The first GOP Senator just broke with Trump over St. John’s church photo saying he obviously shouldn’t have done it.
At issue is whether the proper amount of force was used to clear a path for President Trump to reclaim the church the looters tried to burn the night before.
Some are not even sure who fired the flash grenades into the crowd to get them moving. The left erupted in a rage over the move but most on the right saw it is a long time coming.
Apparently Senator Tim Scott agrees with Biden. From Politico:
Sen. Tim Scott said Tuesday that protesters in Lafayette Square should not have been cleared with tear gas and rubber bullets to accommodate President Donald Trump’s visit to a historic church, a rebuke of the president by the only black Republican in the Senate.
In an interview with POLITICO chief economic correspondent Ben White, Scott (R-S.C.) said he did not think Trump’s visit to St. John’s Church — the “church of the presidents” — was helpful and it was not something he would have done.
“But obviously, if your question is, should you use tear gas to clear a path so the president can go have a photo-op, the answer is no,” Scott said, while noting he did not personally see the incident…
… “The crisis is decades of abuse within the minority communities at the hands of a minority of law enforcement officers,” Scott said. “If there is any place on earth on where abuse of power matters the most for a civil society, it’s within law enforcement.”
The South Carolina Republican also praised the work of the National Guard and supported Trump’s push for order on the streets of cities across the U.S.
“Order is necessary for us to actually have the conversation about Mr. Floyd,” Scott said.
While the president has described rioters as “thugs,” Scott expressed understanding for the pain that some Americans have felt in the wake of Floyd’s death.
“When you have dads and moms crying about their kids’ safety, and nothing has happened yet, it just tells you the level of pain and agony that is being stuffed down so far in the soul, that sooner or later, it leads some place toxic,” Scott said. “We have to be willing to have a raw conversation about justice in this nation.”