Left-wing news media outlets then conflated pepper spray, smoke canisters, and tear gas while refusing to correct their originally false claims about the use of tear gas.
Breitbart News reported on Wednesday, “The inspector general of the U.S Department of the Interior released a report Wednesday exonerating President Donald Trump from false claims that he used tear gas to clear “peaceful protesters” from Lafayette Square for a Bible photo-op.”
Hemingway remarked, “This report came out this week, showing that n othing that had been said was accurate, but I got an incredible amount of pushback from people. But it was all three of those things, including that I thought one of the interesting things were reported that showed that there were nearly 50 park police who were injured, including one who required surgery from the riots that were happening at Lafayette Square. The night before, a fire had been set in historic St. John’s church and they had to be D.C. police actually cleared the park at that time so they could get fired trucks in to the church.”
CNN, the New York Times, and the Washington Post — among many other left-wing news media outlets — falsely claimed that tear gas was used against “peaceful protesters.”
“This was not a peaceful environment at all,” Hemingway noted, “and the media reaction that said you couldn’t do anything as people were besieging the White House — causing the president to be put in a bunker for his safety — or churches were being burned, or these park police were being injured, actually contributed so much to the entire summer of violence, because people were terrified of doing anything to restore order.”
She continued, “If you couldn’t do it even at the White House, [you] certainly couldn’t do it to just protect people’s businesses in a random city, and so the dozens of people that were killed, the billions of dollars in damage, I think, were really related to the media hysteria over this moment when the park — Lafayette Park — was cleared because things had gotten out of control in that area.”
Hemingay challenged the “insurrection” narrative pushed by leftist news media outlets and Democrats regarding the events of January 6 at the Capitol.
“There is definitely an argument that the planned and coordinated events that the White House and throughout the country more matched the idea of what an insurrection is than a one-off at the Capitol — however awful all of those things are — and I think there was this effort to try to get a mood going of ousting the president, but probably more directed toward the election.”