President Trump on Tuesday took a close look at the damage caused by the recent riots and looting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He has inspected property damaged by the violence, demolished “anti-American” riots and promised to help rebuild destroyed businesses.
The president announced $ 1 million to law enforcement agencies in Kenosha “so that you have extra money to do what you need to do.” He also announced $ 4 million to help local businesses affected by the violence and $ 42 million to help public safety across the state – including helping law enforcement and prosecutors.
“We’re going to fix it, we’re going to help people rebuild their businesses in Kenosha … we̵
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He toured the area, including a burned-out building that still smells of smoke, as well as officials like Attorney General William Barr and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wold. He spoke to law enforcement officials when he visited the website and to six people who were reported to have lost their businesses during the riot.
“Kenosha has been ravaged by anti-police and anti-American unrest,” he said at a round table with law enforcement and business owners after also visiting an emergency response center.
“These are not peaceful protests, but domestic terror,” he said.
Trump’s visit was also picked up by protesters, with a large group raising their middle fingers at the president as the motorcade passed.
Trump’s visit comes as he tries to introduce a criminal approach and contrast it with that of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden.
“To stop political violence, we must also face the radical ideology that includes that violence. Ruthless far-left politicians continue to carry the destructive message that our nation and our law enforcement agencies are oppressive or racist – they will cast out any word , that comes to you, “he said at the round table.
The visit comes over objections from local Democrats with Governor Tony Evers, who installed the National Guard to stop the violence, saying Trump’s presence “will only hinder our healing.”
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“I am concerned that your presence will only delay our work to overcome the division and progress together,” he said in a letter to Trump prior to the visit.
Trump has since hailed the National Guard’s deployment, which he called for, as a turning point in containing the chaos.
“The violence stopped six days ago when the guard stepped on the picture,” he tweeted Tuesday morning. He said in Kenosha that if more states deployed the National Guard, “it would all be over very, very quickly.”
His visit took on a decidedly police-friendly tone, saying that police officers are being put under “tremendous pressure”.
“They have a quarter of a second to make a decision and if they make the wrong decision one way or another, they’re either dead or they’re in big trouble – and people need to understand that,” he said.
The protests and riots were sparked last week by the shooting of Jacob Blake – something protesters point to as another example of police brutality against black men. The video, shown on social media, shows an officer shooting Blake as he reaches into his vehicle. Wisconsin officials later said a knife was found. The shooting left Blake paralyzed, according to his father.
During the protests sparked by the shooting, a 17-year-old Illinois police officer is accused of fatally shooting two people and injuring a third. Kyle Rittenhouse is charged with murder in the shootings. his lawyer has claimed self-defense.
Trump said Monday that Rittenhouse appeared to be acting in self-defense.
“That was an interesting situation,” Trump said during a press conference. “He tried to get away from them, I think it looks like he fell. And then they attacked him very hard. … He was there.” He probably would have – you probably would have been killed. “
Since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota in May, protests and riots have struck a number of American cities throughout the summer. But the violence in Wisconsin, a major swing state, could have an impact on the elections. Polls in recent days suggest that Biden’s lead over Trump has narrowed there.
The president has repeatedly warned that unrest in democratic-run cities will only escalate if Biden is elected in November.
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On Monday, Biden traveled to Pittsburgh, where he targeted Trump’s approach on the matter, asking, “Does anyone think that there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is re-elected?”
He accused: “This president lost all moral leadership in this country a long time ago. He can’t stop the violence – because he stoked it for years … Fires burn and we have a President who lights the flames instead of fighting the flames. “
Paul Steinhauser of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.