President Donald Trump heads to Kenosha tomorrow in a show of solidarity with law enforcement, little more than a week after a police officer shot a Black man in the back in an incident that was captured on video and beamed across the nation, prompting marches across the nation calling for racial justice.
Depending on who you talk to, the welcome mat is either being rolled out or up for the president in the lakefront city an hour’s drive north of Chicago.
“The White House has been humbled by the outreach of individuals from Kenosha who have welcomed the president’s visit,” Judd Deere, a spokesman for the president, wrote in an emailed statement to The Spin. But The Associated Press reports that Wisconsin’s Democratic governor sent a letter to the Republican president asking him to reconsider, writing “I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing”
The Rev. Jesse Jackson, the civil rights leader who cut his teeth under the tutelage of Martin Luther King Jr., tells The Spin he’s traveling from Chicago to Kenosha today to meet with activists there about the impending presidential visit. His advice? Don’t march, just hold a prayer vigil at a park.