outraged” that police cleared protesters from in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church so the president could visit.

By Michelle Boorstein and Sarah Pulliam Bailey   Read more »

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“It was a necessary security measure," said Sen. John Cornyn. Asked if Trump should have gone out for a photo op that led to tear gas used on protesters, he said:
 
“You can characterize it the way you want … the President is free to go where he wants and to hold up a Bible”
 
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Sen. Chuck Grassley said peaceful protesters have the right to demonstrate but he didn't know the extent to which the "police might expect violence from some of the people — maybe 5% of the people — and that could be a potential problem"
 
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Sen. Lindsey Graham seemed to question the the photo op.
 
"I don't know what the point was," he said. "I guess he's trying to say we're reclaiming the church. … We need to focus on what happened to Mr. Floyd, it's a systematic problem, but you can't do that until you get order"
 
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