Marco Rubio: Protesters At White House Got What They Asked For

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Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said protesters remained in Lafayette Square intentionally to instigate law enforcement.

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.

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