President Donald Trump will continue his effort to make unrest in U.S. cities a central issue in his re-election campaign with a trip today to Kenosha, Wisc., gripped by violence since the shooting of a Black man by police late last month.Despite Governor
Ahead of his visit, Trump escalated his blame of Democrats for nationwide protests and riots, warning voters yesterday it’s a preview of what’s to come if his opponent, Joe Biden, is elected to replace him.
But Biden had already begun to fire back at the president, reminding voters yesterday in his first campaign appearance since accepting the Democratic Party’s nomination that the unrest has unfolded under Trump’s watch, and charging he’s failed to calm tensions and is encouraging violence for his political benefit.
The president is expected to meet today with local law enforcement officials and business owners whose property was damaged during demonstrations after a police officer last month repeatedly shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, in the back. Trump is making the trip against the wishes of Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, who wrote him Sunday to warn he might inflame tensions in the city.
Trump said yesterday he wouldn’t meet with Blake’s family on his visit, and that he declined to take part in a telephone call because they requested a lawyer participate. The president also announced the Department of Justice and Department of Homeland Security would mount a joint operation to investigate “left wing” civil unrest in the U.S. Read more from Justin Sink and Mario Parker.
Trump said yesterday in an interview that a plane loaded with “thugs” was headed for the Republican National Convention last week “to do big damage.” He provided few details. Read More…………..