In the aftermath of the shooting of 29-year-old father and Wisconsin resident Jacob Blake, followed by the double murder committed by a 17-year-old Trump supporter who took the lives of Anthony M. Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, Donald Trump said that he intended to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin. The governor of the state, Tony Evers, is asking him to reconsider that decision.
— Jessie Opoien (@jessieopie) August 30, 2020
Unlike Trump, Evers has been on the ground in Wisconsin and knows what it happening there. He isn’t getting his information from Fox News and he isn’t spending his time drumming up fear and division on Twitter. Instead, he’s working to help his community heal from the string of tragedies, and he doesn’t need Trump’s interference.
In a letter, Governor Evers said he wanted “to respectfully ask [Trump] to reconsider” his visit:
‘These past few months, from managing a pandemic to facing entrenched racial disparities and inequities, our state—like so many others—has faced unimaginable challenges. But this past week has been particularly difficult. Kenosha and communities across Wisconsin are enduring extraordinary grief, grappling with a Black man being shot seven times and the loss of two additional lives on Tuesday night at the hands of an out-of-state armed militant…I, along with other community leaders who have reached out, are concerned about what your presence will mean for Kenosha and our state. 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.’
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers said to President Trump in a letter, "I … respectfully ask you to reconsider" visiting Kenosha this week following protests over Jacob Blake's shootinghttps://t.co/zs3jvVTG81
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So far, the president has been unable to say anything unifying or to help calm the tensions that have become so heightened in an era of growing civil unrest. Evers asked Trump politely to stay home since none of those things are possible for him and what he is good at doing isn’t helpful.
‘It is our job as elected officials to lead by example and to be a calming presence for the people we know are hurting, mourning, and trying to cope with trauma. Now is not the time for divisiveness. Now is not the time for elected officials to ignore armed militants and out-of-state instigators who want to contribute to our anguish.’
Evers said that he did not need Trump to send National Guardsman, but not because he doesn’t want to bring an end to the violence. He’s already sent National Guardsman requested in Kenosha to the scene. However, Evers wanted Trump to know that he also recognizes what the vast majority of protesters are fighting for and is dedicated to fighting with them.
‘As governor, I will continue to support the Kenosha community as well as the people across our state who are demanding police accountability and transparency reform. This work cannot wait, which is why I have called the Wisconsin legislature to come to work on Monday and take up a policing accountability and transparency reform package. I would welcome your support of these initiatives.’
Pres. Trump claims to be the law-and-order president, but he has incited violence and clashes from from Kenosha to Portland. It's part of his effort to distract from the coronavirus and promote fear of chaos among voters. Clashes are Trump's America.https://t.co/MKGphVRjq6
— Nicholas Kristof (@NickKristof) August 30, 2020