Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida recently raced to the defense of President Donald Trump after radical left-wingers took aim at him for clearing out protesters from the area around St. John’s Episcopal Church, which had torched during violent protests, claiming it was for a photo opportunity.
Rubio said that the vast majority of those protesters who were cleared by police were “professional agitators” and that the media had fallen for their “calculated” tactics.
Here’s more from Fox News:
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“They knew the street needed to be cleared before 7 pm curfew,” Rubio tweeted. “But they deliberately stayed to trigger police action & get the story they wanted, that “police attacked peaceful protesters.”
The criticism that Trump faced after being photographed outside the church was swift. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer issued a joint statement to call out the “photo-op.”
Many in the media fell for the calculated & deliberate tactics of professional agitators.
They knew the street needed to be cleared before 7pm curfew.
But they deliberately stayed to trigger police action & get the story they wanted, that “police attacked peaceful protestors.”
— Marco Rubio (@marcorubio) June 1, 2020
“Across our country, Americans are protesting for an end to the pattern of racial injustice and brutality we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd,” the statement read. “Yet, at a time when our country cries out for unification, this President is ripping it apart. 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.”
Rubio is likely correct in his assessment of the individuals present at the White House protests. Many of these folks are involved in groups like Antifa that have been seeking a massive event like this across the country to try and disrupt the daily functioning of the country in hopes of overthrowing the current administration.
Whether that is for sure what is happening right now is anyone’s guess, but the one thing we can all know for sure is that no matter what choice the president makes, the left will attack him for it. And he knows this.
Yet, there he is, making the correct calls and standing by his decisions. That takes some intestinal fortitude in this political climate.