- President Donald Trump is slated to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday in the wake of protests that erupted after police shot and wounded Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man.
- White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters that Trump is set to meet with local law enforcement and “survey damage from recent riots,” AFP reported.
- The president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump also scheduled a meeting with Blake’s family while he’s in Wisconsin.
- After a week of tensions in the city, the Associated Press reported that Trump’s visit is sure to “exacerbate tensions” in Kenosha, and Democratic Rep. Karen Bass criticized the trip as designed to “agitate things and to make things worse.”
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President Donald Trump is slated to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday, just over one week after police shot and wounded Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black man.
The White House announced the visit to reporters late Saturday, and White House spokesman Judd Deere specified that Trump will meet with local law enforcement and “survey damage from recent riots,” AFP reported.
The president’s daughter-in-law Lara Trump said on “Fox News Sunday” that Trump is set to meet with Blake’s family while he’s in Wisconsin.
However, the status of those plans is unclear, as an attorney for the Blake family, Ben Crump, said on CBS’ “Face the Nation” that they had not been contacted to meet with Trump.
“We will see,” Crump said about a possible meeting with the president, before adding that the family had already met with Democratic nominee Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, who spoke with them “for about an hour.”
One day after Blake’s father joined at least 1,000 other protesters in Kenosha, Crump said his parents are “focused on trying to march for their son because he’ll never be able to stand up for himself unless a miracle happens”
Blake was shot in the back seven times by an officer while standing in the driver’s door of a car with his children inside after police had initially responded to a domestic dispute.
Blake was hospitalized after the incident, and his family and attorney have since confirmed he is paralyzed.
The protests in Kenosha coincided with the Republican National Convention, where Trump and his allies repeatedly touted a “law and order” vision for the country. Speeches at the convention often bashed protesters in Portland, Oregon, where demonstrations that began as peaceful gatherings against police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death descended into violent clashes with National Guard agents deployed to the city by Trump’s administration.
The Associated Press reported that the visit is sure to “exacerbate tensions” in Kenosha, where more than 1,000 National Guard soldiers were on the ground, Reuters reported.
Democratic Rep. Karen Bass echoed that concern of tensions on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, where she said Trump’s trip has “one purpose and one purpose only, and that is to agitate things and to make things worse.”
—State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 30, 2020
Earlier in the week, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers had declared a state of emergency on Tuesday and implemented an 8 p.m. local time curfew.
Two Kenosha police officers have been placed on administrative leave in the wake of the shooting, which is currently being investigated by the Wisconsin Justice Department’s criminal division in coordination with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.