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President Trump addressed the press today, telling them that law enforcement must “dominate the streets” by establishing “an overwhelming law enforcement presence.” If mayors and governors weren’t willing to do this, he said, “I will deploy the United States military and quickly solve the problem for them.” But in the background you can hear sirens and the pop of guns. Why?

That’s right: The White House ordered a peaceful demonstration at Lafayette Square to be broken up quickly so that Trump could walk across the street for a photo-op at St. John’s Episcopal Church:

And here’s the picture Trump wants us all to publish:

Oh, and it wasn’t local police who gassed the crowd to break it up. It was federal law enforcement officers:

But Trump got his photo-op and he knows that this is all that matters.

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