There’s no question there are a lot of reporters, especially those in and around the Beltway, who are experiencing heartbreak tonight after the Inspector General report released earlier today vindicated former President Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr of media-driven allegations they had Lafayette Park protesters forcibly cleared and “tear-gassed” on June 1, 2020 so Trump could partake in a “photo op” by walking from the White House to the historic St. John’s Church the night after Antifa/BLM-led rioters set fire to it.
To quickly recap, per the report, “the evidence we reviewed showed that the USPP cleared the park to allow the contractor to safely install the antiscale fencing in response to destruction of property and injury to officers occurring on May 30 and 31. Further, the evidence showed that the USPP did not know about the President’s potential movement until mid- to late afternoon on June 1—hours after it had begun developing its operational plan and the fencing contractor had arrived in the park.”
Among the reporters most heartbroken by the news were NBC News’ anchor Chuck Todd and network correspondent Ken Dilanian (known in some circles as “Fusion Ken” for reasons explained here), both of who appeared to be shell-shocked at the news and at times confused by the findings.
The first clip below is mainly a flabbergasted Dilanian explaining to what you’ll soon hear and see was an agitated Todd that it was a “really surprising finding from the Inspector General of the Interior Department” and later admitting that “the narrative we thought we knew is not the reality.” Watch:
WATCH the pure pain and disappoint as NBC’s Ken Dilanian has to admit that the decision by Park Police to clear LaFayette Square of BLM protesters on June 1, 2020 was *NOT* so Trump could go to St. John’s: “A narrative we thought we knew is not the reality.” (1/) pic.twitter.com/KWtp4O5Aet
— Curtis Houck (@CurtisHouck) June 9, 2021
In the second clip, we get more from Todd, where you’ll notice he still refers to Trump’s actions as a “photo op” (as does the chyron).
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