President Trump called the recent violent protests “domestic terrorism” during a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin. He toured the town following protests that covered the city. Protests were sparked on August 23 when 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot by a police officer.
The visit followed Kenosha’s governor, Tony Evers, asking Donald Trump to refrain from visiting, fearing it may “hinder our healing,” reports AP News. Evers wrote to Trump, “I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together.”
Nevertheless, the president toured around the town, seeing sights of damage from enraged protestors. After seeing the visible destruction, Trump said, “These are not acts of peaceful protest but, really, domestic terror.”
President Trump also toured a local high school that has recently “been transformed into a heavily fortified law enforcement command post,” reports AP News. He offered federal resources to the city.
He mentioned that he tried to speak with Jacob Blake’s mother, but when the family requested to have a lawyer on the line, he declined to continue the conversation. According to AP, other than the phone call, Trump seemed to pivot the conversation away from the Jacob Blake shooting or questions about racial tensions.
Trump Visits Destroyed Kenosha Business
Trump visited the owner of Rode’s Camera Shop. The 109-year-old store was burnt down in the protests. Trump spoke with John Rode III on Tuesday, highlighting the protests and saying if they had been allowed to send in National Guard “a day earlier would have saved his store.”
It is reported John Rode III sold the store eight years ago and is no longer the real owner. In fact, the real owner denied meeting with Trump at all. Tom Gram, who currently owns Rode’s Camera Store, told his local news outlet he had no desire to meet with the current President. “I think everything he does turns into a circus and I just didn’t want to be involved in it,” he told TMJ4.
Joe Biden attacked Trump’s actions during a call with donors following Trump’s visit. He said, “Violence isn’t a problem in Donald Trump’s eyes. It’s a political strategy.”