Hope Hicks Was The Person Behind Trump’s Bible Photo Stunt
The Daily Mail and The New York Times are reporting that it was none other than Hope Hicks who orchestrated Trump’s church speech on Monday. Hope Hicks was Trump’s former communications director before leaving the White House during the Mueller investigation. The photo op that saw protestors chased away from the White House and saw Trump hold a Bible upside down has turned into a public humiliation for the White House.
That @cnn chyron is dead accurate.
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Many have criticized the event as a stunt and the President has come under fire for the treatment of protestors at the White House. Protestors were hit with teargas and rubber bullets. The Daily Mail report says of Hope Hicks, “Longtime Donald Trump aide Hope Hicks has been identified as having helped hatch the plan to have the president walk across the street from the White House to pose in front of St. John’s church – staged event that police and National Guard forces facilitated by using tear gas and rubber bullets to clear away peaceful protesters. The Daily Mail added, “As a PR move it may have backfired, after global and national media broadcast images of shield-bearing and mounted police using force to clear Lafayette Park, an area whose use as a forum for demonstrations and speech has long been protected.”
Katie Roberts of The NYT said in her report, “That church, St. John’s — the so-called Church of the Presidents because every one since James Madison has attended — had been briefly set ablaze as the protests devolved on Sunday evening. After Mr. Trump’s aides spent much of Monday expressing outrage over the burning of a place of worship, Hope Hicks, a presidential adviser, eventually hatched a plan with others at the White House to have the president walk over to the building, according to an official familiar with the events.”
Roberts also pointed to the words of the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, Mariann E. Budde. She said, “He [Trump] did not pray. He did not mention George Floyd, he did not mention the agony of people who have been subjected to this kind of horrific expression of racism and white supremacy for hundreds of years. We need a president who can unify and heal. He has done the opposite of that, and we are left to pick up the pieces.”
CNN even chimed in with a chyron. It read, “PEACEFUL PROTESTERS NEAR WHITE HOUSE TEAR-GASSED, SHOT WITH RUBBER BULLETS SO TRUMP CAN HAVE PHOTO-OPS.”