St. Louis County Executive says Trump is treating civil unrest as 'a reality show'


ST. LOUIS (KMOX) - St. Louis County Executive Sam Page took aim at President Donald Trump over the nation's unrest this week, in his Wednesday morning press conference.

"Our nation is divided and we need a president who can show us that our country has a kind heart," Page says. "The president has fanned the flames of this unrest, treating it like it's a reality show. And it's not, it's really not."

Trump has been under fire and accused of using holy spaces as political props. On Monday, he and some White House staff walked to nearby St. John’s Church, which was the site where riot and military police cleared out protesters with pepper spray and rubber bullets the previous night. Video of the moment was shared by the White House on Twitter:

— The White House (@WhiteHouse) June 2, 2020  

Things stayed calm during the overnight hours across the St. Louis area Tuesday night. It followed a very violent and destructive Monday night and early Tuesday morning in St. Louis, which left four officer shot, one retired police captain murdered, 55 businesses damaged or looted and 25 people arrested.

Page also has asked protesters and marchers who did not wear a mask or practice social distancing to self-quarantine for two weeks.

You can watch the full press conference here: 

KMOX's Tom Franklin contributed to this report.
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