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St. John’s Would’ve Been Open to a Trump Visit. All He Had to Do Was Ask.

posted on June 8, 2020

Slate’s Ruth Graham writes that St. John’s Episcopal Church, where Trump staged his infamous photo op last week, has long welcomed presidents and the powerful. Franklin Roosevelt started the inauguration prayer service there, and Abraham Lincoln and Lyndon B. Johnson both sought quiet moments in the space. The church’s rector told Graham that the church would have been open to a scheduled visit from President Trump. “After all, the church has demonstrated an openness to symbolic appearances by presidents of both parties for more than 200 years,” she writes. As for Trump’s forceful expulsion of protesters that stood in his path to the church, Graham writes, “Trump bulldozed the door to St. John’s when the key was sitting right in front of him.”


Read at Slate