Marco Rubio: Protesters At White House Got What They Asked For
Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) suggested on Monday that protesters in Lafayette Square who were forcibly removed by police ultimately got what they asked for, saying they “deliberately stayed to trigger police action.”
According to The Hill, Rubio tweeted that “many in the media fell for the calculated & deliberate tactics of professional agitators.”
The senator also wrote that protesters “knew the street needed to be cleared before 7pm curfew” but “deliberately stayed to trigger police action & get the story they wanted, that ‘police attacked peaceful protestors.’ ”
However, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the police acted well in advance of the curfew start time.
“I imposed a curfew at 7pm. A full 25 minutes before the curfew & w/o provocation, federal police used munitions on peaceful protestors in front of the White House, an act that will make the job of @DCPoliceDept officers more difficult," Bowser tweeted. "Shameful! DC residents — Go home. Be safe.”
The police worked to clear the area outside the White House ahead of President Donald Trump’s walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo op. Tear gas was deployed into the crowd of peaceful protesters, which The Hill reported occurred at least 15 minutes prior to the 7 p.m. curfew.