A report from Politico revealed Sunday that Democratic presidential hopeful Joe Biden will not be visiting Kenosha, Wisconsin, amid ongoing unrest there.
According to Politico, the Democrat had faced pressure to make an appearance in Kenosha after a 29-year-old Black man was shot there by police, prompting protests that have left at least two dead so far. But Biden opted instead to speak Monday in Pittsburgh, where he pushed a message of peace and claimed that President Donald Trump had “fomented” the violence, Reuters reported.
“This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country,” Biden said of Trump, according to Reuters. “He can’t stop the violence because for years he has fomented it.”
“Longing for leadership”
According to CBS News, the unrest in Kenosha, which is located about 40 miles south of Milwaukee, began late last month when 29-year-old Jacob Blake was shot in the back at least seven times by a white police officer. The shooting left Blake paralyzed, although it remains unclear if the condition is permanent, CBS notes.
Biden’s decision to skip on speaking in Kenosha following Blake’s shooting has provided a prime campaign opportunity for President Trump, who plans to visit the embattled city on Tuesday.
“The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the President’s visit and are longing for leadership to support local law enforcement and businesses that have been vandalized,” White House spokesperson Judd Deere said this week, according to Fox News.
Deere went on: “President Trump looks forward to visiting on Tuesday and helping this great city heal and rebuild.”
“Are you listening Portland?”
Biden, for his part, seems to be catching on to Trump’s law-and-order approach. In his message in Pennsylvania on Monday, the former vice president urged protesters to refrain from resorting to violence.
“Rioting is not protesting. Looting is not protesting. Setting fires is not protesting,” Biden said, according to Reuters. “It’s lawlessness, plain and simple, and those who do it should be prosecuted.”
But as even failed Democrat primary contender Marianne Williamson admitted on Sunday, Biden is all talk and little action. Meanwhile, President Trump has been putting his money — i.e., federal resources — where his mouth is.
The president announced in a tweet Wednesday that he’d be sending federal reinforcements to Kenosha to help tamp down on the violence, and it seems the move was a successful one. According to Politico, Trump wrote Friday:
Success: Since the National Guard moved into Kenosha, Wisconsin, two days ago, there has been NO FURTHER VIOLENCE, not even a small problem. When legally asked to help by local authorities, the Federal Government will act and quickly succeed. Are you listening Portland?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 28, 2020