‘The Bible wasn’t upside down!’ Donald Trump launches a new attack on Fox News slamming guest for ‘lies’ about infamous photo-op
- Donald Trump asserted that he was not holding the bible upside down during his infamous church photo-op as he tore into Fox News
- ‘A @FoxNews commentator just ripped me with lies, with nobody defending,’ Trump complained in a Thursday tweet
- ‘They talked about… how I stood and held the Bible upside down – it wasn’t upside down,’ he asserted
- Trump was mocked for awkwardly holding his bible for a photo-op outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church earlier this month
Donald Trump tore into his favorite news network Thursday, asserting that he did not hold his bible upside down while posing for a photo-op outside St. John’s Church earlier this month.
‘A @FoxNews commentator just ripped me with lies, with nobody defending,’ Trump complained in a tweet. ‘They talked about the ‘friendly’ protesters (they set the Church on fire the day before. They were anything but friendly), and how I stood and held the Bible upside down – it wasn’t upside down.’
The comments came after Fox News did a segment during America’s Newsroom, which is hosted by Ed Henry and Sandra Smith, on the weeks of protests outside the White House and police reform that both parties are pushing.
Jessica Tarlov, a political strategist and Fox News contributor, joined the co-hosts Thursday morning and bashed Trump for ordering Lafayette Park, which separates the White House and St. John’s Episcopal Church, to be cleared of protesters so he could cross the street on foot.
Donald Trump asserted that he was not holding the bible upside down during his infamous church photo-op as he tore into Fox News
Donald Trump was mocked for awkwardly holding his bible for a photo-op outside of St. John’s Episcopal Church earlier this month
Trump complained that no one at Fox News came to his defense when the commentator said he held the bible upside down
In response to a clip of her appearance on Fox News, contributor Jessica Tarlov claimed Trump was ‘cranky’ when watching and in responding to it on Twitter
‘That majority of Americans are on the side of the protesters, they have negative reaction to the way that President Trump has handled the racial injustice crisis in this country,’ Tarlov said when she was asked about how tearing down monuments and statues will play out for Democrats with Middle America in November.
‘He went out to Lafayette Park with them where they tear gassed protesters there so he could have a photo in front of a church holding a bible upside down,’ she continued, off topic from the question. ‘Went terribly for him.’
After Trump tweeted about 15 minutes following Tarlov’s on-air comments, the contributor responded to a clip on Twitter with: ‘Cranky president.’
While Trump lamented in his tweet that no one came to his defense on the right-leaning network, the Fox News host did push back by telling Tarlov that she was ‘moving away from the question, which is about police reform and getting something done.’
Trump has recently become disenfranchised with Fox News, often claiming they are pandering to Democrats when they host balanced panel discussions – and he asserts the network is not what it used to be.
‘Fox News is in the bag!’ he tweeted back in March.
Trump has faced wide-spread criticism for his decision to clear Lafayette Park and make the short trek there with members of his cabinet for a five-minutes visit.
The president made a few comments in front of the boarded-up church, which was set on fire during protests the night before the visit – but mostly he turned away from the church, toward the camera and media members and held up his bible for photos.
Trump also faced criticism for the stunt after law enforcement cleared the park in front of the church of peaceful protesters gathered there by using pepper spray, non-lethal bullets and force
Not only was he excoriated after the peaceful protesters were tear gassed and forced from the park all for his photo-op, but Trump also was mocked for how he awkwardly held the bible for the cameras.
Trump’s Rose Garden remarks ahead of the stunt was the first time he public addressed the nation on the fallout from George Floyd’s death, which launched weeks of nationwide protests over relations between the black community and police officers.
Many protests take place outside the White House in Lafayette Park – and a group even attempted to create the Black House Autonomous Zone there earlier this week, but were shut down with use of force by law enforcement.