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MSNBC 2 Jun 2020

Republicans Dodge Questions On Trump's Violent Removal Of Peaceful Protest

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MSNBC's Kasie Hunt tried to get multiple Republicans to respond to the Trump White House having a peaceful protest violently removed so the president could have a photo op with a Bible. Aired on 6/2/2020.


White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany stressed the importance of "peaceful protesters" as nationwide demonstrations continue over the death of George Floyd. The White House also urged governors to deploy the National Guard as needed.
CNN's Anderson Cooper calls out a number of Republican senators who dodged questions or were silent when pressed for reaction after President Donald Trump suggested without evidence that a 75-year-old man who was seriously injured after being shoved by police officers in Buffalo, New York, last week, may have been part of a "set up."

In an unsubstantiated claim, the President tweeted, "Buffalo protester shoved by Police could be an ANTIFA provocateur. 75 year old Martin Gugino was pushed away after appearing to scan police communications in order to black out the equipment. @OANN I watched, he fell harder than was pushed. Was aiming scanner. Could be a set up?"
At a news conference following a Republican policy lunch, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky refused to say whether Trump's tweet was appropriate.
CNN pressed him twice, and he instead pointed to the work led by GOP Sen. Tim Scott of South Carolina to try to put together a police reform package.

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NBC News' Gadi Schwartz details the announcement that Los Angeles County will lift its curfew after days of peaceful demonstrations against George Floyd's death.
More than a dozen Senate Republicans on June 2 refused to say whether the gassing of peaceful protesters outside the White House was appropriate before President Trump's church visit.

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SENIOR REPUBLICANS IN THE SENATE
THAT WE WILL ALL RECOGNIZE.
>> SENATOR McCONNELL, WAS WHAT
THE PRESIDENT DID LAST NIGHT THE
RIGHT THING TO DO?
>> I WASN’T THERE SO I DIDN’T
SEE EXACTLY WHAT HAPPENED.
>> YOU THINK HE CAN DO BETTER?
>> WE ALL CAN -- EVERY DAY WE
ALL CAN DO BETTER.
I TRY.
>> WHAT THE PRESIDENT DID, THE
PEACEFUL PROTESTERS THAT WERE
DISPERSED WITH TEAR GAS, HE THEN
WALKED ACROSS THE STREET TO THE
CHURCH.
WAS THAT THE RIGHT THING TO DO?
>> I DIDN’T REALLY SEE IT.
>> WAS CLEARING THE PROTESTERS
AN ABUSE OF POWER?
YOU DON’T HAVE ANY COMMENT ON
WHAT HAPPENED AT THE WHITE HOUSE
LAST NIGHT?
>> THE WHAT?
>> THE GASSING OF --
>> I WANT WATCH THAT ENOUGH TO
KNOW WHAT HAPPENED.
>> I DID NOT THINK THAT WHAT WE
SAW LAST NIGHT WAS THE AMERICAN
WAY.
>> SO, ALEXI, JUST A LITTLE LIST
HERE.
KENTUCKY, WISCONSIN, KANSAS,
FLORIDA, UTAH, ALASKA, THE
VOTERS ALL THERE.
IT’S THEIR BUSINESS BECAUSE THEY
SENT ALL THOSE SENATORS TO
WASHINGTON.
IS THAT ANSWER AND/OR THE LACK
OF AN ANSWER ENTIRELY GOING TO
BE COOL WITH THE ELECTORATE
GOING FORWARD?
>> WE HEARD THE REFRAIN TIME AND
AGAIN IN THIS MOMENT THAT, YOU
KNOW, IF YOU’RE SILENT, YOU’RE
ON THE SIDE OF THE OPPRESSOR.
THAT DIDN’T JUST APPLY TO WHAT’S
HAPPENING WITH GEORGE FLOYD.
THAT APPLIES TO WHAT THE
PRESIDENT IS DOING TO THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE, WHAT HE IS
SAYING TO THE AMERICAN PEOPLE,
AND HOW THE FOLK WHO’S ARE
WORKING UNDER HIM ARE TREATING
THE AMERICAN PEOPLE WHO ARE
EXERCISING THEIR FIRST AMENDMENT
RIGHTS.
IT’S NOT JUST THE SILENCE FROM
REPUBLICAN ALLIES AND SENATORS
ON THE HILL WHEN IT COMES TO
THIS, BRIAN.
IT’S THE WORDS THAT ARE COMING
FROM THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN, WHO ARE
ASKING JOURNALISTS TO RETRACT
AND CORRECT THEIR STORIES THAT
PUT THE FACTUAL INFORMATION OUT
THERE THAT PROTESTERS, AS YOU
MENTIONED, YOUR COLLEAGUES,
GARRETT HAAKE, YAMICHE ALCINDOR
AT PBS AND OTHERS WERE
TEARGASSED THEMSELVES YESTERDAY
WHILE COVERING THIS.
BUT THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN IS GOING
SO FAR AS TO LITERALLY TRY TO
GASLIGHT US INTO SAYING THAT WE
SHOULD RETRACT AND CORRECT THESE
STORIES BECAUSE IT SIMPLY WAS
NOT TRUE.
THAT PLUS REPUBLICAN SENATORS
BEING SILENT ON THIS ENTIRE
ISSUE IS SOMETHING THAT VOTERS
ARE WATCHING UNFOLD IN REAL
TIME, AND IT’S SOMETHING THAT IS
NOT SITTING WELL WITH THE
AMERICAN PEOPLE.
POLLS SHOW TIME AND AGAIN THAT A
MAJORITY OF AMERICANS THINK THAT
NOT JUST THE ANGER BEHIND THE
PROTESTS BUT THE MANIFESTATION
OF THE PROTESTS ARE JUSTIFIED

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