Reuters referred to anti-Trump protestors as “peace activists” in a tweet Tuesday, although police used tear gas and pepper spray to control the rowdy protestors that used rocks and water bottles as projectiles.
“Pro Trump supporters face off with peace activists outside a Trump rally in Phoenix,” Reuters tweeted.
The protesters gathered outside a President Trump campaign rally in Phoenix, Arizona amid a heavy police presence to keep the peace. Some “began fighting and throwing rocks and bottles at police,” Sgt. Jonathan Howard of the Phoenix Police Department told CNN. Officers used tear gas to manage the thousands of protesters, and told everyone following the rally to leave or face arrest.
The Washington Post also referred to the protestors as “peace activists,” and like Reuters did not elaborate on who counts as a peace activist or otherwise qualify the term.
President Trump criticized the media in a speech that lasted well over an hour.
“[T]he fake media, they make up stories,” Trump said. “They have no sources in many cases. They say ‘a source says’ — there is no such thing. But they don’t report the facts. Just like they don’t want to report that I spoke out forcefully against hatred, bigotry and violence and strongly condemned the neo-Nazis, the White Supremacists, and the KKK.”
President Trump’s remarks come as he continues to take fire for his response to Charlottesville, saying that “both sides” were to blame and calling some protesting the removal of the Robert E. Lee statue “fine people.”
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