According to Trump’s public schedule, the president is expected to begin his journey Tuesday afternoon with a visit to “property affected by recent riots”. He will then attend a local high school and the city’s emergency response center. Before leaving Kenosha, he will take part in a round table that will deal with community security.
Trump’s visit to the swing state is another attempt to continue his campaign to link democratically ruled cities and states with violence ahead of the November elections in order to stand out as a law and order voter.
Wisconsin Democratic Governor Tony Evers asked Trump not to visit Kenosha as the city works to heal and prevent local resources from being diverted for a president visit.
And Kenosha Democratic Mayor John Antaramian told CNN̵
“Our community has been through a lot and there is no time for politics right now. We would prefer the president waited at least another week before coming to visit,” said Antaramian. “The president is always welcome. But this is just the wrong time.”
The mayor provided little information on the details of the upcoming visit but said he did not expect to be part of the discussions with Trump.
Jim Kreuser, the Kenosha County executive, has shared similar views, and Kenosha County Sheriff, David Beth, said a visit from a larger personality will create additional work for the department.
Biden’s advisors are discussing a possible visit earlier this week, a source familiar with the discussions said, adding that the situation remains fluid.
Antaramian has said he also wants Biden to wait a week before his visit.
Refuses to condemn right-wing agitators
Trump has repeatedly referred to intermittent violent demonstrations following incidents of police violence against blacks in recent weeks, claiming that such riots would spark if Biden were elected.
He has also largely ignored the national fear of many Americans. On Monday, Trump said the nationwide demonstrations against police brutality were not “peaceful protests” but “anarchy”.
But Trump failed to acknowledge whether his visit could encourage violence from right-wing guards and agitators.
On Monday he refused to denounce the violent actions of right-wing agitators at demonstrations in Portland and Wisconsin, including Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old vigilante who killed two protesters and injured another in Kenosha.
Trump said Rittenhouse was “likely to have been killed” had he not fatally shot two protesters.
When asked if he was okay with armed guards like Rittenhouse on the street, Trump said he would “like to see law enforcement take care of everything,” but did not condemn the vigilance.
He also argued that his supporters, who sprayed some form of pepper spray and fired paintballs at protesters over the weekend, used it as a “defense mechanism” as they rolled through the streets of Portland.
“They had a large number of people who were supporters, but that was a peaceful protest,” Trump said in response to a question from CNN’s Kaitlan Collins, “and color is not – and color is a defense mechanism. Color is not Bullet.” . “
CNN’s Nikki Carvajal, Konstantin Toropin, Renee Baharaeen and Arlette Saenz contributed to this report.