Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers asks Donald Trump to 'reconsider' planned visit to Kenosha after Jacob Blake shooting

Written by on August 30, 2020

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Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot by Kenosha, Wisconsin, police on August 19. This is an in depth timeline of occasions. USA TODAY

MILWAUKEE – President Donald Trump plans to visit Kenosha on Tuesday to fulfill with regulation enforcement and survey harm from per week of unrest within the Wisconsin metropolis, in line with a White Home pool report.

No different particulars have been instantly accessible concerning the go to, which was introduced Saturday night time. The announcement comes a day after Trump addressed the Kenosha Police Division’s capturing of Jacob Blake for the primary time.

However, on Sunday, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers despatched a letter to Trump urging him to “rethink” the go to. He stated the previous week has been “notably tough” and neighborhood throughout the state are coping with “extraordinary grief.” 

Evers stated Kenosha is “exhausted and heartbroken with the division that has ripped aside their neighborhood,” however can be working to rebuild. 

“I, together with different neighborhood leaders who’ve reached out, are involved about what your presence will imply for Kenosha and our state,” Evers wrote. “I’m involved your presence will solely hinder our therapeutic. I’m involved your presence will solely delay our work to beat division and transfer ahead collectively.” 

After a rally in New Hampshire on Friday, Trump stated of the capturing: “It was not a superb sight. I didn’t just like the sight of it, actually, and I believe most individuals would agree with that,” in line with CNN.

Trump referenced Kenosha through the Republican Nationwide Conference however didn’t make particular remarks concerning the capturing that left Blake, 29, paralyzed from the waist down after being shot seven occasions within the again at point-blank vary by Officer Rusten Sheskey on Aug. 23.

Extra: Kenosha videos of shootings prompt fierce debate over race and justice

Earlier Saturday throughout a information convention, Trump was requested if he would go to the town, and he stated “in all probability so” due to the presence of Nationwide Guard troops.

“With Kenosha it’s been in very, superb form from the second they set foot in that space,” he stated.

Nationwide Guard troops first arrived in Kenosha on Monday, however unrest endured within the metropolis the next two nights. On Tuesday night time, two folks have been shot to loss of life and a 3rd was injured. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, of Antioch, Illinois, has been charged in connection to the killings.

Extra: ‘People’s worst fears’ came alive in Kenosha: Guns, militia inject chilling dimension into protests

When requested about that capturing Saturday, Trump stated he would touch upon it in 24 to 48 hours after receiving extra info.

Kenosha has seen peaceable demonstrations in current days, persevering with into Saturday night after a Blake household march that drew 1000’s of individuals and onlookers.

In the meantime, the variety of Nationwide Guard troops in Kenosha has swelled to greater than 1,000, with troops from Michigan, Alabama and Arizona on the way in which, in line with Maj. Gen. Paul Knapp.

Evers detailed the quantity of Nationwide Guard troops and work of emergency responders in his letter to Trump. 

Evers wrote he’s involved an in-person go to from Trump “would require an enormous redirection” of useful resource to assist his go to “at a time when it’s important that we proceed to stay centered on preserving the folks of Kenosha secure and supporting the neighborhood’s response.” 

Observe Elliot Hughes  on Twitter @elliothughes12

Contributing: Jordan Culver, USA TODAY

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