The Bidens Will Visit Kenosha on Thursday
Two days after Donald Trump made an unwelcome visit to Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the wake of violent protests stemming from the police shooting of an unarmed black man, Joe Biden has announced he’ll be traveling to the troubled city on Thursday. Unlike Trump, Biden will be bringing his wife, Dr. Jill Biden, as the couple plan to meet with locals and speak to the ‘healing process’ the city needs.
Trump’s controversial visit was further impeded by his comments defending teenage Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, whose mother drove him across state lines from Illinois to Wisconsin specifically for him to participate in the protests that ensued after Jacob Blake was shot in the back seven times by police in front of his kids. Rittenhouse has emerged as a dubious anti-hero for the right, with fans who have passionately taken up his cause and back his claims of self-defense. Rittenhouse has retained a lawyer known for his QAnon conspiracy theories than his legal maneuvers.
Prior to the violence in Kenosha, Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to give a speech at Wisconsin Lutheran College but was disinvited after he supported Trump’s wild claims regarding the violence in the city. Trump was so unwelcome during his visit on Tuesday that locals refused to pose with him for photos.
Biden’s presence, unlike Trump’s, is being welcomed after his strong speech on Monday in Pennsylvania that criticized Trump for inciting violence in Kenosha and other cities instead of condemning it.
“Does anyone believe there will be less violence if Trump wins?” Biden asked rhetorically.
Joe and Jill Biden will hold a community meeting to speak with local leaders and others, then make another local stop.