Washington, D.C. — The president has made “law and order” a central theme of his reelection pitch.
As his outgoing counselor Kellyanne Conway said this week, the White House believes the president stands to benefit politically from the unrest in American cities.
Portland, Oregon, marked 100 straight days of protests this week and Kenosha, Wisconsin, has experienced both peaceful protests and deadly violence in the wake of the Jacob Blake police shooting.
But as the president makes his case, he and his administration are getting many of the facts wrong, often in ways that could stoke political and racial division, and in some cases might actually be counterproductive to efforts to keep law and order on the ground.
Welcome back to Fact Check Friday.
Before President Trump left for Kenosha this week, Wisconsin’s Democratic Gov. Tony Evers asked him not to come, saying it would “only hinder our healing.”
White House spokesman Judd Deere responded, saying, “The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the President’s visit and are longing for leadership to support local law enforcement and businesses that have been vandalized.”
But when one owner of a burned out business in Kenosha declined to appear with the president, the White House instead asked the store’s previous owner to show up – and Trump falsely identified him as the current owner.
“John Rode, III, owner of Rode’s Camera Shop,” the president said, introducing the previous owner, who went on to praise the president.
A local news report revealed Rode actually sold that shop some years back.
In an interview with the local TV affiliate, current owner Tom Gram explained that he declined a White House invitation to appear alongside Trump because he didn’t want to be part of what he felt would be a White House photo op. Read More…………..