By: Konrad Holden
Last June during the race riots in Washington D.C., all the major media outlets reported that ‘peaceful’ rioters were cleared from a park so that Trump could have a photo op in front of a damaged church. A year later, the Inspector General says that wasn’t the case at all.
In June of 2020, rioters gathered to protest the death of George Floyd in Washington, D.C.’s Lafayette Park. Eventually, the rioters were cleared from the park. Shortly afterward, President Trump gave a short speech in front of nearby St. John’s Church.
Immediately, news anchors across the country were up in arms about the “outrageous” move by the president to break up a ‘peaceful’ protest for a photo op.
As it turns out, all the headlines were false.
In a report by the Interior Department inspector general, officials concluded that Park Police had planned to clear out protestors to allow contractors to safely install anti-scale fencing. The fencing was, ironically, being set up because of damage from a riot days before.
The Interior Department inspector general, Mark Greenblatt said, “The evidence we reviewed showed that the (Park Police) cleared the park to allow a contractor to safely install anti-scale fencing in response to destruction of Federal property and injury to officers that occurred on May 30 and May 31…“Moreover, the evidence established that relevant (Park Police) officials had made those decisions and had begun implementing the operational plan several hours before they knew of a potential presidential visit to the park, which occurred later that day.”
But some members of the mainstream media still won’t believe it. Mika Brzezinski and Joe Scarborough were speechless while trying to salvage one of their favorite made-up stories of 2020.
“There’s a good reason Joe Scarborough is the anchor of the liberal-left’s favorite cable outlet. Shown a *mountain of conclusive, documentary proof* that the Park Police’s use of tear gas had nothing to do with Trump – was planned well before – he still insists it happened.” - Glenn Greenwald, conservative journalist