Despite being asked not to come in fear of further stoking tensions, Trump arrived in Kenosha to show his support for local police. He was met with both protest and support in the city where police shot Jacob Blake.
Trump has sought to position himself as a supporter of law enforcement in the city and bolster his credentials as the “law and order” candidate in this year’s election. An already polarized city, a massive police presence, including armored vehicles and barricades set up along some of the city’s main streets, protected the presidential vehicles from any would-be harm. Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, who sent the national guard into Kenosha to put down the protests following the police shooting, had pleaded with Trump not to make the visit for fear of him instigating further violence. The Democratic Party nominee for the upcoming presidential election, Joe Biden, said that Trump “doesn’t want to shed light, he wants to generate heat, and he’s stoking violence in our cities. He can’t stop the violence because for years he’s fomented it.”
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