UPDATE: Trump sending federal law enforcement to restore order in Wisconsin
On Wednesday, President Donald Trump announced that he is sending federal law enforcement officials and the National Guard to Kenosha, Wisconsin to put an end to days of civil unrest following a police-involved shooting.
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” Trump tweeted. “My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance…”
The president also tweeted that he will “restore LAW and ORDER!”
People in Kenosha and plenty from out of town have been rioting and protesting since the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, who was left partially paralyzed when he was shot by city police officers.
Tim Murtaugh, a spokesman for Trump’s campaign said that the shooting was “very troubling” and that the president has been in contact with local authorities.
“It is apparent to anyone who’s seen videotape of the shooting that it is a very troubling and disturbing situation,” Murtaugh said. “The president was briefed a number of times about that. It’s a very serious situation.”
Frightening video footage of the riots has taken over the national media with crowds burning cars and buildings. On Tuesday night, gunfire broke out and at least two people were killed during the violent riots. So far at least 30 fires have been set in downtown Kenosha.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) declared a state of emergency and doubled the National Guard deployment in Kenosha from 125 to 250. He initially rejected the Trump administration’s offer of federal support but according to the president’s tweet, he has now accepted it.
Murtaugh told reporters that the president supports the First Amendment and the right of people to assemble but he draws the line at violence.
“Where the president draws the line is where peaceful protesters crossed the line with outside groups like Antifa and erupt in violence,” he said. “It doesn’t serve anyone’s purpose to cause mayhem so I think that’s a great concern.”
Trump first utilized the National Guard and federal law enforcement shortly after the death of George Floyd when protesters began destroying private property and even lit a church on fire in Washington, D.C.
PHOTO: AP Photo/Morry Gash
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