US President wades into racial tensions with visit to Kenosha

Vastavam web: Claiming the mantle of the law and order candidate, President Donald Trump is offering himself as the leader best positioned to keep Americans safe, a day after Democratic rival Joe Biden assailed him over the deadly protests that have sprung up on his watch. Trump is diving head-first into the latest eruption in the nation’s reckoning over racial injustice with a trip Tuesday over the objections of local leaders to Kenosha, Wisconsin, which has been riven by protests since the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back by police.

Trump has defended a teenage supporter accused of fatally shooting two men in Kenosha last week and accused the former vice president of siding with anarchists” and rioters. “I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing. I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together, Evers wrote in a letter to Trump. Trump insisted his appearance could increase enthusiasm in Wisconsin, perhaps the most hotly contested battleground state in the presidential race, as the White House said he wants to visit hurting Americans.”

He was expected to take credit for calling in the National Guard an act taken by Evers and for surging federal law enforcement to the city to restore the peace. The White House said Trump was not going to meet with Blake’s family. I am a tremendous fan of law enforcement and I want to thank law enforcement, Trump told Fox News in an interview Monday night. They’ve done a good job.”

Biden said of Trump: He 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. Trump, for his part, reiterated that he blames radical troublemakers stirred up and backed by Biden. But when he was asked about one of his own supporters who was charged with killing two men during the mayhem in Kenosha, Trump declined to denounce the killings and suggested that the 17-year-old suspect, Kyle Rittenhouse, was acting in self-defense.

After a confrontation in which he fatally shot one man, police say, Rittenhouse fell while being chased by people trying to disarm him. A second person was shot and killed. That was an interesting situation,” Trump said Monday during a news conference Monday. He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like, and he fell. And then they very violently attacked him. … He was in very big trouble. He would have been you probably would’ve been killed.

Source: PTI