And right after he called himself “an ally of all peaceful protesters”
You know, if 10 years ago you had told me Donald Trump would be the president of the United States in 2020, I would’ve pictured scenes not unlike the ones happening in America today. The president may not have addressed what’s going on with the protests over the weekend, but he started the week all guns blazing.
After tweeting that he would deploy the National Guard, he took to the podium on Monday to announce a curfew and that if things don’t get better, he will be deploying the military. Way to calm the mood in the country, Mr. President.
Now, Trump is a man who’s got an image to uphold. I mean, of course! He’s the president for crying out loud. But for him to show that his image matters more to him than the livelihood of American citizens is just a sorry sight.
The president, hell bent on getting across the street to St John’s Episcopal Church, gave the police the green light to use flash bangs and tear gas to disperse the people gathered outside the White House waving signs and screaming for justice. The irony in all this is that they were protesting police brutality.
You’d think that the president is a devout christian at the very least, but thats not the case either. The president just wanted to have a photo taken of him holding a Bible in front of a battered church. Yup, he quite literally used the bible as a prop in a photoshoot.
Let’s face it, Donald Trump is not a devout christian. Strangely enough however, he has the vote of the christian people. In 2016, he won 81% of white evangelical votes and it turned out that Catholics supported him over Hillary Clinton by 60% to 37%.
This from a guy who’s had three marriages and paid hush money to porn star. If it doesn’t make sense to you, it’s because it shouldn’t. Trump however, has strengthened his standing amongst the religious voters by doing photo ops like this and appointing people such as Brett Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch who have their support.
Religious leaders however, were having none of it.
“The president just used a Bible, the most sacred text of the Judeo-Christian tradition, and one of the churches of my diocese, without permission, as a backdrop for a message antithetical to the teachings of Jesus.”
The Episcopal Bishop of Washington, the Right Reverend Mariann Budde
Let me be clear. This is revolting. The Bible is not a prop. A church is not a photo op. Religion is not a political tool. God is not your plaything. pic.twitter.com/RZwPeqrwoZ
— James Martin, SJ (@JamesMartinSJ) June 2, 2020
Honestly, who holds the bible like that? I mean, why is he holding it like as if it’s some sort of document or sign? According to sources who were there at the church, Trump didn’t mention the killing of George Floyd or even pray during his visit and spent a total of 17 minutes on site.