President Trump has threatened to invoke the Insurrection Act to use active-duty troops in U.S. cities, and Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper referred to American cities as a “battlespace.” Former defense secretary Jim Mattis excoriated the president for working to divide the country.
Early in the pandemic, when Latin America was mostly a spectator to global outbreaks, there was hope that when the virus arrived there, things would be different. Weeks later, more than a million people have been infected, tens of thousands are dead, and those hopes are gone.
Protesters run as riot police fire tear gas and move on demonstrators to clear Lafayette Park and the area around it across from the White House for President Trump’s photo op on Monday. (Ken Cedeno/Reuters)
The Trump campaign demanded corrections, claiming no tear gas was used — although the CDC actually considers the very chemical irritants used in Lafayette Square to fit within the broad umbrella term of “tear gas.”