A Lie Can Travel Halfway Around the World While the Truth Is Putting On Its Shoes (from => https://quoteinvestigator.com/2014/07/13/truth/amp/)

Generally I don’t do many factchecking posts anymore. The news media has lost credibility because they tell so many lies no one can keep up. So why this post? In this case the lie is just too blatant to ignore.

The election in November will be a contest between truth and disinformation. That is, will the people who are trying to tell us the truth win, or will the liars win by deliberately deceiving us.

So what exactly are we factchecking? Did Trump order Layfette Square cleared of peaceful protestors with tear gas and rubber bullets just so he could do a photo-op?

First a little background. St. John’s Episcopal Church is one of the buildings around Layfette Square.

Arson, looting and fires were reported around the White House as protests over the death of George Floyd raged for the third straight day in Washington, D.C. St. John’s Church, the historic Episcopalian building also known as the “Church of the Presidents,” was set on fire by protesters late Sunday evening (May 31).

Multiple fires were reported at Lafayette Square; one car was reportedly set on fire in the same area while two Target stores were broken into.

The flag at St. John’s Church was reportedly torn during the protests as multiple fires raged across the district. As many as 1,000 protesters gathered outside the church faced off against with officers in riot gear.

The fire at St. John’s Church was reportedly started in the basement by the protesters, D.C. fire officials said. The blaze was extinguished and the sanctuary does not appear to be damaged based on images. (continued here (ibtimes.com))

Since the White House is also next to Layfette Square, this situation could not be allowed to continued. In fact, as this article shows, the peaceful protestors were causing the Secret Service problems. At least 60 Secret Service members injured during George Floyd protests in DC (foxnews.com).

So, what happened when Layfette Square was cleared of “peaceful protestors”?

The Lie

Supposedly, President Trump had Layfette Square brutally cleared of peaceful demonstrators with tear gas and rubber bullets. Here are some examples.

Yahoo News (a random Liberal Democrat news source)

If the curfews and crackdowns were meant to lower the intensity of the protests in the wake of George Floyd’s death, they’ve had the opposite effect in the U.S. capital. A day after the White House deployed federal forces to clear out protesters so President Donald Trump could walk to a nearby church for a photo op, roughly twice the number of demonstrators had reconvened by the early afternoon in Lafayette Square — not on it, because a high fence had been erected around it —than had been there the day before.

Many said Trump’s political theater and the brutal treatment of peaceful protesters the previous day was just the latest in a long pattern of action by the President that was uniting them in their cause. (from here (news.yahoo.com))

Senator Chuck Schumer (a random Liberal Democrat politician)

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., on Tuesday blocked each other’s resolutions — one to condemn President Trump for his visit to St. John’s Church after federal law-enforcement officers in riot gear cleared protesters in Lafayette Square a day earlier, and one calling for peace and order.

“Congress condemns the president of the United States for ordering federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets against the Americans who were peaceably protesting in Lafayette Square,” the Schumer resolution read.

At the same time, Schumer blocked a resolution introduced by McConnell calling for order to be restored so that “the legitimate grievances of peaceful protesters may be heard and considered.” (continued here (foxnews.com))

The New York Times (another random Liberal Democrat news source)

In Lafayette Square, one of the visiting priests attending to St. John’s was sprayed with tear gas as she tried to help scared demonstrators leave the area, said Bishop Budde, who was not at the church when Mr. Trump visited.

Bishop Budde denounced the way the president held up a Bible during his visit, a move she interpreted as a political prop.

“The Bible is not an American document,” she said. “It’s not an expression of our country. It’s an expression of the human struggle to serve and love and know God.” (from here (nytimes.com))

NPR (another random Liberal Democrat news source)

The plaza between St. John’s Church and Lafayette Park was full of people nonviolently protesting police brutality late Monday afternoon when U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops, with the use of tear gas, suddenly started pushing them away for no apparent reason.

And then it became clear.

President Trump wanted to walk from the White House through the park to the Episcopal church. Camera crews scrambled to keep up with him as he strode through the park, followed by his daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner, along with Attorney General William Barr and other administration officials. (continued here (npr.org))


The Truth?

Consider this statement: Statement from United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan about the actions taken over the weekend to protect life and property. Here is how it begins.

The United States Park Police (USPP) is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights. However, this past weekend’s demonstrations at Lafayette Park and across the National Mall included activities that were not part of a peaceful protest, which resulted in injuries to USPP officers in the line of duty, the destruction of public property and the defacing of memorials and monuments. During four days of demonstrations, 51 members of the USPP were injured; of those, 11 were transported to the hospital and released and three were admitted.

Multiple agencies assisted the USPP in responding to and quelling the acts of destruction and violence over the course of the weekend in order to protect citizens and property.

On Monday, June 1, the USPP worked with the United States Secret Service to have temporary fencing installed inside Lafayette Park.  At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids. The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior. Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.

