Wisconsin Governor Asks Trump to “Reconsider” Kenosha Visit

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers on Sunday asked President Trump to “reconsider” his upcoming visit to Kenosha as the city continues to be roiled by protests after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot several times in the back by police last weekend. Mr. Trump’s visit will be one week after two people were shot and killed at a protest over Blake’s shooting.

“I, along with other community leaders who have reached out, are concerned about what your presence will mean for Kenosha and our state,” Evers wrote in a letter to Mr. Trump, according to CBS Milwaukee affiliate WDJT. “I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing. I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together.”

Mr. Trump is planning to visit Kenosha on Tuesday. An attorney for Jacob Blake’s family told “Face the Nation” on Sunday that the family had not been contacted about meeting Mr. Trump.

“The Blake family is very respectful of all our elected officials and as his mother says, she prays for all of our elected officials,” said attorney Benjamin Crump.

Meanwhile, a 17-year-old has been arrested and charged with two counts of first degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide for a shooting on August 25. Some in the far right have celebrated the teen, Kyle Rittenhouse, who is White, and traveled from Illinois armed with an AR-15.

Mr. Trump said on Saturday that the shooting is “under investigation” and said “we’re looking at it very, very carefully.”

Wisconsin’s lieutenant governor, Mandela Barnes, told CNN that Mr. Trump shouldn’t visit.

“They centered an entire convention around creating more animosity and creating more division around what’s going on in Kenosha,” said Barnes, a Democrat. “So I don’t know how, given any of the previous statements that the president made, that he intends to come here to be helpful, and we absolutely don’t need that right now.”

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Source: CBS