Trump Mocked for Claiming He Went Down to the White House Bunker for 'an Inspection' for a 'Short Period of Time'
Uprisings occurred across the nation this week in response to the murder of George Floyd, an unarmed Black man in Minnesota, by police.
Numerous demonstrators protested in front of the White House last weekend as the anger at Floyd's murder reached a boiling point. Given the state of national unrest and the destruction in the capital city, the President reportedly took refuge in the White House bunker with the first lady and their son, out of fear for the protestors.
The mockery was swift, and in response to the coverage, White House sources said the President's dismay at the coverage is what led him to forcefully clear out peaceful protestors in order to take a photo in front of Saint John's Episcopal Church.
On Wednesday, in a Fox News radio interview with Brian Kilmeade, the President attempted to dismiss the coverage of him hiding in the bunker.
Trump says he went to the White House bunker for inspection:
“It was a false report. I wasn't down— I went down during the day and I was there for a tiny, little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection…I've gone down two or three times, all for inspection." pic.twitter.com/RFPi4aAsfX
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) June 3, 2020
Responding to the coverage, Trump said:
"It was a false report...I went down during the day, and I was there for a tiny, little short period of time, and it was much more for an inspection. There was no problem during the day."
He continued to say that he only goes down to the bunker for an inspection and only during the day.
"There was never a problem. We never had a problem. Nobody ever came close to giving us a problem."
The President went on to say that he's been to the bunker "two and a half" times.
It may not come as a surprise to learn that people don't believe him.
Trump just claimed on Fox radio he went to the underground bunker "for an inspection." He claims he was there "duri… https://t.co/aA8TchidPu— Jeremy Diamond (@Jeremy Diamond) 1591191835.0
@JohnJHarwood @jwgop Civil rights protesters show up at the White House fence. Trump: “Unrelated to this situatio… https://t.co/oAbj4vWscK— Mike Dorsey 😷 (@Mike Dorsey 😷) 1591192753.0
@RiegerReport https://t.co/4LPBxUC0A9— brent fortune (@brent fortune) 1591196762.0
@RiegerReport I like how he later clarifies that it was 2.5 times. No Trump math does not work that way. Two or th… https://t.co/hDFT4CB6r6— frank martin (@frank martin) 1591194604.0
@JohnJHarwood I'm legit curious if this lie will be even too much for his Fox News propagandists to repeat.— Pé (@Pé) 1591194346.0
Hey @realDonaldTrump, you've been in the White House over 3 yrs and you're just now inspecting the bunker?! Anothe… https://t.co/CLqntnlNPc— Alex Cole (@Alex Cole) 1591196277.0
Despite Trump's claims, the bunker infamy isn't going anywhere.
he will never get over the hiding in the bunker narrative it will taunt him forever— darth™ (@darth™) 1591192278.0
whenever trump pops up in public, if he ever does and theyre not shooting at you, please do a "bunker" chant at him… https://t.co/c8uJX8PRGQ— Oliver Willis (@Oliver Willis) 1591141477.0
@realDonaldTrump Trump is watching election returns from his Bunker and sees the downfall of his presidency and all… https://t.co/74WFw6w8HO— Darryl Silver (@Darryl Silver) 1591158650.0