(KENOSHA, Wisc.) — President Donald Trump plans to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday in response to the protests that have erupted Jacob Blake’s shooting, where police fired into his back seven times.
Democrats have since urged the president not to visit the city, saying that his presence will only worsen the unrest that has gripped the region. Some even fear the president is deliberately heading to the city to stoke racial tensions.
Mark Pocan, a Wisconsin Congressman, said “We’ve seen all sorts of protests around Black Lives Matter because we still as a society aren’t treating everyone equally and there’s clearly strong angst about that, but Donald Trump coming there is not to calm people, it’s not to [allay] the fears. It’s just the opposite.”
“It’s to fan the flames, it’s to make people in suburbs afraid this is going to happen in Biden’s America, but the problem for him is this is happening in Trump’s America,” continued Pocan in a Monday interview with ABC News.
Pocan is a native of Kenosha and says his parents’ business was burned down by rioters last week, who set the Danish Brotherhood Lodge next door ablaze.
The Congressman also shares a connection with Anthony Huber, the 26-year-old who was allegedly killed by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
The president liked a tweet that seemingly favors the teen, stating that people like Rittenhouse are why people voted for President Trump.
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers echoed Pocan’s sentiments and asked the president to reconsider his visit.