Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers urged President Trump to call off his journey to Kenosha this week — fearing the president’s visit to town will “solely hinder our therapeutic.”
The governor made the plea in a Sunday letter, portraying Kenosha — the place Jacob Blake, 29, was shot seven instances by police on Aug. 23 — as a divided group that’s already on the mend.
“I, together with different group leaders who’ve reached out, are involved about what your presence will imply for Kenosha and our state,” Evers wrote in his letter.
“I’m involved your presence will solely hinder our therapeutic. I’m involved your presence will solely delay our work to overcome division and transfer ahead collectively.”
The governor added: “It’s our job as elected officers to lead by instance and to be a relaxing presence for the folks we all know are hurting, mourning, and making an attempt to deal with trauma. Now just isn’t the time for divisiveness.”
Evers additionally voiced concern over the likelihood that Trump’s journey would trigger the reallocation of authorities within the metropolis.
Trump plans to journey to Kenosha on Tuesday, and, in accordance to his daughter-in-law Lara Trump, even desires to communicate with Blake’s household throughout the visit.
The household’s lawyer, Benjamin Crump, has mentioned the Blake household hasn’t been contacted by Trump’s staff. Nevertheless, he advised they is likely to be keen to meet with the president.