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Trump visits Kenosha

by Rachel Lynn Aldrich
Posted 9/01/20, 05:40 pm

During a trip to Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, President Donald Trump condemned local and state Democratic leaders for how they handled recent riots in the city. Gov. Tony Evers asked the president not to come out of concern his visit would spark more violence. Protests in Kenosha after the Aug. 23 police shooting of Jacob Blake quickly grew into riots that devastated parts of downtown.

What did the president do during his visit? He toured damaged areas of downtown and saw a high school the city converted into a law enforcement command post. He praised the local police response but has continued to criticize leaders in Kenosha, as well as Portland, Ore., for turning down his offer to send federal law enforcement to help. “They just don’t want us to come in, and then destruction is done,” he said. “These governors don’t want to call and the mayors don’t want to call. They have to ask.”

Dig deeper: Read Anna Johansen’s report on her visit to Kenosha.

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Rachel Lynn Aldrich

Rachel is an assistant editor for WORLD Digital. She is a Patrick Henry College and World Journalism Institute graduate. Rachel resides with her husband in Wheaton, Ill.

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    Posted: Wed, 09/02/2020 08:56 pm

    "Gov. Tony Evers asked the president not to come out of concern his visit would spark more violence."

    By saying what he did, the people who riot will have another excuse, and Evers can blame it on Trump. 

  • KW
    Posted: Thu, 09/03/2020 04:12 pm

    I think it was on yesterday's "World and Everything In It" that this visit was mentioned. I thought it was interesting that the reporter noted that Trump did not meet with the Blake family because they required that an attorney be present.  Today on a quick NPR update, that reporter mentioned Biden's visit and that he met with the Blake family. The reporter said, "Trump visited, but did not meet with the family." Full stop--no mention of the attorney requirement. 

    I'm curious now to know if the family had made this requirement for Biden. Does anyone have that information?