GOP Senators Criticize Trump’s Church Bible Stunt
Several Republican senators are criticizing President Donald Trump’s photo-op stunt at the St. John’s Church in Washington D.C., which began with police and the National Guard teargassing peaceful protesters on June 1. POLITICO reporter Tim Alberta and Huff Post journalist Igor Bobic tweeted the Republicans’ objections.
BEN SASSE statement: “There is no right to riot… But there is a fundamental—a Constitutional—right to protest, and I’m against clearing out a peaceful protest for a photo op that treats the Word of God as a political prop.”— Tim Alberta (@TimAlberta) June 2, 2020
“I don’t know what the point the president was trying to make,” Graham says. “Trying to restore order is a good thing. Attack on a church is a terrible thing. I don’t think it advanced the ball one way or another.”— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) June 2, 2020
Braun said he liked Trump’s speech but felt he should have urged law enforcement to do some “soul searching” over use of force.— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) June 2, 2020
Asked about gassing protesters at WH, Braun said, “I think you’ve gotta do better than that. I think it was a peaceful protest.”
Moran: “People who are peacefully protesting have the right to do so. They should be treated with respect and allowed to exercise their rights.”— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) June 2, 2020