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DC Mayor Bowser: Trump Used Military Force for 'Political Stunt'

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By    |   Monday, 08 June 2020 03:08 PM

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Monday that President Donald Trump used American military forces in a “political stunt” when he ordered the U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops to force protesters to disperse last week.

"We saw in Washington, D.C., federal forces used in a political stunt to attack peaceful protests," Bowser told MSNBC's “Morning Joe” on Monday. "We saw the American military moved around our country like toy soldiers to intimidate Americans.”

Bowser said that American troops should never be used in this manner, and that people "across the country should be scared about that."

She went on to say that her decision to have the city paint “Black Lives Matter” on the road leading up to the White House was "a representation of an expression of our saying no, but also identifying and claiming a part of our city that had been taken over by federal forces to make it a place for healing, strategizing protest and redress, which is the greatest statement that we can make as Americans and black Americans who want to be recognized for human beings and have our lives matter."

Bowser asked Trump to remove "all extraordinary federal law enforcement and military presence" from the District last week. Trump began withdrawing troops from the capital on Sunday.

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District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser said on Monday that President Donald Trump used American military forces in a “political stunt” when he ordered the U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops to force protestors to disperse last week.
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