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White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany fact-checked CNN chief White House correspondent Jim Acosta this Wednesday after he spewed a blatant lie at her.
The lie was the fallacious and already debunked claim that the Trump administration had “gassed and pummeled protesters” prior to President Donald Trump’s “powerful” walk to St. John’s Church earlier this week.
To make matters worse, he spewed the lie while referencing deceased civil rights hero and legend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Kayleigh, you mentioned Dr. King. He likely would not have approved of what took place on Monday evening across from the White House as you probably know,” Acosta said.
“If the White House president and his team had to do it all over again, would you have gassed and pummeled protesters to clear the park so the president could have a photo op?”
Watch McEnany fact-check him below (disable your adblocker if the video doesn’t appear):
What actually happened was that, in response to “protesters” hurling projectiles at the authorities while demonstrating at Lafayette Square, the U.S. Park Police issued three warnings. After the “protesters” failed to heed them, the Park Police used smoke canisters and pepper balls to stop the attacks and move the “protesters” elsewhere.
All this happened before the president even began his reportedly spontaneous walk to St. John’s Church, which is located in Lafayette Square.
Moreover, according to McEnany, the USPP had been planning to relocate the “protesters” elsewhere since early that morning.
“First, I would note that these protests that were going on, in the morning, [Attorney General] Barr had determined that we needed to expand the perimeter by one block on each side,” she tried to explain to Acosta, who’s known for his stubbornness.
“He was surprised, AG Barr, when he arrived at the White House, to see that that perimeter had not been moved. So, we said that we needed to get going with moving that perimeter. He told the officers that were out there. That was the late afternoon, so that decision was made in the morning, first of all.”
The decision to relocate the perimeter was based on what had happened the night earlier, when so-called “protesters” tried to burn down St. John’s Church.
Regardless, when the “protesters” began acting out again later Monday afternoon, USPP authorities decided to go ahead and make the move then and there.
“The protesters were told three times over a loudspeaker that they needed to move and what happened was it grew increasingly unruly,” McEnany concluded. “There were projectiles being thrown at officers. Frozen water bottles were being thrown at officers, various other projectiles.”
“The officers had no other choice than, in that moment, to act and make sure that they were safe and that the perimeter was pushed back. Because as we all know, a church was burning in that very area the night before, so the appropriate action was taken.”
Acosta remained unconvinced, though everything that McEnany pointed out had already been confirmed in a statement by USPP chief Gregory T. Monahan a day earlier.
Statement from United States Park Police acting Chief Gregory T. Monahan about the actions taken over the weekend to protect life and propertyhttps://t.co/RK8xrRapoq
— USPPNEWS (@usparkpolicepio) June 2, 2020
Except that the full story is even more disturbing.
“At approximately 6:33 pm, violent protestors on H Street NW began throwing projectiles including bricks, frozen water bottles and caustic liquids,” Monahan’s statement reads. “The protestors also climbed onto a historic building at the north end of Lafayette Park that was destroyed by arson days prior.”
“Intelligence had revealed calls for violence against the police, and officers found caches of glass bottles, baseball bats and metal poles hidden along the street.”
These are the people whom Acosta and nearly every other left-wing figure in mainstream society have been relentlessly defending and bailing out of jail.
“To curtail the violence that was underway, the USPP, following established policy, issued three warnings over a loudspeaker to alert demonstrators on H Street to evacuate the area,” Monahan’s statement continues. “Horse mounted patrol, Civil Disturbance Units and additional personnel were used to clear the area.”
“As many of the protestors became more combative, continued to throw projectiles, and attempted to grab officers’ weapons, officers then employed the use of smoke canisters and pepper balls. No tear gas was used by USPP officers or other assisting law enforcement partners to close the area at Lafayette Park. Subsequently, the fence was installed.”
These are the facts, though the facts are being completely ignored by congressional Democrats, mainstream media outlets and even Wikipedia:
Does the truth even matter anymore?
“It’s said that a lie can get halfway around the world before the truth can get its pants on. This tear gas lie is proof of that,” Trump 2020 campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh reportedly said in a statement after the release of Monahan’s statement.
“For nearly an entire day, the whole of the press corps frantically reported the ‘news’ of a tear gas attack on ‘peaceful’ protesters in Lafayette Park, with no evidence to support such claims. We now know through the U.S. Park Police that neither they, nor any of their law enforcement partners, used tear gas to quell rising violence.”
Yet “journalists” like Acosta continue to peddle the tear gas lie, as does Wikipedia. So again, does the truth even matter anymore?