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Senate Blocks Resolution Condemning Trump Over Treatment of Protesters

Senate Republicans blocked a Democratic resolution on Tuesday that would have condemned President Donald Trump for the alleged use of gas and rubber bullets against protesters near the White House.

The resolution (pdf) would have affirmed the constitutional rights of Americans to peaceably assemble and exercise freedom of speech. It also would have condemned Trump “for ordering federal officers to use gas and rubber bullets against the Americans who were peaceably protesting in Lafayette Square in Washington, D.C. on the night of June 1, 2020, thereby violating the constitutional rights of those peaceful protesters.”

“If a senator objects, they should be asked if they believe Americans do not have the constitutional right to exercise the freedom of speech … Do they support the presidents use of tear gas against people, including families, who are peacefully protesting in a public park?” Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer said, according to The Hill.

However, the resolution was blocked by Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), who said the resolution “just indulges in a myopic obsession with President Trump that has come to define the Democratic side,” according to The New York Times.

McConnell then offered his own resolution that condemned racial injustice and riots and called for order to be restored so that “the legitimate grievances of peaceful protesters may be heard and considered,” which was blocked by Schumer.

Chuck Schumer speaks to press
U.S. Senate Minority Leader Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) speaks to members of the press during a news briefing at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on May 12, 2020. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

The McConnell resolution stated that the United States “cannot fully realize the constitutional promise of equal protection and equal justice under the law until unjust police violence against black Americans has been further addressed.” At the same time, it asserted that Americans had no constitutional right to loot, burn, or attack police officers, Fox News reported.

Numerous reports have claimed police used tear gas and rubber bullets to quell protesters in Lafayette Square on Monday. However, United States Park Police Acting Chief Gregory Monahan said in a statement issued June 2 that this was in fact not the case.

“This past weekends 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,” Monahan said.

“Multiple agencies assisted the USPP in responding to and quelling the acts of destruction and violence over the course of the weekend in orRead More From Source

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