By Nikki Schwab, senior US political reporter for Dailymail.com and Shawn Cohen in Kenosha, Wisconsin, for Dailymail.com
Democratic candidate Joe Biden and his wife Jill Biden will travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin on Thursday, two days after President Donald Trump’s trip.
The Biden campaign said the former vice president “will hold a community meeting in Kenosha to bring Americans together to heal and meet the challenges we face.” Then Joe and Jill Biden will make a “local stop”.
Biden had hinted Monday after giving a speech in Pittsburgh that he was planning to visit the city of Wisconsin, where the shooting of Jacob Blake by police a week and a half ago led to protests, riots and troubles.
Biden’s campaign has already contacted Jacob Blake’s family and plans to meet with them on Thursday when he travels to Kenosha with his wife, Jill Biden, the Blake family told DailyMail.com.
“Biden contacted the family,” said Justin Blake, Blake’s uncle. “They had a phone conversation with my brother. I am sure they will make their way to meet my family.
“We want someone in the White House who will unite the whole country,” he added.
Joe Biden will travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin Thursday for a “community meeting.” During his trip to Pittsburgh on Monday, he hinted that a trip to Wisconsin was in the works
President Trump visited Kenosha on Tuesday where he investigated riot damage and held a roundtable discussion with law enforcement and local officials
“We think Biden is trying to unite all Americans. I am grateful to be able to meet him. I’ll ask him what we demand of anyone else – that there be legislation and laws protecting the safety and well-being of African Americans and that we have an economic opportunity to build our own. communities.
“We appreciate the manner and approach of his campaign,” he continued.
During his own visit to Kenosha on Tuesday, Trump did not meet the Blake family, or mention the name of the paralyzed black man.
Instead, he visited the property damage and held a roundtable discussion with law enforcement and local officials.
There, he called the rioters “domestic terrorists” and suggested that white police officers who shoot or kill unarmed blacks “choke” or are “bad apples”, refusing to believe there is a systemic problem between law enforcement and the black American community.
“The vast and overwhelming majority of police officers are honorable, courageous and dedicated public servants,” Trump said.
“They are amazing, but many politicians ignore their sacrifice and ignore the African-American and Hispanic-American victims,” the president continued, speaking of the victims of colored crimes, not those who were disarmed and shot by officers. , which inspired weeks of Black Lives Matter protests.
Asked specifically that Blake was shot, Trump replied, “I feel bad for anyone going through this. He added that it was a “complicated subject”.
Responding to the police, Trump explained, “you have people choking.”
“And if they make a bad decision one way or another, they’re either dead or they’re in big trouble,” Trump continued. “And people have to understand that. They sometimes suffocate. And this is a very difficult situation.
The president suggested that the police involved in the shootings and murders of unarmed blacks were “bad apples”.
Trump pooped a journalist’s question about whether he believed systemic racism existed, which has been the main theme of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“You’re just coming back to the opposite topic,” Trump said. “We should talk about the kind of violence that we have seen in Portland and here and elsewhere, it is enormous violence.
“This is what it is about,” Trump said.
He laughed at the idea that most of the Black Lives Matter protests were peaceful, pointing to the rubble he had just observed.
“I keep hearing about peaceful protests… and then I come to an area like this and the city is set on fire,” Trump said, insulting reporters in the room for covering the protests in this manner. “Overall, it is not a peaceful protest,” he added later.
State and local authorities had asked Trump not to come to Kenosha, in case his appearance sparked further confrontations – but Wisconsin is a key state in the November presidential election.