Police unloaded rounds of tear gas at peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday evening, clearing the way for President Donald Trump to deliver an ominous speech against the nationwide protests sparked by the latest killings of unarmed black people. He then walked through the newly opened path to participate in a nearby photo op.

Trump was apparently agitated by night after night of looting and violent protestsoutside his door and around the nation. The dystopian scenes played 24/7 on cable news, paired with reports that last week he was rushed to a White House bunker amid the unrest, brought him to lash out beyond his own Twitter feed.

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