An entirely peaceful protest was gathering outside the White House on Monday night when it was broken up with a volley of tear gas and some of the most aggressive policing I have yet seen here.
The reason was even more disturbing.
The president wanted to be seen visiting a local church at the epicenter of the unrest.
To achieve that presidential photo-op, the rally was dispersed by troops and police.
Donald Trump then walked out of the White House and held the single most bizarre appearance of his presidency.
He stood outside the church holding up a Bible, declaring that America was the greatest country in the world.
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