On Wednesday, MSNBC’s Morning Joe host Joe Scarborough criticized the White House’s decision to spray tear gas on peaceful protesters right before the President Donald Trump‘s St. John’s Church visit, demanded the Secretary of Defense Mark Esper resign.

“By the way, if you represent us — whatever agency you represent — stop lying to us about using tear gas. We saw it. It happened. We all saw it in real-time. The global village saw people in that time with their heads thrown back and their friends pouring water in their eyes,” Scarborough said on-air. “You used tear gas. You used pepper spray. You used rubber bullets to clash with peaceful protesters. We’ve got the tape. It’s all on tape, Marco Rubio. It’s all on tape, Republicans. We saw it happening in real-time. Stop lying!”

Scarborough continued his criticism toward the White House response, specifically towards the Secretary Esper.

“That is Secretary Esper’s worst excuse since he said his dog ate his constitution. It’s despicable. If he were misled by that, by the president of the United States, then he should resign,” the MSNBC host said. “Secretary Esper, you should resign this morning. You are military, Mr. Secretary, you’re military. The men and women of our military are being used as political props.”

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