BIDEN TRAVELS TO KENOSHA TO MEET WITH BLAKE’S FAMILY
Democratic Party presidential nominee Joe Biden will head to Wisconsin on Thursday (Friday, September 4, 2020 in Manila) to visit a city hit by unrest following a recent police shooting of a black man, Deutsche Presse-Agentur (dpa) reported late on September 3, 2020.
Biden, visiting Kenosha with his wife Jill two days after President Donald Trump travelled there, is expected to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, the black man shot seven times and left paralyzed. The shooting sparked days of unrest in the small city in the Midwestern state, during which two people were killed, though tensions have calmed in recent days. While Trump is accountable for the unrest under his watch, he accuses Biden of instigating riots.
Biden's campaign said he will also conduct a community meeting aimed at helping people "heal and address the challenges we face." The trip is an opportunity for the former vice president to challenge Trump's law-and-order campaign message and argue that the Republican incumbent, whom he has called President Tweety, is incapable of unifying the country.
Trump in his visit to Kenosha focused on the violence on the fringes of demonstrations and pledged support for law enforcement and local businesses hit by looting. He did not meet with Blake's family as Trump claimed they wanted to their lawyer present during the meeting.