President Trump on Tuesday gave information about the recent riots and the damage caused by the looting in Kainos, Wis. – Visited property damaged by violence, destroyed “anti-American” riots and promised to help rebuild destroyed businesses.
The president announced $ 1 million to Kenosha law enforcement “so you have extra money to go out and do what you want to do.” He announced $ 4 million to support local businesses affected by the violence and $ 42 million to support public safety statewide – including support from law enforcement and prosecutors.
“We’re going to fix it, we’re going to help people rebuild their businesses in Kenosha … we’re straightening it out,” Trump told reporters.
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He, along with Attorney General William Barr and Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wold, toured the area, including the smoke-smelled building. He spoke with members of law enforcement as he toured the site, as well as six people who lost their businesses during the riots.
“Kenosha was devastated by police and anti-American riots,” he said at a roundtable with law enforcement and business owners after visiting an emergency operations center.
“These are not peaceful protests, but domestic terror,” he said.
Trump’s visit was also met with protesters, with a large group passing a motorcycle with their fingers raised in the middle of the president.
Trump’s visit as he seeks to present a strict-on-crime approach and contrast it with Democratic presidential rival Joiden.
“To prevent political violence, we must also confront the radical ideology that this violence entails. Careless far-left politicians continue the disastrous message that our nation and our law enforcement are oppressive or racist – they throw every word Will give. Comes to them, ”he said at the round table conference.
The visit draws on the objections of local Democrats, with the government Tony Evers, who has deployed the National Guard to help curb violence, said Trump’s presence would “only hinder our treatment.”
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“I am concerned that your presence will only delay our work to reverse division and move forward together,” he said in a letter to Trump ahead of the visit.
Trump has since praised the deployment of the National Guard, which he said was a turning point to end the chaos.
He tweeted on Tuesday morning, “Six days before the violence stopped, the guards entered the picture.” He said in Kenosha that if more states deploy the National Guard, it will be over very quickly.
His visit took a distinctly pro-police tone, stating that the police had been placed under “tremendous pressure”.
He said, “They have a quarter of a second to decide, and if they make a wrong decision, they either die, or they are in big trouble – and people have to understand that, ” They said .
Jacob Blake’s shooting last week sparked protests and riots – some demonstrators cite another example of police brutality against black men. Videos seen on social media show an officer shooting at Blake as he arrived in his vehicle, where Wisconsin officials later said a knife was found. According to his father, the shooting paralyzed Blake.
During the protests during the shooting, police, a 17-year-old Illinois supporter, are accused of shooting two people and injuring a third. Kyle Rittenhouse faces a murder charge in the shootout; His lawyer has claimed self-defense.
Trump said on Monday that it appeared Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.
“It was an interesting situation,” Trump said during a press conference. He was trying to get away from them, I think, it seems, and he fell. And then they attacked him very violently. … that was a big problem. It would have been – you might have been killed. ”
Protests and riots have occurred in several US cities over the summer since the death of George Floyd in police custody in Minnesota in May. But violence may have an electoral effect in Wisconsin, an important swing state. Polls in recent times suggest that Biden’s leadership on Trump has intensified.
The president has repeatedly warned that unrest in Democratic-run cities will only intensify when Biden is elected in November.
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On Monday, Biden traveled to Pittsburgh, where he targeted Trump’s approach to the issue, asking, “Does anyone believe there will be less violence in America if Donald Trump is tempted again?”
He alleged that “this President had long ago renounced any moral leadership in this country. He cannot stop the violence – because over the years he has thwarted it … the fire is burning and we have a president who watches the flames instead of fighting the flames. ”
Fox News’ Paul Steinhauser and The Associated Press contributed to this report.