It was a dramatic scene that played out on live television.
Americans had never seen anything like it before.
All hell broke loose when one gunman charged the White House.
Donald Trump was addressing the nation when a Secret Service agent interrupted the press conference and whisked President Trump out of the briefing room.
“Excuse me?” the President said as the agent ordered him to leave the briefing room.
President Trump abruptly ended the coronavirus press conference as a stunned press corps and American television audience scrambled to understand what was going on.
Several minutes later, the President returned to the briefing room to deliver an update and continue the press conference.
“There was an actual shooting, someone has been taken to the hospital … seems like the person was shot by Secret Service,” Trump told the press and the nation.
The Secret Service later tweeted an update on the matter.
“The Secret Service can confirm there has been an officer involved shooting at 17th Street and Pennsylvania Ave. Law enforcement officials are on the scene. More information to follow.”
“At no time during this incident was the White House complex breached or were any protectees in danger,” the Secret Service added.
Fortunately, there was no loss of life in this shooting.
Fox News reported, “A law enforcement source told Fox News it appears the wounds to the suspect in the officer-involved shooting are not fatal.”
But the fake news media demanded to know why President Trump returned to the briefing.
They were hoping for a repeat of the night Black Lives Matter rioters tried to storm the White House and Secret Service took President Trump and his family to the White House bunker.
That led to a meme in the fake news media that Donald Trump was a coward hiding in fear while the nation burned.
Of course, that was a lie.
President Trump returned to the briefing room to make sure the fake news media didn’t whip-up more fabricated fan fiction.
The President calmly updated the public on the shooting and shot down the fake news media attacks that he was “rattled.”
To many Americans, the closest scene to what they just witnessed was on September 11, 2001, when chief of staff Andy Card whispered in President Bush’s ear as he was reading “My Pet Goat” to Florida school children that the second World Trade Center tower had been hit and the nation was under attack.
It’s in these moments that the nation looks to the President to provide calm leadership.
And while what happened outside the White House in no way ended up comparing to 9/11, for a period of time the American people had no idea what was going on.
But that ended when President Trump reassured the nation with his tone and tenor that the White House was secure and everything was under control.
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