Wisconsin college replaces Mike Pence as commencement speaker: Report

Amid unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, where a Black man was shot by police last weekend, a private college in the state has announced that it is replacing Vice President Mike Pence as its upcoming commencement speaker, Politico reports.

According to Politico, the commencement address at Wisconsin Lutheran College this weekend will instead be delivered by St. Marcus Lutheran Church’s Rev. Mark Jeske.

He’s out

Pence has long been a man defined by his faith, making him the perfect speaker for the Lutheran college’s upcoming graduation proceedings. But in the wake of the shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake by a white police officer in Kenosha, the school canceled Pence’s appearance.

The school is located in Milwaukee, about 40 miles north of Kenosha, where protests this week have left at least two dead, according to the BBC.

The 17-year-old charged for the deaths is now facing “six criminal counts,” including homicide, the BBC reports.

“After further review with careful consideration of the escalating events in Kenosha,” Wisconsin Lutheran College decided that Vice President Pence was no longer welcome, Politico reported.

Placing the blame

It all appears to be part of a pattern of the blame being placed on those in the White House for the recent events in Kenosha.

“What is the responsibility that the president needs to feel about what encouragement, or whatever the word is, that he may have given?” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) told late-night talk show host Stephen Colbert on Wednesday, according to Breitbart. “The comfort level for someone to do such a thing and be so brazen about it?”

President Trump, for his part, has promised to “restore law and order” in Wisconsin in the wake of the violence — a point apparently missed by Pelosi and company.

“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” the president wrote in a tweet Wednesday. “My team just got off the phone with [Democratic Wisconsin] Governor [Tony] Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance.”

Trump said cities like Portland, Oregon “should do the same” amid continued unrest.

“I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!” he wrote.

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