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McConnell Blocks Resolution Blasting Trump's Treatment Of Protesters

Chuck Schumer slammed Trump's "unconstitutional order," which led to officers using tear gas and rubber bullets on protesters.
US Park Police stand watch inside Lafayette Square near the White House in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020 as demonstrators protest the death of George Floyd. - Police fired tear gas outside the White House late Sunday as anti-racism protestors again took to the streets to voice fury at police brutality, and major US cities were put under curfew to suppress rioting.With the Trump administration branding instigators of six nights of rioting as domestic terrorists, there were more confrontations between protestors and police and fresh outbreaks of looting. Local US leaders appealed to citizens to give constructive outlet to their rage over the death of an unarmed black man in Minneapolis, while night-time curfews were imposed in cities including Washington, Los Angeles and Houston. (Photo by Olivier DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images) OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images
By Breanna Edwards · June 3, 2020

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell blocked a resolution seeking to condemn Donald Trump after federal officers used tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters in order to clear Lafayette Square, near the White House.

According to the Hill, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer introduced the legislation via unanimous consent, giving one senator the power to block it, while issuing a challenge.

“If a senator objects, they should be asked if they believe Americans do not have the constitutional right to exercise the freedom of speech. … Do they support the president’s use of tear gas against people, including families, who are peacefully protesting in a public park?” Schumer said.

Trump drew wide-spread anger when the park was cleared just so he could visit St. John’s Church.

Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington slammed Trump for the action.

“…He sanctioned the use of tear gas by police officers in riot gear to clear the churchyard. I am outraged,” the bishop said earlier this week.

WASHINGTON, USA – MAY 30: Police intervene demonstrators during a protest over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed black man who died after being pinned down by a white police officer in Washington, United States on May 31, 2020. (Photo by Yasin Ozturk/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

McConnell however claimed that the resolution did nothing to address the racial injustice in the country or end the unrest.

“It pays more attention to the precise ways that federal law enforcement affects presidential movement around the White House instead of cities that have been consumed by rioting, looting and violence against police for several nights in a row,” he said.

“There’s no universe where Americans think Democrats’ obsession with condemning President Trump is [a] more urgent priority than ending the riots or advancing racial justice,” McConnell claimed.

Then, McConnell introduced his own resolution which called for “order [to] be immediately restored to the cities of the United States so that citizens may have peace and the legitimate grievances of peaceful protestors may be heard and considered.”

That resolution did not address the treatment of protesters, and Schumer blocked it, calling it “insufficient” according to the Hill.