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Trump Is Heading to Kenosha

President will visit city amid protests over police shooting of Jacob Blake in the back
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2020 5:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – President Trump will travel to Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, amid fury over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in the back, which left the 29-year-old Black man paralyzed. White House spokesman Judd Deere told reporters aboard Air Force One on Saturday that Trump will be meeting with law enforcement officers and “surveying” some of the damage from recent protests that turned destructive, reports the AP. CNN notes that Deere wouldn't confirm if the president would meet with the family of Blake, saying that the schedule isn't fully set yet. The visit is certain to exacerbate tensions in the city, where a crowd of about 1,000 demonstrators, led by Blake's family, gathered outside a courthouse Saturday to denounce police violence and racism.

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When asked earlier Saturday if he would visit, Trump said this: "Probably so. We've had tremendous success as you know. We were finally able to get the go ahead from the local authorities to send in the National Guard. Within a few minutes of the guard, everybody cleared out and it became safe." Trump has been running his reelection campaign on a law-and-order mantle, denouncing protesters as “thugs" while voicing his support for police, and CNN notes that Wisconsin is an important swing state. Joe Biden and his running mate, Kamala Harris, have accused Trump of rooting for unrest in Wisconsin. "He views this as a political benefit,” Biden said in an MSNBC interview. “He’s rooting for more violence, not less." Kenosha Police Officer Rusten Sheskey and two other officers were responding to a domestic abuse call last Sunday when Sheskey shot Blake in the back seven times.

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