WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Wisconsin’s Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes said Sunday that the state did not need President Donald Trump’s visit, following his “inflammatory remarks” over racial protests in Kenosha City.
A White House spokesman said Trump, who has taken a tough stance against racial opposition in the country, will visit Kenosha on Tuesday. Protests have begun in the city after the murder of 29-year-old black man Jacob Blake, who was shot dead by a white police officer.
“He centered an entire conference to create more animosity and create more divisions around what’s going on in Kenosha,” Barnes said on CNN.
“I don’t know how any of the previous statements given by the president, that he intends to come here to be helpful, and we don’t need that right now,” he said.
The Blake shooting, in front of his three children, turned to the latest flashpoint in a mostly white city of 100,000 people south of Milwaukee in the summer of America’s widespread demonstrations against police vandalism and racism.
Barnes also asked Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden to “step up to Mantle” and make a clear plan to address racial disparities.
Reporting by Nandita Bose in Washington; Editing by Lisa Shumaker