Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is concerned that President Donald Trump coming to Kenosha may cause more harm than good. On Aug. 30, Evers penned a letter to the President asking him not to visit his state.
Evers, a Democrat, urged President Trump to reconsider traveling to Kenosha amid the recent police brutality protests and deadly riots. “I, along with other community leaders who have reached out, are concerned about what your presence will mean for Kenosha and our state,” Evers writes, in a letter obtained by the Associated Press. “I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing.”
Evers continues by writing: “I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together.”
The White House Responds to Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers
President Trump plans to visit Kenosha in order to assess the damage caused by the riots. Furthermore, according to White House spokesman Judd Deere, the President plans to meet with local law enforcement officers.
Deere penned a letter in response to Evers writing that the President still plans to visit Kenosha, despite the Governor’s concerns. “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 wrote, according to Fox News.
In conclusion, Deere writes, “President Trump looks forward to visiting on Tuesday and helping this great city heal and rebuild.”
In addition to Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes voiced concerns about Trump’s visit. During an interview with CNN, Barnes said, “I don’t know how, given any of the previous statements that the president made, that he intends to come here to be helpful. And we absolutely don’t need that right now.”
The protests and riots broke out in Kenosha earlier this month after a Wisconsin police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times. The shooting subsequently left Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
[H/T Fox News]