There are nationwide protests and riots related to the murder of a man named George Floyd at the hands of a police officer. It has become a huge racial issue and the president has threatened to turn the military on the protesters. It’s a shit-show. We are a country divided. How the hell did that happen so quickly?
Trump declared himself “your president of law and order” and proceeded to tear-gas peaceful protesters across the street from the white house so he could get a a photo-op in front of a church. Note at the end of the first video he says he is going someplace. In the second video he goes there.
Religious persons were not amused. Here’s an interview with the Episcopal Bishop of Washington DC and a Jesuit priest.
The president later said that tear gas wasn’t used. Here is a live-streamed video of the protesters being pushed out of Lafayette park, please note all the talk of pain in the eyes at 6:10, 7:09 and elsewhere.
This, of course, escalated the violence.