A year ago last week, the mainstream media went absolutely nuts after so-called “peaceful protesters” were forcefully “cleared” from Lafayette Park in Washington, D.C.
The way reporters framed the story at the time, Trump and Attorney General Bill Barr used federal resources to order the clearing and had demonstrators “gassed” to get them out of the way so Trump could be seen in photos walking from the White House to the charred scene of historic St. John’s Church after BLM-led rioters set it on fire the night before.
Congressional hearings have been held on the matter and numerous lawsuits have been filed. But an IG report just released today found that the park was not in fact cleared for any supposed photo-op, vindicating Trump and Barr:
The evidence we obtained did not support a finding that the USPP [U.S. Park Police] cleared the park to allow the President to survey the damage and walk to St. John’s Church. Instead, 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.
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, who sent CNN’s Jim Acosta to the burn ward last year during a heated exchange on this very topic, was quick to highlight the news:
Here we go again!
Episode 100 in “the press was wrong, Trump was right!”
I said this from the podium endlessly. But only now do they finally report the truth: “Police did not clear Lafayette Park area so Trump could hold ‘Bible’ photo op: Watchdog”https://t.co/ggpy6rYVtw
— Kayleigh McEnany (@kayleighmcenany) June
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