‘I Am Outraged’: D.C. Episcopal Bishop Decries Trump Clearing Protestors With Tear Gas to Use Church as a ‘Prop’

Rev. Mariann Edgar Budde expressed her outrage toward President Donald Trump after Trump used her Washington D.C. St. John’s Episcopal Church for a photo op following his address to the nation, telling CNN’s Anderson Cooper, “I just can’t believe what my eyes have seen tonight.”

Budde and other members of the church didn’t know Trump would visit their church until they saw it on the news, they said. Budde ripped Trump for his “abused of sacred symbols” and was “outraged” that her church was used for political gain.

“I am outraged,” Budde said. “The president did not pray when he came to St John’s nor, as you just articulated, did he acknowledge the agony
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