U.S. President Donald Trump went head on into Americas latest ‘volcanic eruption’, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, over alleged racial injustice, over opposition from local leaders.
On his arrival in Kenosha, Wisconsin, his motorcade passed a mix of supporters and protesters, some carrying placards marked Black Lives Matter. While police were stationed, roadblocks were set up in an effort to keep viewers away from the president’s passing cars.
Donald Trump said:
“Violence has stopped since the time the National Guard came — literally when they set their foot on this location it stopped.”
The White House said Trump would not reunite with Blake’s family. Blake’s family planned a “public celebration” on Tuesday, to coincide with Trump’s visit.
Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been plagued by protests since the August 23 shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot 7 times by police, as he got into a car, while trying to arrest him.
The night before his visit, Trump defended a young supporter accused of shooting dead two men in a protest in Kenosha last week and accused Democrat Joe Biden of siding with “anarchists” in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Trump, meanwhile, reiterated that he blamed powerful extremists who were motivated and supported by Biden. But when asked about one of his supporters who was accused of killing two men during protests in Kenosha, Trump denied any wrongdoing and suggested that 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was defending himself.
Biden, in his direct attack, accused Trump earlier on Monday of creating divisions that led to violence.
Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wisc., said:
“This President has not provided leadership that unites people and he has a bad habit of being divisive, which is not what the Kenosha community and Wisconsin wants or needs. I want President Trump to do what Jacob Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson, has asked every American to do – examine your heart.”