Republican senators scrambled to dodge questions from reporters about Tuesday to address President Donald Trump’s harsh response to peaceful protesters who gathered outside the White House on Monday night, with many refusing to say whether the tactics were too much or amounted to an abuse of power that infringed on people’s First Amendment rights.
“I wasn’t there,” said Florida Sen. Rick Scott.
“I didn’t really see it,” said Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wis., when asked about the events of Monday night.
“I’m late for lunch,” said Sen. Rob Portman, R-Ohio.
“I don’t have a comment,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan.
The senators’ silence underscored just how difficult Trump’s actions are for Republicans seeking re-election in November. The approach of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., illustrated the dilemma they’re in: They can’t be seen on television criticizing the president for fear he’ll attack them, but they’re also struggling to defend him.
WATCH: Most GOP senators avoid commenting on peaceful protesters being dispersed by tear gas outside the White House for Trump's church visit pic.twitter.com/11cPvvxktd
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