Donald Trump with a Bible and Rev. Gini Gerbasi

“I Am Now A Force To Be Reckoned With”—Priest Furious After Being Chased From Church By Tear Gas For Trump’s Photo Op

Reverend Gini Gerbasi is furious at Donald Trump after she and a group of peaceful protesters were hit with tear gas from U.S. Park Police and National Guard troops without warning because the president wanted a Bible photo op.

“They turned holy ground into a battleground,” she said according to the Religion News Service.

“I was suddenly coughing from the tear gas. We heard those explosions and people would drop to the ground because you weren’t sure what it was.”

According to Gerbasi, she had traveled from another nearby Episcopal church where she works to join local clergy and laypeople in a peaceful gathering to support the anti-police brutality protests and to pass out water, snacks, and hand sanitizer. They were packing up plenty ahead of the 7 pm curfew time when they were suddenly, without warning, attacked with tear gas.

“I was coughing, her eyes were watering,” wrote Gerbasi, referring to a seminary, “and we were trying to help people as police — in full riot gear — drove people toward us … Suddenly, around 6:30, there was more tear gas, more concussion grenades, and I think I saw someone hit by a rubber bullet — he was grasping his stomach and there was a mark on his shirt.”

The Episcopal protesters had to grab what supplies they could and run as police descended on the church with metal shields. They were pushed back over 20 feet, and soon Gerbasi was getting word that Trump was in front of St. John’s Episcopal Church getting his photo taken. That’s when she got mad.

“WE WERE DRIVEN OFF OF THE PATIO AT ST. JOHN’S — a place of peace and respite and medical care throughout the day — SO THAT MAN COULD HAVE A PHOTO OPPORTUNITY IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH!!!” she wrote. “PEOPLE WERE HURT SO HE COULD POST IN FRONT OF THE CHURCH WITH A BIBLE.”

Trump admitted during the photoshoot that it was not his Bible, but “a” Bible, probably because he doesn’t own one.

“I am ok,” Gerbasi concluded in her Facebook post. “But I am now a force to be reckoned with.”

She and everyone else who have read her story.

Anyone still think that Trump is a Christian?