President Donald Trump has ordered federal law enforcement officers to head to Wisconsin to help crack down on what he called “lawlessness on American streets.”
According to The Hill, Trump announced Wednesday that federal officers and National Guard troops were en route to Kenosha after a Black man there was shot by police, prompting protests that Trump said featured “looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness” — things his administration “will not stand for.”
“TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!” Trump tweeted Wednesday, according to The Hill.
The administration’s move came after Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) agreed by phone to receive federal assistance, The Hill reported.
According to The Hill, the protests in Kenosha came after 29-year-old Jacob Blake “was shot seven times in the back by police on Sunday in an incident that was captured on video.”
The incident left Blake “paralyzed from the waist down,” The Hill reported, but it remains unclear if his condition is permanent.
The response from the community was almost immediate: protests broke out that quickly turned violent, prompting local police to request substantial reinforcements. But after Gov. Evers failed to put enough boots on the ground to keep things civil, Trump was forced to step in.
“My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance,” the president wrote in his Wednesday tweet. “Portland should do the same!”
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According to The Hill, Gov. Evers declined to respond to a request for comment with regard to the president’s tweet.
Trump, for his part, has been adamant about his “law and order” agenda since protests first broke out early this summer following the death of 46-year-old George Floyd at the hands of Minneapolis police. Democrat leaders in cities across America have struggled to contain the protests, which have turned into riots in many cases — but the president has been doing everything he can to help.
Sadly, many city and state leaders have turned down federal assistance, apparently either content with the chaos or too afraid of potential backlash to do what needs to be done.
At least we know the man in the White House is focused on keeping Americans — and their homes and businesses — safe. It’s too bad many left-leaning local leaders won’t follow Evers’ suit and let Trump do his job.