President Donald Trump held a Bible upside down during a press conference on Monday. He was holding the press conference to announce that he would deploy the military against protestors if state governors did not get the situation under control. Trump made the proclamation just as military police and armored cops pushed back protestors away from the White House. Trump has not been happy with the level of rioting and looting happening in several cities. Trump chose the site of St. John’s Church in Washington, for what many are now describing as a bizarre photo opp, staged exclusively for the cameras.
“I am the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington and was not given even a courtesy call that they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop, holding a Bible, one that declares that God is love and when everything he has said and done is to inflame violence.” Trump, not known to be a church-going President, stood outside the church, posing for a photo and vowing to keep the building “safe.” He also told reporters: America is the “greatest country in the world.”
Trump stepped up to the microphone in the Rose Garden today with a presser timed quite obviously to start at the same time that mounted military police and active-duty military police, began to forcibly move protesters back and clear the area near the church. Trump then gave examples or instances of previous violence against law enforcement or property while not mentioning any of the many now documented instances when the police have beaten, shot, and jailed well-intentioned protesters, similar to those protestors the President most certainly heard in the background.
The Right Rev. Mariann Budde, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington, D.C., said on Monday that she only learned of President Trump‘s visit to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church by watching it on the news. “I don’t want President Trump speaking for St. John’s,” Budde told The Washington Post after Trump’s visit. “I am outraged.”
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Travis Earle is a veteran of the United States Navy and a resident of Memphis, Tennessee. He serves as a politics writer for Hill Reporter. Travis@HillReporter.com