(CBS SF / CNN) — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Tuesday cited religious text in response to President Donald Trump’s photo opportunity with a Bible outside of St. John’s Church in Washington, DC, which came after law enforcement forcibly cleared peaceful protesters away from the White House using tear gas and riot shields.

Holding a Bible at a Capitol Hill event, Pelosi (D-San Francisco) turned to the book of Ecclesiastes and read about a time for healing. She said the President “has the responsibility to heal.”

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President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John's Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

President Donald Trump holds up a Bible outside of St John’s Episcopal church across Lafayette Park in Washington, DC on June 1, 2020. (BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP via Getty Images)

She also read statements from previous presidents about police brutality.

“This is not a single incident. We know it is a pattern of behavior. We also know the history that takes us to this sad place,” she said of George Floyd’s death.

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“We would hope that the President of the United States would follow the lead of so many presidents before him to be a healer-in-chief and not a fanner of the flame,” Pelosi added.

She said the administration’s treatment of the protesters was a “most unfortunate situation.”

“What is that?” she asked. “That has no place, and it’s time for us to do away with that. A time to heal. The book of Ecclesiastes.”

On Monday evening, Trump walked across Lafayette Park in front of the White House, to St. John’s Episcopal Church, a house of worship used by American presidents for more than a century that was partially burned in a Sunday evening protest. Peaceful protesters just outside the White House gates were dispersed with tear gas, flash grenades and rubber bullets ahead of the President’s visit to the church.

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