To curtail the violence that was underway, the USPP, following established policy, issued three warnings over a loudspeaker to alert demonstrators on H Street to evacuate the area. Horse mounted patrol, Civil Disturbance Units and additional personnel were used to clear the area. As many of the protestors became more combative, continued to throw projectiles, and attempted to grab officers’ weapons, officers then employed the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls. No tear gas was used by USPP officers or other assisting law enforcement partners to close the area at Lafayette Park. Subsequently, the fence was installed. (continued here (nps.gov))

Other Views 


  1. Since the subject is fake news.
    And people cared a lot about this very recently.
    But their cognitive dissonance is so strong they probably don’t remember.
    Just another thing they were wrong about.

  2. Tom, Doug,

    Perhaps we need discernment on the issue of the riots. For example, the core of the issue is related to racism.

    Racism differs from anarchy and looting innocent victims.

    Anyone who spends the time to discern the Bible message understands the differences between standing up to confront injustice.

    If Interested,

    Read this link titled, Learn to Discern


    We need to discern the truth which has been an issue for everyone for over 3000 years as evidenced in this proverb.

    Get the truth and never sell it; also get wisdom, discipline, and good judgment. (Proverb 23:23)
    We all are aware the press is selling us information. What we need to discern is why we are being sold falsehoods and who is benefiting by spreading falsehoods.

    For example, read my post today titled Cats Paws Riots, and ask yourself if the issue of racism is being used for profit.

    Sad in my opinion.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

  3. There is so much misinformation and just plain downright lying on every event now it seems, i’s no wonder we are in complete chaos. Coronavirus? What Coronavirus? That was so last week…..

        1. @Tricia

          Our Attorney General once blackfaced himself too, and our Lieutenant Governor has had two women accuse him credibly of rape. The news media does not care, and the state’s Democratic Party let it blow over. Given the standard for Republicans, hypocrisy doesn’t accurately describe it.

  4. You’re missing the entire point, Tom. Fact.. from the White House.. Trump was incensed about press reporting him being sequestered to the White House bunker as if he were running away and cowering in some basement, implying cowardice. Also, the polls are showing a double-digit drop in evangelicals liking what he is or has been doing. So he comes up with the idea to walk across a portion of the demonstration area from the White House to stand in front of the boarded up Episcopal church.. for some odd photo op of him holding up a Bible.

    Barr shows up in advance to check out the clearing a path through the demonstrators. Since then he admits he was the one who gave the order to clear the area.

    No one was hurt in the action… and to be honest, if a president is walking by it’s policy to clear the way to assure personal security for the President.
    This is yet yet another illustration/example that just because Trump says he can “because he’s President” does not mean he SHOULD. It was an extraordinarily bungled attempt to try and make him look good… and if anyone fell for any of this they are equally stripped of any sort of moral compass.
    If anything.. a president strolling out into a demonstration area is not in the least suggesting to anyone that he is some sort of “Patton”.

    Trump is NOT any sort of a church-goer nor any sort of outwardly religious personage.. so the awkward and ridiculous imagery of him standing in front of a boarded up church holding a Bible (not his by open admission) and thinking somehow that makes America unite and feel safe, it’s obvious he’s not listened to his aids. Now not only is he a laughing stock of the world (yet again) but he’s offended the people he’s wanted to impress by using the church backdrop and the Bible as photo op props… just like he uses the flag as a prop when he disrespects it by hugging it.
    You should be ashamed if you endorse any of this in some religious affirmation. This is entirely on him.
    But.. again… he will continue to do strange and crazy things in the months ahead… and each one distances himself further from a 2020 win, as if he’s not already history.

      1. Or.. maybe it’s YOU who is being lied to.
        Here’s the thing… you WANT him to be right. I don’t WANT him to be wrong.

        1. @Doug

          I don’t think everything is all about Trump. Christians pray for their leaders because God is our true sovereign. Presidents come, and Presidents go. God remains unchanged. Right and wrong is established by God, not a president.

          1. Well of course… God defines right/wrong according to His will… but man defines right/wrong according to an interpretation of God’s will. Trump is but another man… like any of us. He answers only to God… but on Earth he answers to our vote because we have singled him out as an elected leader of men.. and women. He has failed to be a moral leader… but he has proven a moral leader is not required for the job he has. You are correct, Tom.. it’s not about Trump. It’s about the Constitution… which will prevail.

          2. @Doug

            Read the Bible, and stop expecting some great person to save you. Also, stop expecting the news media to tell you the truth.

            Did you know that a Senate committee interviewed Rod Rosenstein yesterday?

          3. @Doug

            Have you noticed CNN hired a good percentage of the folks who stirred up the Mueller investigation. Going to CNN for factchecking Rosenstein’s testimony is pathetic.

        2. I don’t WANT him to be wrong.

          Doug, you need a trigger warning before saying something like that.
          If I had been drinking water it all would’ve shot through my nose.

          1. @Doug

            Made up news.

            Why would an ugly woman wear a bikini? She wants attention.

            They are always people who want attention. Some are politicians. They run to the front of whichever way they see the mob heading.

            Some are exhibitionists. These take their clothes off in front of the unsuspecting. Others make displays of themselves with nasty looking weapons, and outfits like CNN call that news.

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