President Trump announced Saturday night that he will travel on Tuesday to Kenosha, Wis., the scene of recent protests against police brutality.
A recent round of protests started this week after 29-year-old Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot seven times, allegedly by Kenosha police Officer Rusten Sheskey.
Blake’s family organized a march Saturday to the Kenosha County Courthouse where speakers included members of Blake’s family, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes, and U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis..
“My nature is to protect my son, to stand up when he cannot stand up. To ask the police in this town what gave them the right to attempt murder in my child,” Blake’s father, Jacob Blake Sr., said to the crowd outside the Kenosha County Courthouse.
“What gave them the right to think that my son was an animal?” he said.
Blake is paralyzed from the waist down, according to his family. The shooting sparked days of demonstrations that resulted in the death of two protesters last Tuesday. Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, is accused of fatally shooting two men with an AR-15-style rifle.
Trump announced he would head to Kenosha this coming Tuesday to inspect the “damage” that has been done following the protests.
When asked if he would meet with Blake’s family, Jude Deere, an administration official, told reporters Saturday night that the schedule had not yet been confirmed.
Donald Trump Jr. retweeted a message propagating the actions of Rittenhouse, which said, “Kyle Rittenhouse is a good example of why I decided to vote for Trump.”
Kyle Rittenhouse is a good example of why I decided to vote for Trump
Violent extremists were destroying people's lives for months, 30 people were killed
Democrats rejected Federal assistance every time Trump offered it
Media lied about Trump deploying "secret police"
— Tim Pool (@Timcast) August 28, 2020
“Violent extremists were destroying people’s lives for months, 30 people were killed. Democrats rejected Federal assistance every time Trump offered it. Media lied about Trump deploying “secret police,” the tweet continued. “Finally some kid from a nearby town, about 20 minutes drive, decides to go up and protect businesses and offer medical support to people, even the rioters. He was threatened and shot at.”
The criminal complaint released earlier this week did not confirm that Rittenhouse was shot at, and his victims were reportedly unarmed.
Author: Caitlin McFall
Source: Fox News: Trump going to Kenosha Tuesday