Conor Lamb hits Trump over 'law and order': He's 'bad at it'

Conor Lamb hits Trump over 'law and order': He's 'bad at it'
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Rep. Conor Lamb (D-Pa.) blasted President TrumpDonald John TrumpDeSantis on Florida schools reopening: 'If you can do Walmart,' then 'we absolutely can do schools' NYT editorial board calls for the reopening of schools with help from federal government's 'checkbook' Mueller pens WaPo op-ed: Roger Stone 'remains a convicted felon, and rightly so' MORE’s response to unrest around the nation in response to the death of George Floyd, calling the president “bad at” law and order.

“As a former federal prosecutor, I would like to share my thoughts about ‘law and order.’ President Trump is bad at it,” Lamb, who served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Western District of Pennsylvania before his election to the House, tweeted Tuesday.

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Democratic lawmakers and leaders have roundly criticized Trump’s reaction to the protests, which have been ongoing in nearly ever major U.S. city in recent days.

“At a time when our nation is hurting, the president continues to forgo any effort to calm tensions, as we had all hoped he would,” House Armed Services Committee Chairman Adam SmithDavid (Adam) Adam SmithThe robbing of a wildlife refuge in Nevada House panel votes against curtailing Insurrection Act powers after heated debate Overnight Defense: House panel votes to ban Confederate flag on all Pentagon property | DOD report says Russia working to speed US withdrawal from Afghanistan | 'Gang of Eight' to get briefing on bounties Thursday MORE (D-Wash.) said in a statement Tuesday.

On Monday evening, police broke up peaceful demonstrations in Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, using tear gas, riot shields and horses ahead of televised remarks from the president. In his remarks, Trump vowed to deploy the military to address violence in cities if states were unable, before crossing to the historic St. John’s Episcopal Church to pose for a photograph.

Demonstrations have taken place for the past several days following the death of Floyd, an African American man who died in police custody after a Minneapolis police officer knelt on his neck for several minutes over his protests that he was unable to breathe.

Derek Chauvin, the officer, has been fired and charged with second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder. The other three officers present have been fired but not criminally charged, but Minnesota Attorney General Keith EllisonKeith Maurice EllisonMinnesota lawmakers blast pharmaceutical industry lawsuit over insulin affordability law OVERNIGHT ENERGY: DOJ whistleblower says California emissions probe was 'abuse of authority' | EPA won't defend policy blocking grantees from serving on boards | Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change Minnesota sues Exxon, others over climate change MORE (D), who has assumed control of the prosecution, has said further charges are a possibility.