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D.C. Mayor, Protesters Paint Black Lives Matter Protest Call on Streets Leading to White House

HeadlineJun 08, 2020

In Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser had the words “Black Lives Matter” painted on a section of 16th Street that leads to the White House. The words — in giant, yellow capital letters — span more than a block and are visible in satellite photos from space. Black Lives Matter DC accused Bowser of engaging in “performative” actions and called out her past support for the district’s police department. Protesters later painted the words “Defund the Police” next to the words “Black Lives Matter,” in equally large yellow letters.

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell became the latest Republican and prominent former Pentagon official to criticize Trump’s militarized response to protests. Powell also endorsed Joe Biden for president. This came as President Trump said Sunday he had ordered the National Guard to leave the streets of Washington, D.C. Trump’s reversal came after ABC News reported that last Monday President Trump got into a shouting match with a top Pentagon official, demanding the mobilization of 10,000 troops in Washington, D.C., and other U.S. cities to suppress protests.

On Sunday, Utah Senator Mitt Romney broke with other Republican lawmakers and joined a march in Washington, D.C.

Sen. Mitt Romney: “Finding a way to end violence and brutality and to make sure the people understand that Black lives matter.”

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