Trump’s election visit to Kenosha
Jacob’s father asks not to play politics over son’s life
Published: 04:38 PM, 1 September 2020 Updated: 06:26 PM, 1 September 2020
US President Donald Trump has scheduled to visit Kenosha, in the state of Wisconsin ahead of the election. The president will meet police officers who shot Jacob Blake, a black youth recently. But he will not meet the Blake family.
The visit comes with "law and order" becoming highly politicized ahead of the 3 November presidential election.
Although local officials have urged Mr Trump to not visit Kenosha, in the state of Wisconsin, fearing his presence in the city may reignite protests that have calmed down in recent days.
But Mr Trump has rejected their pleas, accusing Democratic mayors and governors of failing to get a grip on the violence as he bids to make law and order a key issue in his bid to a win a second term in the White House.
Ahead of the Kenosha trip, the president said he would not meet Mr Blake's family because they wanted lawyers to be present.
The governor of the state, Democrat Tony Evers, has urged Mr Trump to reconsider his trip, warning his presence will "hinder our healing" and arguing that the citizens of the town are already traumatized.
The White House said the president was expected to meet with law enforcement and tour "property affected by recent riots".
On the other hand, Jacob Blake's father Jacob Blake Sr said his son was "holding on for dear life" after he was shot by a police officer
The father of a black man shot by police has refused to "play politics" with his son's life when Donald Trump visits the city of Kenosha on Tuesday.
In an interview with CNN, Mr Blake's father, Jacob Blake Sr, said his son's life was more important than a meeting with President Trump.
"I'm not getting into politics. It's all about my son, man. It has nothing to do with a photo op," he said.
"This is not politics. This is about the life of my son," Mr Blake Sr said, adding that his son was still paralyzed from the waist down, "holding on for dear life".
Jacob Blake, 29, was shot several times in the back by a police officer during an arrest, as Mr Blake tried to get into a car where his three children were seated.
Jacob Blake's shooting sparked a fresh wave of anti-racism protests in the US, prompting calls for President Trump to acknowledge him and his family.
The officer involved in the shooting on 23 August, named Rusten Sheskey, has been placed on administrative leave while an investigation takes place.