Joe Biden and his wife, Jill Biden, head to Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, after President Donald Trump toured wreckage there after days of riots and protests in the battleground state.
Biden will hold a community meeting in Kenosha “to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face,” according to the campaign. The two will also make a local stop.
On Tuesday, Trump supporters and Black Lives Matter protesters clashed verbally in Kenosha’s downtown, with some getting into heated shouting matches. But the clashes did not result in violence, as some had feared. Gov. Tony Evers had sent Trump a letter asking him not to visit Kenosha and risk inflaming tensions.
Democrats have been critical of Biden for not having visited the state sooner, and some feared the recent unrest would boost Trump if Biden didn’t take a tough stand against violence that came after the unrest. Biden has denounced the violence last week but took a more pronounced stand on Monday, with a full-throated rebuke of those behind looting and mayhem in cities like Kenosha and Portland, Ore.
Biden has not visited Wisconsin since 2018, an absence that’s drawn criticism from Trump and Republicans. The Democratic National Convention was to be held in Milwaukee as a testament to the party’s commitment to a state that Hillary Clinton skipped during the 2016 general election campaign and Trump won by fewer than 23,000 votes. But after Covid-19 hit, the convention was pared down to almost nothing in the city, with everything moved to a virtual format, and Biden even moved his acceptance speech to a venue near his home in Wilmington, Del.
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