Democratic leaders on Monday, June 1, raged over President Donald Trump’s walk to St. John’s Episcopal Church, which was burned during last night’s demonstrations, accusing the president of using the military to “shoot peaceful protesters” for a “photo op.”

President Trump said during a statement in the Rose Garden on Monday, “Justice will be served” for George Floyd and his family. 

“But we cannot allow the righteous cries and peaceful protesters to be drown out by an angry mob. The biggest victims of the rioting are peace-loving citizens in our poorest communities, and as their president, I will fight to keep them safe. I will fight to protect you,” he added.

The president vowed that he is taking “immediate action” to mobilize “all available federal resources” to stop riots and looting across the country.

Following the speech, the president and his entourage walked to St. Johns Episcopal Church where he stood in front of the boarded-up church and held up a Bible. The church was heavily damaged the night before by rioters.

Over the past three days, rioters outside the White House have violently clashed with Secret Service officers, injuring numerous officers. They also set fire, attacked journalists, and vandalized historic buildings and monuments. 

Earlier on Monday, Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser (D) announced a 7 p.m. curfew and sent alerts directly to smartphones across the district ahead of time.

Nonetheless, Democrats and the mainstream media claimed that law enforcement officers deployed tear gas and shot rubber bullets to forcefully disperse the peaceful protesters prior to the president visit—which was push back by former Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell. 

“Wrong. I am temporarily living on the block in question. Where were you? Because property continues to be destroyed. Stop giving aid and comfort to rioters,” Grenell wrote.

Top Democrats erupted following the event. “Tonight the president of the United States used the American military to shoot peaceful protesters with rubber bullets & tear gas them. For a photo op,” Hillary Clinton said. “This is a horrifying use of presidential power against our own citizens, & has no place anywhere, let alone in America. Vote.”

“He’s using the American military against the American people. He tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets. For a photo,” Democrat Party’s presumptive nominee Joe Biden said in a post, echoing Clinton.

“The President of the United States tear-gassed peaceful protesters in order to clear the way for a useless photo-op outside the White House—just after vowing to activate the military against our own people. Lives and our democracy are in danger,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) said.

“Yet, at a time when our country cries out for unification, this President is ripping it apart. Tear-gassing peaceful protestors without provocation just so that the President could pose for photos outside a church dishonors every value that faith teaches us,” Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) wrote in a statement.

“At this challenging time, our nation needs real leadership. The president’s continued fanning of the flames of discord, bigotry and violence is cowardly, weak, and dangerous,” they added.