Words are flying on Capitol Hill over the Kenosha protests and President Trump's planned visit to the city on Tuesday. First off, Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said Sunday that Trump's trip to Kenosha would only fan the flames lit by Jacob Blake's shooting and the days of unrest that have followed:
- Barnes: "You look at the incendiary remarks that the president has made, they centered an entire convention around creating more animosity and creating more division around what is going on in Kenosha," Barnes said on CNN's Inside Politics. "So, I don't know how" he intends his visit "to be helpful," Barnes added. "And we absolutely don't need that right now."
- The White House: "What was the Lt. Governor's solution to the recent riots in Kenosha?" a White House official told CNN in response. "Without the leadership of President Trump, Kenosha and its citizens would still be living in fear."
- Mayor Antaramian: "Realistically, from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time," Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian said on NPR's Weekend Edition. He added that the problem is not locals rioting, but "people coming from outside the area and causing a great deal of damage and destruction."
- Sen. Ron Johnson: "You allow for peaceful protesters, but you don't allow—you don't allow peaceful protests to turn siege into siege," the Wisconsin lawmaker said on State of the Union when pressed about the actions of alleged shooter Kyle Rittenhouse. "Listen, I don't want to see anybody lose their life. .... I condemn it all."
- Judd Deere: "The only people to blame for the violence and riots in our streets are liberal politicians and their incompetent policies that have failed to get control of these destructive situations," the White House deputy press secretary told CNN.
- Sen. Amy Klobuchar: "I have long condemned looting, violence, threats," she said on ABC's This Week, per the Hill. "That's not peaceful protests. And I don't care who's engaging in it, you condemn it. And, of course, Joe Biden has clearly condemned it."
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