Politics Kenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020
'Tactical parade' rides across Utah town waving guns and flags for Constitution Day
A "tactical parade" featuring plenty of guns and "Trump 2020" gear rode through St. George Thursday as part of a Constitution Day event.Some 75 vehicles participated in the parade, which was organized by the same right-wing group that led an anti-mask rally outside a school district building several weeks ago that led to international attention over a viral video that drew jokes from Jimmy Kimmel and others.
After the 2016 presidential election, MSNBC sent Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) on a tour of "Trump Country." The trip included a stop in Kenosha, Wisc.Democrats wondered, "why had the former union stronghold had flipped?" For a blip in political time, the national media came to Kenosha. They came back for the shooting of Jacob Blake and the civil unrest that followed. The spotlight is moving on but the far-flung Chicago exurb, with a poverty rate of nearly 18 percent, will be important again in November 2020.
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The country where the virus is thought to have emerged rarely reports daily case counts in the hundreds since the spring. But at what cost?On March 19, China's National Health Commission announced that the 34 new cases it had to report were all from overseas. This milestone indicated it had succeeded in controlling the virus, which was first recognized in the central Chinese city of Wuhan, Hubei province, late last year.
When candidate Trump visited Kenosha in 2016, Michael Moore remarked that he was using "very desperate working class people as his props." Even Bernie Sanders attributed President Trump's win to. Republicans would likely find these statements full of condescension - evidence of the Democrats' disdain for "real America." Still, the idea of Kenosha as a town in decline helps explain some of the attention it received after 2016. Towns like it helped power Trump's victory.
Kenosha is a county of just over 150,000 in the southern part of Wisconsin. It's the last stop on a slow train line from Chicago and it's not all misery. Kenosha lies along the beautiful shores of Lake Michigan. Chicagoans keep their boats there and kids attend sailing school in the summer. The downtown is populated by the mom-and-pop shops of a by-gone era. The ice cream store employs teenagers. The consignment shop is full of baby clothes and toys. Wisconsin is notoriously cold and Kenosha's one downtown street is decorated with ice sculptures in the winter.
Trump Supporter Who Pointed Shotgun at BLM Protest Outside His Home Arrested
Police were first called after reports that a 56-year-old man from Milwaukee had threatened to physically harm his neighbor while wielding a chainsaw. The suspect was arrested for disorderly conduct while armed.A day later, officers were dispatched to a Black Lives Matter demonstration outside the suspect's home.While officers were monitoring the protest they were notified that the suspect was inside his home standing by a window and that the suspect "motioned the long gun as if he chambered a round and then pointed the gun at the crowd.
There used to be a Chrysler engine plant in Kenosha. It closed in 2010 and took its union jobs and quality of life with it. The blue-collar (white) men of Kenosha lost their place in the social order. Much has been written about this phenomenon: globalization, the anguish that comes with waning privilege, and possible policy fixes., the fortunes of white working-class Kenosha residents could determine the president's fortunes as well.
Like in America as a whole, Kenosha's residents of color are poorer on average than the town's white residents. While the going was good at Chrysler, discrimination kept Black men (and women) out of the best union jobs. The 2016 post-mortem. In fairness, most of Kenosha County is white - about 84 percent. Still, Black people are the most reliably Democratic demographic and . Only in the wake of a national reckoning on racial injustice did black people gain a prominent place in Kenosha's public narrative.
Probe of Jacob Blake police shooting in final stages, says Wisconsin AG
Investigators in Wisconsin said Monday they are in the final stages of their probe of last month's shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer. Wisconsin Attorney General Josh Kaul and Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley announced that retired Madison Police Chief Noble Wray will analyze their report of the Aug. 23 incident and provide further input before any charges are made.
For residents, the push for policing reform has been long-term and sometimes crosses racial lines.. Bell Jr. was shot in the head, at point-blank range, while his mother and sister watched. An officer wrongly thought that Bell Jr. was grabbing for his gun. The Kenosha Police Department cleared the officers of wrongdoing within 48 hours. Bell Jr. was white as is his father. After 10 years of advocacy, Bell Sr. helped mandate outside investigations of officer-involved shootings in Wisconsin. Commenting on the everybody-knows-everybody nature of small towns, a local reporter from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel asked of Kenosha Police Department's investigation, "so, if you know this officer, if you've worked with him before, can you really be objective in terms of evaluating that shooting? And is it proper for the police to be policing themselves?"
The shooting of Jacob Blake brought these questions back to the fore. This time, with a needed focus on racial justice. When Ahmaud Arbery was shot on a quiet Georgia street lined with the state's beautiful Spanish moss, the shooters had worked in law enforcement. They knew so many people in the district attorney's office that. Just as factory jobs have gone abroad throughout the rust belt, small towns with a core group of law enforcement and prosecutorial officials are everywhere. Such arrangements rarely benefit the less privileged. The problems of Kenosha are all across America. Now, Black Lives Matter has come to these small places as well as larger cities. It's a reckoning with political implications.
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“What are these militias, and where did they come from?” Many Americans wonder.Rittenhouse's lawyer describes him as "a minuteman protecting his community when the government would not." Apparently, the attorney does not realize that his defendant lives in Antioch, Ill., and is a 17-year - he cannot legally own a firearm in either state. Furthermore, Wisconsin law prohibits individuals without training or authority performing an official function, such as policing.
Kenosha will be a good bellwether in 2020. If the discussion around racial justice is enough to bring more Democrats to the polls, this could outweigh Trump's popularity with the white working-class protagonists of the media's globalization narrative.
A Democratic mayor represents Kenosha City. In 2012, the county went to Obama by a margin of nearly 12 percent and former Rep. Paul Ryan's Democratic challenger by 7 percent. The margin was even wider for Obama in 2008. Butcould hamper turnout efforts in the black community and voter ID requirements are still in effect. Further, fires and unrest in Kenosha City may .
Democrats face a battle to close the .3 percent gap in Kenosha.in Wisconsin. . If Democrats lose Kenosha, they'll probably lose the state.
Heather James is an assistant professor of political science at the Borough of Manhattan Community College (CUNY). She is a former resident of Kenosha, Wisc.
Kyle Rittenhouse's mom reportedly received a 'standing ovation' from the crowd at a Republican event in Wisconsin .
Kyle Rittenhouse faces multiple felony charges, including homicide, after shooting three people at a Jacob Blake demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin."Standing ovation from Waukesha County GOP women for my special guests, @CaliKidJMP & Wendy Rittenhouse, Kyle's mom," conservative social-media figure and commentator Michelle Malkin said in a tweet, adding she "was able to talk to Kyle by phone & THANK HIM for his courage!"