Biden in Kenosha draws ‘sharp contrast’ to Trump’s visit

Joe Biden visits Kenosha, Wisconsin, two days after President Donald Trump did. Reports have it the former VP brought a “different tone” to the table.

Despite visiting days after Trump did, with Joe Biden in Kenosha, it stroke a “drastically different tone,” as The New York Times has put it. For one, he met with Jacob Blake’s family and spoke with the shooting victim over the phone.

Doubts and concerns loom President Trump’s visit to Kenosha, as it may spark more divisiveness. Amid the public’s call for police reform and end social injustice, Trump promised more funds for law enforcement.

He further condemned protests and continue to slam those that oppose his beliefs. During his roundtable community discussion, only two Black people were present. They were Pastors James and Sharon Ward.

Biden in Kenosha: Reached out to the community

Biden arrived in Kenosha, Wisconsin, with his wife, Jill. Per The New York Times, the former VP’s visit “draw a sharp contrast” with that of Trump’s.

He “aligned himself strongly and sympathetically with protesters of racial injustice and with Black voters during an afternoon of raw interactions with people still grappling with the police shooting of Jacob Blake,” the publication highlights.

The Democrat Presidential candidate had his roundtable discussion at Grace Lutheran Church. He listened and addressed to the locals in all walks in life.

A Black lawyer was discussing rampant racism in the legal system. A white store owner narrating how “close-knit” Kenosha is as a city and the organizer for the Black Lives Activists, Porche Bennett.

He let people tell their stories. He spoke of reforms, and of course, how the President, through his words and actions, “legitimizes a dark side of human nature.”

Trump picks on rival for wearing mask

There was adherence to the social distancing protocol. People were seated apart, and everyone wore a mask. Trump took upon himself to make fun of his rival for wearing a mask, during his campaign in a “largely mask-less crowd in Pennsylvania.”

“Did you ever see a man who likes a mask as much as him?” Trump asked the crowd.

“It gives him a feeling of security,” says Trump, referring to Biden wearing a mask amid an ongoing coronavirus pandemic. “If I was a psychiatrist, I’d say this guy has some big issues.”

Although the social distancing protocol of the people present may have confused the president, as he expressed, “There was nobody there!”

He further noted that his rival “was a little late. I said, ‘listen, we ended that problem.'”

It should be noted that Trump promised millions in funding, for law enforcement and for the local businesses that were affected by the riot that hijacked the peaceful protests.

Biden in Kenosha: Engaging with the Blake family

One major point of Biden’s visit was with the family of Jacob Blake. The Black man who was shot seven times by a police officer on August 23. The reason behind the people protests in the city.

According to the Blake family’s lawyer, Attorney Ben Crump, Joe Biden “had a very engaging 90-minute in-person meeting with the Blake family, including Jacob’s father, sisters and brother,” per CNN.

Crump’s statement quotes:

“I joined the meeting by phone, as did Jacob’s mother and Jacob himself from his hospital bed. The family was grateful for the meeting and was very impressed that the Bidens were so engaged and willing to really listen.”

According to Trump, he refused to meet with the Blake family, as they wanted their lawyer present. For the president, he thought of it as “inappropriate.”

 

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