His all-consuming vanity stung by public knowledge that he had spent two nights huddled in the White House bunker with the lights turned off, Donald Trump decided to show the nation what a tough guy he was on Monday by … walking across the street. On Monday afternoon, thousands of peaceful protesters outside the White House were surprised when, without warning, they were struck by a sudden barrage of rubber bullets, flash-bang grenades, and tear gas. As protesters reeled from that assault, hundreds of federal police and National Guard forces, including troops mounted on horseback, drove into the protesters pushing them away from the area. All of this was done so that Donald Trump could cross the street and wave a bible. At a church where he was not invited.
Trump’s demonstration that he was willing to put lives at risk to ease the slightest wound to his ego grew even more transparent on Monday evening as it developed that some of those people who were driven away from the church … were the priests. In harrowing accounts, those priests recounted how both clergy and layworkers at the church were working and speaking with a medical team from Black Lives Matter when Trump’s assault began. And those priests recount how Trump’s federal troops seized the church, drove away those who belonged there, and staged an assault on religion that was far more than a metaphor.