KENOSHA, Wis. (SPECTRUM NEWS) — President Donald Trump visited Kenosha on TUesday, speaking with business owners and law enforcement, following nights of civil unrest after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Despite concern from the governor and mayor, Trump remained committed to traveling to the city. Residents of the community have mixed feelings about the president’s visit to their city.
The Kenosha curfew will still be in effect for the rest of this week.
Here are updates as they come in:
10:00 a.m. On Thursday, September 3, Jill and Joe Biden will travel to Wisconsin. Vice President Biden will hold a community meeting in Kenosha to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face. After, Vice President Biden and Dr. Biden will make a local stop.
3:24 p.m. The Kenosha community is continuing to come together to try and rebuild. Check out this moment our Angie Angers and Adam Vance caught on camera.
2:42 p.m. Trump ends the roundtable and says he is returning to the airport.
2:37 p.m. Trump says that while there are bad apples in the police department, he does not think law enforcement is a place of systemic racism.
“I have the endorsement of so many… I think they want to do the right thing,” he says.
When asked if he thinks systemic racism overall is a problem in the country, Trump says the focus should be on rioters, looters and agitators. He supports peaceful protests but does not think there is much if it going on, after seeing the damage in Kenosha.
“It’s not a peaceful protest, and you shouldn’t call it a peaceful protest,” he says.
A reporter points out that people want structural change, to which Trump responds that everyone, whether protesting or not, wants change. “They want law and order… they want great police force. They want people who are going to keep them safe,” he says.
2:35 p.m. When asked if he thinks all law enforcement officers whould wear body cams, he bounces the question to Barr, Miskinis and Beth who all share sentiments of support. Beth says their budget will allow for them in 2021.
2:33 p.m. “I feel terribly for anybody who goes through that… It’s under investigation. It’s a big thing happening right now… I hope they come up with the right answer. It’s a complicated subject… I didn’t get to speak to the mother. I heard she’s a fine woman… If we can help, we’re going to help,” Trump says when asked what he would like to say to Blake’s family.
2:27 p.m. Trump invites a community pastor to recite a prayer at the roundtable discussion.
“Until we can change the hearts of people, we’ll have to continue to build bigger jails and build bigger prisons…” he says the country must also focus on moral and spiritual law, not just civil law. He wants people to focus on love and Jesus’ teachings.
2:24 p.m. Chief Daniel Miskinis equates the attacks on law enforcement and “small town America” to war-level tactics.
He says criticsm of police isn’t bad, but attacking them in the way that he and his officers have been attacked the last week or so, is harmful.
Trump is complimentary of both Miskinis and Beth.
2:20 p.m. Beth also shows high praise for Trump and his support for his team.
2:15 p.m. Sen. Ron Johnson says the vast majority of Americans, and Wisconsinites, are appreciative of law enforcement. He thanks the President for showing his support for the city and law enforcement by making this visit.
Rep. Bryan Steil says he called Trump on Tuesday. He also shares his appreciation for Trump providing resources and working to restore public safety in Kenosha.
2:11 p.m. Kenosha’s mayor says no one tried to break into his residence last night.
2:10 p.m. Attorney General William Barr says the violence that happened in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake can’t be tolerated. He notes that out of 175 arrests, about 100 were from out of town.
Barr says that Wisconsin is an example of local, state and federal leaders and law enforcement coming together to create peace.
“We can achieve results,” he says.
2:02 p.m. Evers says Wisconsin is offering no-interest loans to Kenosha businesses.
1:50 p.m. Trump’s roundtable starts. He thanks all levels of law enforcement. He tells business owners he will be giving them help.
- “That’s a very complete rebuild,” Trump says to a business owner who’s store has been in the community for more than 100 years.
- Trump says if Evers had been more responsive from the beginning, this may not even be an issue, but he does again reiterate that Evers is doing a better job handling this than how he thinks other state’s governors would have responded.
- City leaders are sharing their grattitude with the President for caring about Kenosha like it was any other prominent city.
- Trump calls violent protesters “domestic terrorists.”
- He says we must give additional support to law enforcement, calling them “incredible” people. “We can’t be threatening them… We have to have our law enforcement.”
- “We have to condemn the anti-police rhetoric,” he says. He says “the system” will take care of any bad apples. He goes on to say, that some officers can make “bad decisions” when under extreme pressure to make life or death calls in less than a second. He wants the public to understand that.
- “There was love on the streets,” Trump says of Wisconsin.
- “I’m committed to helping Kenosha rebuild,” he says. One million dollars will be given to Kenosha law enforcement. Another four million dollars will be given to local Kenosha businesses to help them get back on their feet. 42 million dollars will go to Wisconsin public safety statewide to assist in variety of ways.
- “We’re here for you all the way… I really came to thank law enforcement,” he says in response to state leaders asking him to not make the visit.
