President Donald Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr visited the partially burned historic St. John Episcopal Church on Monday.
Trump’s Team Takes Charge
The Washington, D.C., located church was set on fire a day earlier by protestors. The president -accompanied by Barr, White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and White House press secretary Kyleigh McEnany – made his way over just a few minutes after giving a speech in the Rose Garden of the White House.
While in the Garden, he spoke on the riots pillaging cities and towns across the country in connection with George Floyd’s death.
The president stated that his “administration is fully committed that for George and his family, justice will be served.”
The media largely ignored this part.
In terms of the increasing violence, he said, “immediate presidential action to stop the violence and restore security and safety in America.” To do that, it would entail, “all available federal resources, civilian and military to stop the rioting and looting, to end the destruction and arson, and to protect the rights of law-abiding Americans, including your Second Amendment rights.”
However, these statements the media ran with and framed in a negative light.
Protestors Were Cleared
Right before President Trump finished his speech, authorities cleared a path to the church using non-lethal weapons to disperse protestors. Law enforcement was on scene to remove people from the area around the White House.
Barr went first, accompanied by security detail, and was met with angry protestors screaming at him. According to an official, a bottle was thrown at him as he ordered the order to clear the people before the president arrived.
Democrats Attack Trump
Top Democrats were among the most vocal critics of clearing the area.
“I am horrified he attempted to put down peaceful protests with military force,” House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer said, calling it “the act of an authoritarian, unempathetic leader.”
Instead of taking a vehicle, Trump bravely and solemnly walked to the desecrated church. He was photographed holding a Bible while standing outside St. John’s.
I almost can’t believe what I’m seeing. POTUS just walked out the front door of the White House and into Lafayette Square – the epicenter of the DC protests – to visit historic St. John’s Church, which was set on fire last night. pic.twitter.com/XueoF2RC6z
— Kristin Fisher (@KristinFisher) June 1, 2020
“We have a great country,” Trump told reporters while holding up the Bible. “We will make it even greater. It won’t take long.”
The president took a moment of silence as he stood at the scene – a church that had been deliberately vandalized.
The Media Tries to Ruin a Sacred Moment
Of course, the media and Leftist haters could not stand by and watch Trump pay reverence to a sacred place – especially not with a Bible in hand.
“His stunt was designed to play to the most rabid white evangelicals, who inexplicably have always seen themselves — not African Americans — as the true victims. The invocation of a religious institution to justify an assault on peaceful protesters was as great an abuse of religious symbols as anything Trump has done. Surely, he never heard of the ‘Blessed are the peacemakers’ passage from the Christian bible. He worships not peacemakers but instruments of brute force,” Washington Post writer Jennifer Rubin wrote.
No surprise over how much hate the president got for this. He is used to it. We all are used to it.
President Trump, Attorney General Barr and the rest of the crew made their way back to the White House unscathed from their time honoring the church grounds.