Moments ago, President Trump tweeted that he would be sending federal law enforcement and the national guard to Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Trump wrote “We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets. My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance (Portland should do the same!)…”
He added “…TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!”
Democrat Wisconsin governor Tony Evers has so far refused offers for additional law enforcement according to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows.
Evers tweeted moments ago:
My heart breaks for the families and loved ones of the two individuals who lost their lives and the individual who was injured last night in Kenosha. We as a state are mourning this tragedy.
Kathy and I join the people of Wisconsin in offering our condolences to these individuals, their families, and the Kenosha community.
I want to be very clear: we should not tolerate violence against any person. I’m grateful there has already been swift action to arrest one person involved. The individual or individuals whose actions resulted in this tragic loss of life must be held accountable.
A senseless tragedy like this cannot happen again. I again ask those who choose to exercise their First Amendment rights please do so peacefully and safely, as so many did last night.
I also ask the individuals who are not there to exercise those rights to please stay home and let local first responders, law enforcement, and members of the Wisconsin National Guard do their jobs.
We must turn from violence and remember that any single act of injustice against one person is less justice for us all.
We cannot let the hateful actions of a few designed to create chaos distract us from our pursuit for a more fair, equitable, and accountable state and country for Jacob Blake and the many others who deserve justice.
We must work to find strength in each other and our communities to rebuild and move our state forward, together.
One Twitter user replied “You could start by suppressing the riots. Your failure to act quickly and decisively is why people felt compelled to act on their own.”
You could start by suppressing the riots. Your failure to act quickly and decisively is why people felt compelled to act on their own.
— Jeffrey Collins (@Collinstaxacct) August 26, 2020