WI Gov. Tony Evers To Trump Ahead of Kenosha Visit: Concerned It ‘Will Only Hinder Our Healing’

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) does not want President Donald Trump to visit the state at the moment.

The president is expected to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, and Evers wants Trump to reconsider. The visit comes after a Black man, Jacob Blake, 29, was shot in the back by a white police officer, which has since stirred unrest.

In a letter to Trump on Sunday, Evers wrote, “I write today to respectfully ask you to reconsider” Tuesday’s visit.

“I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing,” Evers bluntly wrote, adding that the president’s “presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together.”

The governor continued to express concern that a visit by the president will “require a massive re-direction” of resources “at a time when it is critical that we continue to remain focused on keeping the people of Kenosha safe and supporting the community’s response.”

Evers also noted that he has called on the state’s legislature to come together on Monday to “take up a policing accountability and transparency reform package.”

However, Trump still plans to visit Kenosha, as White House deputy press secretary Judd Deere wrote in a statement Sunday evening, “The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the President’s visit and are longing for leadership to support local law enforcement and businesses that have been vandalized.”

Deere added, “President Trump looks forward to visiting on Tuesday and helping this great city heal and rebuild.”

See the letter below:

Trump has also received push back ahead of his planned visit from Kenosha, Wisconsin, Mayor John Antaramian (D), as IJR reported.

He told NPR’s “Weekend Edition,” “Realistically, from our perspective, our preference would have been for him not to be coming at this point in time.”

Antaramian added, “All presidents are always welcome, and campaign issues are always going on. But it would have been, I think, better had he waited to have for another time to come.”

Additionally, Rep. Karen Bass (D-Calif.) said of Trump’s upcoming visit to Wisconsin, “I think his visit has one purpose and one purpose only and that is to agitate things and to make things worse.”

After he was shot seven times on August 23, Blake is paralyzed from the waist down, as his father told the Chicago Sun-Times last week.

Responses

  1. I diaagree. What the governor should do is get some community leaders, the ones organizing the actually peaceful protests, ready to talk with the president.

    If Trump refuses to meet with them, well then the American people have an answer on that. If he DOES meet with them and there’s positive progress that comes from that then who care who pushes that forward? This NEEDS a resolution sooner rather than later.

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