In a case of Orwellian doublespeak, the president claimed to be “an ally of peaceful protestors” while tear gas and rubber bullets were fired to disburse crowds near the White House so he could walk across the street to stand on the steps of a church he doesn’t attend and flash a Bible he is unlikely to have read. Days later, he ordered troops to confront and intimidate peaceful protestors on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, further demonstrating that he is the true threat to our republic and our democratic institutions. U.S. Park Police, Arlington Police, D.C. Metro Police and the Secret Service have all denied using any kind of tear gas on peaceful protestors in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Square last Monday, even though numerous canisters were recovered by journalists on the scene. The kinds of authoritarian actions taken by this president over the last week are what I have feared since he was first elected in November 2016.
I am not a fan of Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) and his brand of vulture capitalism, but it’s important to give credit where it is due, so I am obliged to point out that he joined a thousand evangelical Christians marching in support of Black Lives Matter in Washington, D.C., on Sunday. Romney told reporters that he was participating in the demonstration “to make sure that people understand that black lives matter.”