On Tuesday, the Trump campaign issued a statement demanding that the media “correct or retract” the reports that peaceful protesters were tear gassed in front of the White House — citing claims from the U.S. Park Police that the substance used to forcibly disperse the crowd was not tear gas.
This demand did not go over well on social media, with commenters siding with journalists over the official reports — and others asking what the point is for the White House to dispute the type of substance they sprayed at peaceful protesters.
We didn’t see what we saw live on TV. Ah! Ok, right.
— J.G. Ebra (@FruitComet) June 2, 2020
The statement says they used Pepper balls thrown into the crowd (causing the same effects as tear gas) – how would the average person know what substance was used. @TeamTrump should be ashamed calling for retractions
— imawookiee2 (@darylwolke) June 2, 2020
Why is the Trump re-election committee now officially speaking for the Executive Branch of Government?
— ⭐️ Merrill – sheltering at home ⭐️ (@MerrillLynched) June 2, 2020
Additional account from priest there.https://t.co/GMmpBAiAQL
— Stuff About Hockey™ (@_hockeyStuff) June 2, 2020
— Emily (@SunBecoming462) June 2, 2020
— WinkProgress.com (@WinkProgress) June 2, 2020
Not to mention the priest who was stood pretty much where he posed, who gave fist hand testimony about teargas. ‘Fake news’ might fly, but ‘Fake priest’ feels like an own goal
— Infospectives (@TrialByTruth) June 2, 2020
HELLO TWITTER. This is all semantics.
Trump had them use Pepper Balls on the protesters. Not tear gas. They both have the same effect on your body.
Basically, It looks better to say we used Pepper Balls on the protesters then Tear Gas.
Don’t fall this word play.
— Big Loser99 (@Bigloser99) June 2, 2020