Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers asked President Trump on Sunday to “reconsider” his upcoming visit to Kenoshaafter this The black man was shot in the back several times by the police last weekend. Mr. Trump’s visit will last a week after two people were shot dead in protest against Blake’s shooting.
“I, along with other community leaders who have tried hard, are concerned about what your presence will mean for Kenosha and our state,” Evers wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump, according to CBS Milwaukee subsidiary WDYT. “I am concerned that your presence will only hinder our healing. I am concerned that your presence will only delay our work to overcome the divide and move forward together.”
Mr Trump plans to visit Kenosha on Tuesday. A lawyer for Jacob Blake’s family said: ““on Sunday that the family had not been contacted about a meeting with Mr. Trump.
“The Blake family is very respectful of all of our elected officials and, as his mother says, they pray for all of our elected officials,” said lawyer Benjamin Crump.
Meanwhile aand indicted on August 25 in two first degree murders and one attempted murder for shooting. Some on the far right were celebrating white teen Kyle Rittenhouse, traveling on an AR-15 from Illinois.
Mr Trump said Saturday that the shooting is being “investigated” and said, “we’re looking at this very, very closely.”
Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes told CNN that Mr. Trump shouldn’t visit.
“They focused a whole convention on creating more hostility and creating more division over what is going on in Kenosha,” said Barnes, a Democrat. “So I don’t know how, given any of the President’s previous statements, he intends to come here to be helpful and we absolutely don’t need that right now.”
Barnes tweeted that if Mr. Trump doesn’t “come to see the fellowship celebration that’s taking place, keep it”.
“Too much good begins in Kenosha. The city was on fire and we need healing, not a barrel of gasoline,” Barnes added.
Despite condemning “Democrat-run cities” such as Kenosha and Portland, Oregon at the Republican National Convention, Mr. Trump has vowed that federal agents have been sent to Kenosha. A White House official said Sunday that “without President Trump’s leadership, Kenosha and its citizens would still live in fear”.
Mr Trump said Saturday that he was “likely” to visit Kenosha and praised the actions of the National Guard: “Within minutes of the guard, everyone was cleaning up and it was safe.”
In the last weekTrump and the Republicans pushed for a message of law and order. Speakers included , the St. Louis couple who was caught in a viral video showing guns aimed at protesters, and , whose husband was killed on a violent night after protests in St. Louis in June.
Vice President Mike Pence said four more years of the Trump administration would “bring law and order to the streets of America for every American of every race, creed and color.”
Mr Trump stressed that the GOP “strongly” condemns the looting, arson and violence in Wisconsin and elsewhere, and strongly denounces violence in major US cities.where he deployed federal law enforcement agencies this summer.
“As long as I am president, I will defend the absolute right of every American citizen to live in security, dignity and peace,” he said.
Nikole Killion contributed to this report.