The attorney general forcibly removing law-abiding, peaceful protesters who are exercising their right to assembly is an affront to our constitutional order no matter which specific means are employed. Whether the government uses batons or tear gas or horse-sized ducks, it’s still wildly out of bounds.
It makes no sense to say, They only violated the Constitution with smoke bombs. We’re good here…
But this “no tear gas” claim isn’t just idiotic. It is also untrue.
Nathan Baca, a WUSA9 reporter on the scene, picked up one of the very canisters that Hemingway claimed was a “smoke canister.” You can see it here.