President Trump has addressed his fellow Americans from the Rose Garden. He talked of the chaos and riots that have gripped the nation over the homicide of a Minnesota man named George Floyd.
President Trump began with this:
“My first and highest duty as President is to defend our great country and the American people. I swore an oath to uphold the laws of our nation, and that is exactly what I will do. But we cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protestors to be drowned out by an angry mob.”
The President spoke of innocent business owners and peaceful protestors who have been hurt by the violence over the past few days. He agrees that protesters were rightly sickened and revolted by the brutal death of George Floyd. He urged state leaders to use the National Guard to end violence now. He also added that any state or local government that chooses not to bring the mob to heel will see U.S Army Forces sent to handle things.
President Trump ended his statement with wanting to pay respects to a very special place. He, joined by others, including Attorney General William Barr, walked out the front door of the White House and into Lafayette Square – the epicenter of the DC Protests – to visit historic St. John’s Church, which was set on fire from the riots. That exact church had also spent the previous days offering water and solidarity to the protestors.
St. John’s Episcopal Church is a historic church attended by every sitting U.S President since James Madison. It has served as a chapel to the White House for nearly two centuries. The church was built in 1816 by Benjamin Latrobe, the noted architect who worked on the Capitol and the White House, as well as the Decatur House.
This stunned the media into silence and anyone else who has been calling him to address the protests across the nation. President Trump stood in front of the church holding a bible. Walking out of the White House Gates during a pandemic and rioting to show the Americans that we can overcome this. The President and Attorney General are among the many taking the fight against the Democrats.
Of course, there were many people, mostly in the fake news media, more upset about President Trump walking to St. John’s church and holding up a bible than they were about the church being lit on fire by rioters. The Twitter mob seemed neverending.
There has been an abuse of sacred symbols of people of faith in this country to justify language that is antithetical to everything we stand for as a nation. President Trump said in the Rose Garden that he is an ally of peaceful protestors but stressed “I am your President of Law and Order.” Enough is enough.