Capitol Notes: Trump Plans Visit To Kenosha Tuesday Despite Pleas To Stay Away

Aug 31, 2020

President Trump is expected to visit Kenosha Tuesday, nine days after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.  Trump's appearance happens among pleas from Gov. Tony Evers and Kenosha Mayor John Antaramian not to come to the city.

A Kenosha police officer shot Blake in the back seven times, leaving the African American man paralyzed from the waist down. The shooting sparked daily protests, as well as looting and the burning of businesses — much of which officials blame on outsiders. And on the third night of demonstrations, a 17-year-old from Illinois, openly carrying a rifle, shot and killed two protesters.

At the Republican National Convention last week, Trump repeated a campaign theme that violent protests in cities run by Democrats will continue if Joe Biden is elected president. During Trump’s trip to Kenosha, he’ll survey damage from the arson and vandalism, and meet with law enforcement officials.

In this week’s Capitol Notes, Marti Mikkelson asked JR Ross of wispolitics.com how Trump has been talking about the developments in Kenosha.