Leftists exploded in rage at Trump’s decision to walk from the White House to St. John’s Episcopal Church — which was tragically vandalized by rioters — on Monday after law enforcement cleared demonstrators away from the area. The media narrative was that Trump ordered tear gas to be used on the “peaceful protestors” in order to secure a “photo-op” in front of the church – a narrative that was soon destroyed.
Of course, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) jumped on the bandwagon and issued a joint statement with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), slamming Trump’s appearance in front of the church. “Tear-gassing peaceful protestors without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us,” the two said soon after the incident.
The problem is that D.C. police didn’t use tear gas the disperse the protestors that were not being peaceful in the first place. On Tuesday, D.C. Park Police issued a statement clarifying the means used to clear the area.
At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.
As many of the protestors became more combative, continued to throw projectiles, and attempted to grab officers’ weapons, officers then employed the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls. No tear gas was used by USPP officers or other assisting law enforcement partners to close the area at Lafayette Park.
Nancy Pelosi was forced to walk her comments back in an MSNBC appearance on Wednesday, admitting to host Joe Scarborough that “maybe they didn’t have tear gas, I don’t know,” referring to the incident at the church on Monday.
“My daughter, Alexandra — filmmaker, journalist — was there that night,” Pelosi told Scarborough, “And she called me, and she said, ‘Mom, you wouldn’t believe it, these people were demonstrating peacefully, and all of a sudden this barrage of security came through, using clubs to beat people, and these explosive little bullets that explode into stuff that burns your eyes.'”
“Maybe they didn’t have tear gas, I don’t know, but they had the elements of it. For peaceful demonstrators to make way, make way, for the president to walk through. What is this, a banana republic?”