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Politics Trump heads to politically crucial Wisconsin amid violence, racial unrest

14:45  01 september  2020
14:45  01 september  2020 Source:   reuters.com

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Mr Trump is set to visit the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin , on Tuesday amid anger there over the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake. Mr Trump has blamed Portland's Democratic Mayor Ted Wheeler for violence in the city, and suggested that he will send in federal forces.

For Donald Trump 's America-on-fire campaign strategy to work, he needs violence to boil in cities right up until Election Day, or at least for enough voters to On Monday, Biden left his campaign-from-home bubble in Delaware to travel to Pittsburgh to parry Trump 's attacks amid increasing nervousness

By Jeff Mason

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Despite entreaties to stay away, President Donald Trump heads to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Tuesday to highlight his "law and order" campaign theme in a city upended by protests after the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer.

The Republican president, who is running for re-election against Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, has seen his polling gap with the former vice president narrow amid ongoing protests over racial injustice and resulting violence.

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Trump heads to Kenosha, Wisconsin amid riots; Peter Doocy reports. "This president long ago forfeited any moral leadership in this country. He can't stop the violence – because for years he But Biden’s decision to speak from Pennsylvania – another crucial swing state – appears to be a move to

Joe Biden excoriated President Trump for abandoning “moral leadership” and fomenting violence during remarks he Crucial quote. After being criticized for not more forcefully pushing back on the violence that has broken out Trump is expected to visit Wisconsin on Tuesday, even though Gov.

Last week's Republican National Convention portrayed Biden as a leader whose policies would create further chaos in the streets. Biden and fellow Democrats have made clear that the violence is happening under Trump's watch and accuse him of fomenting it with divisive rhetoric.

Trump's trip to Wisconsin, a political battleground state that he won narrowly in 2016, gives him a chance to emphasize his police-friendly pitch in a state he hopes to keep in his column in the Nov. 3 election.

Trump has lauded the National Guard for helping to quell violence in Kenosha and has offered to send federal assistance to other cities such as Portland, Oregon, which has experienced three months of protests. The president has not made a recent visit to Oregon, a state that traditionally supports Democrats in presidential elections.

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JUST WATCHED. Bash pushes Wisconsin GOP senator on violence in Kenosha. Biden is meanwhile accusing the President of inciting unrest and dividing the country for political gain. The implication of Trump 's attacks is that there is a binary choice between supporting law enforcement

Trump on Monday more broadly declined to condemn his supporters for their actions amid unrest in Critics have long accused the president of encouraging violence , with Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden saying in recent days that Trump believes more unrest benefits him politically .

Biden, who is ahead in national polls but has seen that advantage slip, leads Trump in Wisconsin, according to an average of polls by RealClearPolitics.

On Monday he called for rioters and looters to be prosecuted while slamming Trump for a lack of moral leadership.

Protesters have destroyed businesses in Kenosha, the latest city where demonstrations against racism and excessive use of force by police have led to violence that both political parties have condemned but that Republicans have sought to blame on Democrats.

While in Kenosha Trump intends to survey the damage from the protests and meet with law enforcement officials and business owners, but he is not scheduled to meet with the family of Jacob Blake, who was paralyzed from the waist down after the shooting.

The state's governor and the city's mayor both urged Trump not to come to Kenosha to avoid inflaming tensions and allow its citizens to heal, but the president dismissed that request.

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Lara Trump , daughter-in-law and campaign adviser, later told Fox that the violence is bringing voters to Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is pleading with the President to stay away because he When a caravan of armed Trump supporters headed to Portland this weekend, undoubtedly

Trump has used social media to deepen the country’s divisions — often with misleading statements — rather than playing the more traditional role of uniter in chief during times of civil unrest . That, Biden and his supporters argue, is a bit of messaging jujitsu, because the unrest is roiling Trump ’s America.

"I have to see the people that did such a good job for me," Trump told reporters at the White House on Tuesday.

Trump said he would not meet with Blake's relatives because of a request that lawyers be involved. He also defended a white teenager who shot three demonstrators during street skirmishes with a semi-automatic rifle, killing two of them.

"Tonight, the president declined to rebuke violence. He wouldn't even repudiate one of his supporters who is charged with murder because of his attacks on others. He is too weak, too scared of the hatred he has stirred to put an end to it," Biden said in a statement late on Tuesday.

Trump accused Biden of giving "moral aid" to vandals and siding with left-leaning, violent activists.

(Reporting by Jeff Mason; Editing by Cynthia Osterman)


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In Kenosha, Trump blames 'political violence' on 'radical ideology' .
Wisconsin officials asked Trump not to visit because he would only further inflame tensions."To stop the political violence we most also confront the radical ideology that includes this violence," Trump said at a roundtable discussion on community safety. "Reckless far-left politicians continue to push the destructive message that our nation and our law-enforcement are oppressive or racist.

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