#UglyPresident trends after Trump calls National Guard tear gassing protesters a 'beautiful scene' in new video
Trump had unleashed the National Guard to clear protesters away after deciding on a photo-op at a church across the street from the White House
Donald Trump was targeted by a new campaign video this past Friday, June 12, that criticized his remarks about the George Floyd protesters in front of the White House and saw #UglyPresident trend on Twitter.
Meidas Touch, a federal PAC that boasts over 60,000 followers on Twitter, slammed the president after he said the National Guard clearing out peaceful protesters in front of the White House with rubber bullets and tear gas was a "beautiful scene" and said law enforcement was "dominating with compassion."
You can watch the video here:
"I was insistent on having the National Guard go in and do their work," Trump says at the beginning of the campaign video, which is regularly interspersed with footage of protesters being tear-gassed, shot, and pushed by law enforcement.
"It was like a knife cutting butter, right through" he continues, as footage of police vehicles ramming into peaceful crowds follows. "I'll never forget. You saw the scene. They were lined up. Boom! And yes there was some tear gas and probably some other things. And I'll never forget the scene. It's not supposed to be a beautiful scene but to me it was."
Meidas Touch ended the video, which has been viewed close to two million times, with a black screen with the words, "None of this is beautiful. Vote out this #uglypresident."
Trump's comments, which came during a round table with faith leaders, law enforcement, and small business owners in Dallas, were made about the National Guard being unleashed on protesters outside the White House earlier this month so he could have a photo-op at a church across the street.
Having initially hidden in the secret bunker at the White House, Trump had decided to walk down to the St John's Episcopal Church through Lafayette Park to pose with a bible — which he would end up holding upside down — as hundreds spoke out against police brutality and racial inequality around the compound.
Trump had been criticized for the photo-op by the likes of DC's Episcopal Bishop Marian Budde, presumptive Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden and New York Governor Andrew Cuomo.
"He's using the American military against the American people. He tear-gassed peaceful protesters and fired rubber bullets. For a photo. For our children, for the very soul of our country, we must defeat him. But I mean it when I say this: we can only do it together," Biden said.
The subsequent release of Meidas Touch's campaign video saw the hashtag #UglyPresident trending on Twitter, with more than 124,000 expressing their displeasure over Trump's apathy towards the protesters.
"We hate Trump like they hated President Obama," one user wrote. "However, we hate Trump because he’s a corrupt s***weasel, pathological liar, malignant narcissist, misogynist, rapist, pedophile, criminal, traitor, mass murderer, racist and #uglyPresident. They hated Obama because they are racist."
"Don’t vote for a bleached, impeached, beseeched leech, who likes to screech hate speech. #UglyPresident," a second tweeted.
"Donald Trump flew to Dallas to hold a law enforcement symposium where he snubbed all of the city's top law enforcement officers, who are all African-American," another posted. "That's where he showed his true colors as a psychopath.#UglyPresident".