AG Barr: D.C. Protests ‘Were Not Peaceful,’ Media is ‘Lying’
Barr blasts media for telling the American public lies
Attorney General William Barr blasted the media after reports claimed the riots in Washington D.C were "peaceful" following the death of George Floyd.
Barr scolded the media for telling the American public “big lies” after “750 officers [were] hurt in the last week.”
CBS News host Margaret Brennan noted:
“On Monday, Lafayette Park was cleared of protesters."
“The federal agents who were there report up to you. Did you think it was appropriate for them to use smoke bombs, tear gas, pepper balls, projectiles at what appeared to be peaceful protesters?" Brennan asked.
“They were not peaceful protesters."
“And that’s one of the big lies that the media seems to be perpetuating at this point.”
“There were three warnings given,” Barr continued.
“But let’s get back to why we took that action. On Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, okay, there were violent riots at Lafayette Park where the park police were under constant attack at the – behind their bike rack fences."
"They were battling over the fences. They were trying to get entry. They were throwing bricks and inflammable liquid at the police…”
“On Sunday, things reached a crescendo,” Barr added.
“The officers were pummeled with bricks. Crowbars were used to pry up the pavers at the park, and they were hurled at police. There were fires set in not only St. John’s Church, but a historic building at Lafayette was burned down.”
Brennan interjected, claiming Barr's claims the unpeaceful protests were down to "looters."
"Not looters, these were the violent rioters who … dominated Lafayette Park. They broke into the Treasury Department … and they were injuring police.”
Barr also noted the decision to remove protesters from he vicinity of the White House was “not connected” to Trump venturing across the street for a photo at St. John's Church that was recently attacked and set ablaze by rioters.
“Here’s what the media is missing. This was not an operation to respond to that particular crowd," Barr said.
"It was an operation to move the perimeter one block,” Barr continued.
“By the way, there was no tear gas used. The tear gas was used Sunday when they had to clear H Street to allow the fire department to come in to save St. John’s Church. That’s when tear gas was used.”
Barr also noted the manner in which the media covered the riots, claiming all he heard was "how peaceful the protesters were."
"I didn’t hear about the fact that there were hundred and fifty law enforcement officers injured and many taken to the hospital with concussions."
"So it wasn’t a peaceful protest. We had to get control over Lafayette Park, and we had to do it as soon as we were able to do that.”
Last week, Barr revealed law enforcement had evidence that far-left group Antifa was involved in inciting the violent riots.
Trump's administration recently launched an investigation into Antifa suspected of being behind the nationwide rioting and unrest.