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Trump had peaceful protestors attacked to get a photo op

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No, seriously, fuck this reality TV Mussolini:

Around 6:44 p.m. on Monday, 16 minutes before D.C.’s curfew was set to begin, President Trump took the dais in the Rose Garden as flash bangs went off in the background. The president, after offering a few perfunctory words about how he promised to get to the bottom of the George Floyd killing, got to the point: It was time to return to “law and order.”

“As we speak,” Trump said, “I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property” in the nation’s capital.

What the police he had dispatched were doing was clearing the area around Lafayette Park, just outside the White House, of the crowds of people who were protesting peacefully there, first through the use of flashbangs and tear gas, then by clubbing them and battering them with riot shields.

“Thank you very much,” Trump concluded his remarks, “and now I’m going to pay my respects to a very, very special place,” Trump said.

The president had decided he wanted to take a stroll to St. John’s, the historic Episcopal church just by the White House which had caught fire in Sunday night’s protests. One way to put this is that the police had dispersed a peaceful protest so the president could safely visit St. John’s. Another is that the president visited St. John’s so that the police could disperse a peaceful protest. A CNN White House correspondent reported that he had chosen to do this because he was angry and embarrassed about coverage of his retreat to the White House bunker during Friday’s protest.

I am beginning to think that, in retrospect, compliance with email server management best practices was not the most important issue the country was facing in 2016.

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