Donald Trump’s Tweet About the National Guard in Kenosha Riles up Social Media

by Caroline Bynum

Donald Trump tweeted out a proclamation of success on Friday, announcing the slowing of violence in Kenosha. Protests have covered the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin after Jacob Blake, a Black 29-year-old, was shot in the back by a police officer on August 23. President Trump has not tweeted about the shooting but has been clear in his objection to the protests.

The National Guard was sent into Kenosha on August 26 following the protest’s violent turn that left cars ablaze and buildings destroyed. They even turned deathly: two protestors were shot and murdered by a 17-year-old.

Trump tweeted another Kenosha tweet following his announcement of “success” in the early hours of Saturday. In it, he further emphasizes his stance that the National Guard quieted the angry town. “That’s the way it works,” he says.

Though he has not commented on either shooting, President Trump’s tweets about the National Guard’s presence in Kenosha have received many replies from both sides of the aisle.