Shades Of Theocracy: President Donald Trump posed with a Bible in front of St. John’s Church after promising to use the U.S. military against the widespread demonstrations protesting the killing of George Floyd by police.
Escalating an already tense situation, Trump, speaking to the press at the White House Rose Garden, said he would be invoking the Insurrection Act of 1807, which he says would allow him to deploy troops anywhere across the nation.
It would be the first time the Insurrection Act had been invoked in more than 200 years.
Calling himself the “president of law and order,” Trump declared:
We cannot allow the righteous cries of peaceful protesters to be drowned out by an angry mob…
I am mobilizing all available federal resources, civilian and military, to stop rioting and looting, to end the destruction…
If a city or state refuses to take the actions that are necessary to defend the life and property of their residents, then I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them…
As we speak, I am dispatching thousands and thousands of heavily armed soldiers, military personnel, and law enforcement officers to stop the rioting, looting, vandalism, assaults, and the wanton destruction of property. We will end it now.
After making his remarks at the White House Rose Garden, Trump left the White House on foot, walking across Lafayette Park to St John’s Episcopal church, only a short distance away. Once at the church Trump posed with a Bible for photographers.
It was, to say the least, surreal.
The following is a sample of reactions to Trump’s remarks via Twitter:
White supremacy and Christian nationalism go together hand in hand. https://t.co/BJYv4jAAET
— Samantha Sokol (@samsokol19) June 1, 2020
Hey @realDonaldTrump, a quick civics lesson! Insurrection Act of 1807 is ONLY used if STATE leaders ASK for it. If YOU send military on your own “judgement”, without a Governor’s ask, you have broken the law and then become what we all suspected, a Supreme Leader/Dictator.
— Daniel Smith, Jr (@danielforpa) June 1, 2020
As Trump stands outside St. John’s church:
Reporter: “Is that your Bible?”
Trump: “It’s a Bible.”
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) June 1, 2020
President Trump does not go to church if it’s not a photo op. He has repeatedly demonstrated a lack of familiarity with the Bible. He has never asked God forgiveness. Tear gas & flash bangs were used to disperse a peaceful crowd so he could make his way to St. John’s for optics.
— Olivia Nuzzi (@Olivianuzzi) June 1, 2020
Standing in front of St. John’s Church, boarded up against violent protests, and with senior staff at his side, plus Attorney General Barr, Pres Trump says “we have the greatest country in the world.” Holding a Bible, he says he’ll keep the country “nice and safe.” pic.twitter.com/2jxOMz44rd
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) June 1, 2020
Dictator Trump assumes absolute control of the United States with a bible at hand. The world just got a hell of a lot darker.
— Anonymous (@YourAnonCentral) June 1, 2020
Bottom line: President Donald Trump posed with a Bible after promising to use the U.S. military against those protesting the police killing of George Floyd.