1:38 p.m. Trump visits a store that has been burned to the ground and is under security protection. He tells the store owners, ”We’re going to help them; we’re going to help them a lot.”
He also compliments local law enforcement that occupy space near the property. “These gentlemen did a fantastic job,” he says pointing to sheriffs officers.
He affirms his monetary committment to the city, and says money will be coming. “We’ll help you rebuild.”
Trump continues to say he likes Wisconsin and its people overall. “This is a great area, a great state.”
1:25 p.m. Trump stops to meet with law enforcement prior to his roundtable discussion at Bradford High School. He again says the National Guard has been successful, and thanks both them and law enforcement. While he says he wishes Gov. Evers had taken additionall assitance Monday of last week, but says he is a better governor than those of some other states, and is supportive overall.
Meanwhile, anti- and pro-Trump groups are gathering throughout the county to either protest or show support for the President and his visit.
1:09 p.m. The President is in Kenosha, meeting with local business owners. Many of the business owners he’s speaking to today are attempting to rebuild storefronts after protests last week.
12:45 p.m. Vice President Pence announces plans to come to Wisconsin on Labor Day. He’s expected to address employment rates under the Trump-Pence administration.
12:34 p.m. Trump is en route to Wisconsin. We will join him on his visit once he arrives.
12:26 p.m. Trump says he will be making multiple stops today to help people rebuild after the damage that has been done in the past week. He says violence has stopped since the National Guard was mobilized in Wisconsin.
12:16 p.m. President Trump touches down at Waukegan National Airport. Senator Johnson is there to greet the President as soon as he gets off the plane.
11:45 a.m. Rev. Jesse Jackson is standing alongside Jacob Blake’s family speaking to the media now:
11:40 a.m. Jacob Blake’s uncle speaks to media at the Justice for Jacob Blake event in Kenosha
11:05 a.m. Kenosha police are telling people to expect delays and find alternative routes while the President is here.
11:00 a.m. Justice for Jacob celebration is set to take place soon in Kenosha
10:30 a.m. U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin Statement on President Trump’s Visit to Kenosha:
“This President has not provided leadership that unites people and he has a bad habit of being divisive, which is not what the Kenosha community and Wisconsin wants or needs. I want President Trump to do what Jacob Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson, has asked every American to do – examine your heart.”
Senator Baldwin also called for President Trump to end his opposition to taking action on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, which passed the House of Representatives with bipartisan support over two months ago.
Baldwin has sponsored companion legislation in the Senate, the Justice in Policing Act of 2020, a comprehensive approach to reform policing in America that will fix and improve police training and practices, ensure transparency and accountability, and help address systemic racism and bias to help save lives.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has not allowed a vote on the House-passed George Floyd Justice in Policing Act or the Senate Justice in Policing Act of 2020.
10:40 a.m. Gov. Evers, Democrats, WEDC Announce up to $1 Million in Non-interest loans authorized to assist Kenosha businesses
Gov. Tony Evers, together with Sen. Bob Wirch, Reps. Tod Ohnstad and Tip McGuire, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), announced today businesses that suffered damage in Kenosha over the last week will be eligible for up to $20,000 each in no-interest loans to help cover repair costs.
“These funds will provide immediate aid to the businesses that suffered losses over the past week and serve as a first step toward rebuilding and healing the divisions that have caused so much fear, pain, and devastation,” said Gov. Evers “The people, businesses, and community of Kenosha are hurting, but they are strong and are looking to move forward united. We are prepared to be right there with them every step of the way as we rebuild the physical damage and address the critical issues of equity and justice in our communities and state.”
10:20 a.m. Rev. Jesse Jackson will return to Kenosha today to “urge multi-racial groups not to protest Trump’s visit but rather to engage in positive community service.”
10:15 a.m. We will have complete team coverage in Kenosha during President Trump’s visit
10:00 a.m. Congressman Bryan Steil, who represents Kenosha County in Congress, will join President Trump in Kenosha to discuss the need to heal and rebuild our community, as well as meet with workers, families, and law enforcement in Kenosha.
“President Trump answered my call when help was needed in Kenosha. Now he wants to thank the men and women who helped restore public safety in our community of Kenosha. It’s positive he is coming to thank them and to help begin the process of healing and rebuilding our community,” said Rep. Steil.
8:20 a.m. President Trump will arive in Waukegan, Ill. via Air Force One at approximately 12:25 p.m. for his trip to Kenosha.
8:12 a.m. Kenosha officials said damage to city-owned property from violence is estimated at nearly $2 million so far. The city’s public works director, Shelly Billingsley, provided the estimate Monday night on what it would cost to replace garbage trucks, street lights and traffic signals, among other things that were destroyed or damaged over the last week, according to the Associated Press. Mayor John Antaramian has said the city will request $30 million in aid from the state to help rebuild.
See our previous updates here.