Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, responding to criticism from President Donald Trump, has decided to pay a visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Thursday, a city ravaged by violent Black Lives Matter “protests” that have left one Trump supporter murdered in cold blood.
The former vice president, along with his wife, have called for a community meeting in the city to “bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face,” according to his campaign.
Biden has criticized President Trump’s handling of tensions in Kenosha, which erupted after Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer during an arrest. Blake was suspected of having a knife, according to initial reports. A white Illinois 17-year-old was then charged with first-degree intentional homicide after he allegedly shot two protesters dead and seriously injured another as demonstrators took to Kenosha’s streets to express their anger over racial injustice and police brutality.
Biden’s plans, a change of pace from his light schedule during the coronavirus pandemic, follow Trump’s visit to the critical battleground state on Monday. During his trip, made over objections from local leaders such as Gov. Tony Evers, Trump surveyed damage caused during the riots but didn’t meet with the Blake family. Instead, he used a consultation event to voice his support for law enforcement.
“If they make the wrong decision, one way or another, they’re either dead or they’re in big trouble,” the president said. “And people have to understand that. They choke sometimes.”
Biden’s team swung back saying that “Trump failed once again to meet the moment” ahead of the election in November.
“While disappointing to every American, this sad display comes as no surprise,” Kate Bedingfield, a spokesperson for Biden, said in a written statement. “The Trump administration has outright confessed that they see violence as a winning electoral strategy, nevermind the cost to everyday Americans. Trump cannot bring himself to condemn violence that he himself is stoking.”
This, of course, is going to come off as truly insincere on behalf of the Biden campaign, seeing as how they never even considered paying a visit to Kenosha until Trump did and then criticized them for not doing it.
It’s the ultimate slap in the face to the residents who are suffering and losing their businesses at the hands of angry mobs. This is probably not going to go over very well.