Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers joined other state and local leaders on Sunday in calling on Donald Trump to call off his planned visit to Kenosha in the wake of a police shooting that led to days of civil unrest.
“I understand yesterday you indicated you would be visiting Kenosha, and according to pool reports last night, that you intend to visit Kenosha this Tuesday,” the Democratic governor wrote. “I write today to respectfully ask you to reconsider.”
Evers added that he visited the community and saw “a community working to deal with the trauma and pain of these events and extreme loss,” noting that local residents “are exhausted and heartbroken with the division that has ripped apart their community, but they are also already working to rebuild, together, and support each other in the face of adversity.”
He said the moment calls for “a calming presence” and that it is “not the time for elected officials to ignore armed militants and out-of-state instigators who want to contribute to our anguish.”
Earlier in the day, Trump retweeted a post appearing to glorify the deaths allegedly caused by Kyle Rittenhouse, an armed 17-year-old counter-protester, as well as a litany of other incendiary messages.
“As governor, I will continue to support the Kenosha community as well as the people across our state who are demanding police accountability and transparency reform,” Evers concluded. “This work cannot wait, which is why I have called the Wisconsin legislature to come to work on Monday and take up a policing accountability and transparency reform package. I would welcome your support of these initiatives.”