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Trump Wants to Turn D.C. Into a Battleground. He May Regret It

Posted On: Jun 2, 2020   |   Posted By: Politico

Trump Wants to Turn D.C. Into a Battleground. He May Regret It

President Donald Trump never got his wish to stage a July 4th military march down Pennsylvania Avenue in the heart of downtown Washington, D.C. But nights of street protests in the nation's capital in reaction to the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police have provided Trump another opportunity to use the District of Columbia as the backdrop for his reality-TV approach to governing.
As protesters peacefully gathered Monday evening in front of St. John's Episcopal Church, steps from Lafayette Square in view of the White House, Trump ordered federal troops to clear out protesters with tear gas and rubber bullets so he could stage a photo op. He stood in front of the historic church holding a bible aloft, leading Michael Curry, the bishop who presides over the Episcopal denomination, to accuse him of using “a church building and the Holy Bible for partisan political purposes.”
He meant it as criticism, but that was precisely President Trump's goal: to use the nation's capital and its landmarks as a...

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