Wisconsin Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes said Sunday that President Donald Trump should not travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, this week and that his presence would not be helpful amid ongoing protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Kenosha is the latest city at the center of racial unrest after Blake, a Black man, was shot in the back seven times by a White police officer. Trump, who will visit Kenosha on Tuesday to meet with law enforcement and survey damage from protests, has blamed Democrats for violence in the city, while also promising to restore “law and order” there and in Portland, Oregon, where protesters have demonstrated against police brutality and racial injustice for more than 90 consecutive nights.
The protests were spurred by the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis in May and gained steam after last weekend’s shooting of Blake in Wisconsin.