White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnanyÂ on Wednesday likened President Donald Trumpâ€™s church photo-op stunt to the symbolic images of former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill inspecting the rubble of buildings bombed during World War II.
Peaceful protestersÂ were on Monday cleared from around St. Johnâ€™s Episcopal Church, near the White House, by federal authorities using tear gas so Trump could pose with a Bible as a purported show of strength amid the protests that have erupted following the death of George Floyd.
McEnany claimed during a White House briefing Wednesday that Trump had â€œwanted to send a very powerful message that we will not be overcome by looting, by rioting, by burning, this is not what defines Americaâ€ and that the stunt wasÂ â€œa very important momentâ€ to show â€œresilience,â€ as other presidents and world leaders have previously done.
â€œLike Churchill, we saw him inspecting the bombing damage, it sent a powerful message of leadership to the British people,â€ she claimed.Â
(Check out the full video of McEnanyâ€™s comments above).
Cooper acknowledged Trump and Churchill were both children of privilege who led their respective countries.
But, for the host of â€œAnderson Cooper 360,â€ there the likeness ended.
Cooper noted how Churchill saw combat, was a prisoner of war, wrote books and â€œone of the greatest orators in modern times.â€
â€œBurned out church, a Bible in his hand, the country divided, and he couldnâ€™t think of anything to say except to ask a bunch of other white guys to stand around him and just take a picture.â€
Check out Cooperâ€™s monologue here:
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