According to Trump’s public schedule, the president’s Tuesday afternoon visit will begin with a visit to “property affected by recent riots.” He then visits a local high school and the city’s Emergency Operations Center. Before departing Kenosha, he will attend a round table conference focused on community safety.
Trump’s visit to the swing state is another attempt to continue his campaign to connect cities and states with violence driven by Democrats, to portray violence as a voter for law and order before the November election In an effort.
And Kenosha Mayor John Antramian, a Democrat, told CNN’s Pamela Brown on the “Erin Burnett Outfront” on Monday that she is disappointed that the president is coming.
“Our community has gone through a great deal and there is no time yet to play politics. We would have liked that the president waited at least one more week before coming,” Antramian said. “The president is always welcome. But at this time, it’s just the wrong time.”
The mayor gave little information about the details of the upcoming trip, but said he did not expect to be part of the discussion with Trump.
Ken Croshaw County Executive Jim Crusader has echoed similar sentiments, and Kenosa County Sheriff, David Beth, said a visit by any key person would create additional work for the department.
As Biden’s advisors are discussing a possible visit this week, a source of knowledge of the discussion said the situation remains fluid.
Antramion has stated that he too would like to wait a week before Biden’s visit.
Refuse to condemn right-wing agitators
In recent weeks, Trump has pointed to violent demonstrations several times following incidents of police violence against black people to claim that there will be such unrest if Biden is elected.
He has also largely ignored the suffering expressed nationwide by many Americans. On Monday, Trump said the demonstrations against police brutality seen across the country were not “peaceful protests”, but “chaos”.
But Trump has not accepted whether his visit could lead to right-wing vigilance and violence by agitators.
On Monday, he refused to condemn violent actions by right-wing agitators at demonstrations in Portland and Wisconsin, including 17-year-old vigilante Cantt Renhouse, who killed two protesters and wounded another in Kenosha.
Trump said Rittenhouse “probably would have been killed” had he not shot two protesters badly.
Asked if he agrees with armed vigilance like Rittenhouse, Trump said he would “like law enforcement to watch everything carefully,” but did not condemn vigilantism.
He also argued that his supporters sprayed pepper spray and a sort of firing paintball at the protesters over the weekend and were using them as a “defensive mechanism” as they rolled through the streets of Portland.
“He had a large number of people who were supporters, but it was a peaceful protest,” Trump said in response to a question by CNN’s Katelyn Collins, “and paint not – and paint as a defensive mechanism. Paint Not a bullet. “
CNN’s Nikki Carvajal, Constantin Torropin, Renee Bahrain and Arlette Sayenz contributed to this report.