He was accused of having instructed law enforcement to tear gas protestors to clear the park so that he could engage in a "photo op." It was recently reported that the park was in the middle of being cleared already so that fencing could be fixed. Now it turns out that Trump wasn't even the one reliable, it was Democrat Mayor Muriel Bowser, reports Mollie Hemingway of The Federalist.
Official reports prove that it was in fact DC Mayor Muriel Bowser who likely gave the order to disperse the crowd using powerful means such as tear gas. The report from the Office of the Inspector General notes that:
"Finally, we found that the USPP and the Secret Service did not use a shared radio channel to communicate, that the USPP primarily conveyed information orally to assisting law enforcement entities, that an assisting law enforcement entity arrived late and may not have received a full briefing on the rules of engagement, and that several law enforcement officers could not clearly hear the incident commander’s dispersal warnings."
It seems that the location of the speech Trump gave that day also had nothing to do with the choice to evacuate the streets. Rather, it was to allow entry for a contractor that was appointed to fix a security fence around the White House.
"For more than a year," Hemingway writes, "Bowser allowed Trump to take the blame for what her police forces had done. In her nationally broadcast speech, Bowser inaccurately called the violent riots — marked by widespread looting, arson of historic buildings, arson of White House buildings, and assaults on scores of police officers — safe and peaceful. Then she blamed Trump for her own police force’s tear gassing of protesters."
"[W]while we were peacefully protesting," Bowser said on June 1 of last year, "Donald Trump was plotting. He stood in front of one of our most treasured houses of worship and held a Bible for a photo op."
"He sent troops in camouflage into our streets. He sent tear gas into the air and federal helicopters too. I knew if he did this to DC, he would do it to your city or your town, and that’s when I said enough," Bowser continued.
It is also of note that the protests were far from solely friendly, according to the Bowser-controlled DC Metropolitan Police Department. Their official version of events is that officers had been hurt by people throwing an inflammatory projectile at them.
As of this writing, the mainstream media has made no attempt whatsoever to update or retract their false stories.