Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) yesterday accused President Trump of teargassing peaceful protesters in a statement saying:
I want to be super clear about what happened tonight in Washington:
The President of the United States deployed tear-gas, rubber bullets and military personnel on peaceful protesters so that he could cross the street for a photo op.
There is no excuse.
The Pennsylvania Chronicle was unable to find any evidence to support Casey’s claim Trump was involved as Casey suggests. Casey’s statement does not speak to decisions made by commanders on the ground or the failure of protesters to heed the directives of authorities leading to the confrontation.
Editors note: The Pennsylvania Chronicle avoids bias in reporting. This is a tough one because of Senator Casey’s allegation. He gives no evidence of presidential involvement in the incident directing any action taken. Casey does not address any reason for rubber bullets, tear gas, etc being used and does not address any warning to protesters to leave the area before any of the tactics employed happened. Protesters not leaving the area, itself, would not suggest they are “peaceful” after being given a lawful order to leave as they would be acting outside the law. Casey also does not suggest the actions he complains of came without warning.
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