MSNBC Reporter Asked GOP Senators to React to Trump's Forceful Removal of Protestors and It Did Not Go Well
Republicans in Congress have been routinely criticized by Americans across the country for an apparent unwillingness to hold President Donald Trump accountable for his actions.
Even Republicans like Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC)—who spent the 2016 campaign speaking out against Trump's bigotry—has now become one of Trump's most vocal defenders.
On Monday, hundreds appeared in front of the White House to protest the murder of George Floyd by police. It was one of many uprisings across the country.
To counter the unrest, the President decided to take a picture with a bible in front of the historic Saint John's Episcopal Church. In order to do so, he had peaceful protestors tear gassed to clear a path.
His actions were met with outrage, except from Republican lawmakers, who were asked by CNN's Kasie Hunt about the forceful removal of protestors for a photo-op.
Their answers were...interesting.
Kasie Hunt asks Republican senators what they thought of the President having peaceful protestors gassed and dispersed for a photo op pic.twitter.com/MGy60CFvLV
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) June 2, 2020
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) ignored Collins's questions.
Senator Rick Scott (R-FL) said:
"I wasn't there, so I didn't see exactly what happened."
Others, like Senator Ron Johnson (R-WI) and Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) gave similar responses.
People weren't happy with the Senators' evasiveness.
The @GOP has their festering, ingrained racism on full display now. They lost any moral high ground generations ago, if they ever had it.
— Padraig 🏡 (@patrickmkcirtap) June 2, 2020
@Acyn @svdate Alternate headline: American Klansmen have no comment on Grand Wizard’s activities.— Dreams In Green (@Dreams In Green)1591123784.0
@Acyn They cannot even stand up to defend fellow Americans and their rights.— marybl (@marybl)1591125237.0
Senate Republicans' dismissals continued throughout the day.
Sen. Mike Enzi, R-Wyo.: “Sorry, I’m late for lunch.”— Kasie Hunt (@Kasie Hunt)1591117779.0
Sen. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., walks by without saying anything.— Kasie Hunt (@Kasie Hunt)1591117823.0
Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska: Walks by with no response.— Kasie Hunt (@Kasie Hunt)1591118119.0
The reactions were much the same.
@MSNBC Complicit.— Christopher Johns (@Christopher Johns)1591141313.0
@MSNBC Cowards— Andrew Malekoff (@Andrew Malekoff)1591141415.0
@MSNBC Sergeant Schultz has officially replaced the elephant as the symbol of the Republican Party in the age of Tr… https://t.co/xo5zRP62AI— Lawrence Burns (@Lawrence Burns)1591141531.0
Some of these Senators are up for reelection this November.