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‘Antithetical to everything we stand for’: Episcopal bishop ‘outraged’ police tear-gassed protesters so Trump could use ‘our church as a prop’

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Donald Trump posing with a Bible in front of St. John's church (screengrab)

The bishop who oversees the Washington, DC church that Donald Trump visited following his speech on Monday admonished the president for using a place of worship as a “prop,” noting the police deployed tear gas against peaceful protestors to clear a path for Trump’s walk from the White House to St. John’s Church.

As Washington Post’s Michelle Boorstein reports, Bishop Mariann Budde said she is “outraged” and had no idea the White House “would be clearing with tear gas” in order to use the church for Trump’s photo op.

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“That they would be clearing with tear gas so they could use one of our churches as a prop, holding a bible — one that declares that God is love and when everything he has said and done is to enflame violence,” Budde said. “I am beyond.”

“We need moral leadership and he’s done everything to divide us and has just used one of the most sacred symbols of the Judeo-Christian tradition,” the bishop continued.

Budde later spoke with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, insisting Trump’s actions were “antithetical to everything we stand for.”

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‘Letting it rip’: Trump now all-in on ‘herd immunity’ say top health officials – and experts warn half-million more Americans may die

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President Donald Trump and his White House advisers are now fully-embracing the debunked concept of "herd immunity" as a means to approach the coronavirus pandemic. And while Trump, White House officials, and even Dr. Scott Atlas, the Fox News radiologist who brought the concept to the president, all deny herd immunity is their new policy, senior health officials working with the coronavirus task force say Trump and his advisors are all in.

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Former Donald Trump staffer says conservative media ‘brainwashed’ her into hating Democrats

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On CNN Wednesday, Jessica Denson, the former coordinator of the Trump 2016 campaign's Hispanic outreach who starred in a recent ad for Joe Biden, opened up about how she was taken in by the Trump campaign — and why he must be defeated.

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