By Riya Lahoti
President Donald Trump visited Kenosha a few weeks back to assess the climate of riots and protests in the city; however, many city officials requested Trump not to come, as the city is still healing from the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Trump’s conclusion? “Domestic violence.” While siding with the law enforcement officers, Trump did not remark on the cause of the riots nor mention Jacob Blake, calling the violence “anti-American.”
During his visit, he talked to many small-businesses who were affected by the riots, overall linking the violence with liberals and the Democratic leaders in charge of Kenosha and Wisconsin, further questioning if Democrats should truly take his spot.
In an interview, Trump said, “Well, you know you just keep getting back to the opposite subject. We should talk about the kind of violence we’ve seen in Portland and here and other places,” when asked if systematic racism is still prevalent in America.
Presidential candidate and Vice President Joe Biden had also visited Kenosha a few days after Trump’s trip. While Trump came to assess the concluding results of many protests and riots that occurred within the city from a more economical standpoint, Biden met with Jacob Blake and his family.
Upon arrival, Biden had a private discussion with the Blake family in the airport, and later met with Jacob Blake himself on his hospital bed.
“He spent some time together with my wife. He talked about how nothing was going to defeat him. How whether he walked again or not, he was not going to give up,” Biden said.
After this meeting, the Blake family seemed happy with Biden’s visit to directly talk to them about the incident that occurred.
He then proceeded to Grace Lutheran to meet and hear from local leaders in the community such as Black Lives Matter activists, small business owners affected by the riots, law enforcement officers, etc.