During an MSNBC interview with Joe Scarborough, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) admitted that authorities who cleared Lafayette Park of protesters on Monday may not have used tear gas, as many media outlets and former Vice President Joe Biden had claimed for days.
“Maybe they didn’t have tear gas, I don’t know,” Pelosi said after park police gave a press conference denying the claims.
Pelosi said her daughter Alexandra, a journalist, was present and claimed the protesters were peaceful. Park police, on the other hand, said that protesters had begun to throw rocks and other projectiles as well as caustic liquids at them, and they had to clear the area because of an impending curfew in the city.
The protests have continued in Washinton D.C. and other cities after George Floyd died in the Minneapolis police custody of a white officer, though they have largely been peaceful following some clashes on Monday.
Pelosi still accused officials of clearing the park for a President Donald Trump photo op and said it made America seem like “a banana republic.”
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