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‘Cowardly’ Trump blasted by Pelosi and Schumer for tear-gassing peaceful protesters: ‘Our nation needs real leadership’

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Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer (Photo: Screen capture)

The leader of the free world was harshly criticized by the top Democrats on Capitol Hill for tear-gassing protesters so he could hold a photo-op.

“Across our country, Americans are protesting for an end to the pattern of racial injustice and brutality we saw most recently in the murder of George Floyd,” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said in a joint-statement on Monday.

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“Yet, at a time when our country cries out for unification, this President is ripping it apart. Tear-gassing peaceful protestors without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us,” they charged.

“We call upon the President, law enforcement and all entrusted with responsibility to respect the dignity and rights of all Americans. Together, we must insist on the truth that America must do much more to live up to its promise: the promise of liberty and justice for all, which so many have sacrificed for – from Dr. King to John Lewis to peaceful protestors on the streets today,” they continued.

“At this challenging time, our nation needs real leadership. The President’s continued fanning of the flames of discord, bigotry and violence is cowardly, weak and dangerous,” they charged.

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