Fox’s Griff Jenkins Falsely Claims ‘Tear Gas Was Not Used’ on D.C. Protesters
Fox News’ Griff Jenkins reported as fact on Wednesday the false claim that police didn’t use tear gas against protesters in Washington, D.C. as they cleared a path for President Donald Trump to take a photo outside St. John’s Church.
Park Police and the Trump administration have denied that tear gas was used despite ample evidence. The administration went so far as to demand retractions from news media that reported on its use. However, it is clear that police used tear gas to clear Lafayette Park.
“Griff, what’s the latest about the controversy of the President walking over to the church a few days ago and a lot of people saying there was tear gas used. Is that accurate?” Fox & Friends host Ainsley Earhardt asked.
“That’s right. There is clarity on that point. And, no. Tear gas was not used. The Park Police issuing a statement saying they did not use tear gas. They used the pepper spray that they use. Far less lethal,” Jenkins said.
This is simply not true. Many people had tear gas used against them and the media was on the scene to record the event. However, it is no surprise that Fox News has accepted the Trump administration’s line on this issue, which has created widespread backlash.
Watch the video above, via Fox News.