President Donald Trump took to Twitter Tuesday to inform protesters who attempted to establish an “autonomous zone” in the nation’s capital would be met with “serious force” following a night of protests near the White House Monday night.
“There will never be an ‘Autonomous Zone’ in Washington, D.C., as long as I’m your President. If they try they will be met with serious force!” the Commander in Chief warned.
The warning came after tense demonstrations on Monday night where protesters attempted to tear down a statue of Andrew Jackson in Lafayette Square Park and who targeted the nearby St. John’s Episcopal Church once again.
Law enforcement intervened, deploying pepper spray and using force to disperse the protest before the statue could be pulled down.
Fox 5 DC reported that protesters spray-painted “BHAZ” on the columns of St. John’s Church, which was apparently a reference to a “Black House Autonomous Zone.” The news station reported that U.S. Park Police and city police managed to close the area off to protesters.
Following the Commander in Chief’s Tuesday tweet, Twitter hid the president’s tweet, claiming the tweet “violated the Twitter rules” for “abusive behavior”. However, the tweet is still accessible if you click on it. Twitter says though, they “determined that it may be in the public’s interest for the Tweet to remain accessible”. Continued Below
President Trump’s official tweet:
Last month, the president signed an Executive Order to prevent online censorship from occurring.
BHAZ — Black House Autonomous Zone — has been spray painted on the columns of the historic St. John’s church outside the White House. pic.twitter.com/or2C2myVSX
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) June 23, 2020
Washington BLM trying to set up a “Black House autonomous zone” outside the White house… vandalising the historic St Johns church with BHAZ graffiti and trying to take down a statue of Andrew Johnson…. this is not peaceful protest folks, no matter how you skew it. pic.twitter.com/nGDhhDtaya
— Find Your Own Truth (@fyotruth) June 23, 2020
These morons tried to pull the statue of Andrew Jackson down by pulling in opposite directions
If they can't comprehend basic physics, it's a safe bet they don't even know who he is, let alone anything about our country's historypic.twitter.com/vhO5H86EYf
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) June 23, 2020
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