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Republican and Democrat Wisconsinites react to President Trump’s planned visit to Kenosha

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Eau Claire County (WQOW) - President Donald Trump's planned visit to Kenosha is bringing mixed reactions from Wisconsinites.

This week Governor Tony Evers wrote in a letter to Trump, "I am concerned your presence will only hinder our healing" and asked him to reconsider his visit to the city.

On the other hand, a local Republican encourages Trump to go to Kenosha and criticizes Evers for what he calls "incendiary" statements towards law enforcement.

"This is just another instance where Tony Evers' judgment is terrible and we believe that the people of Kenosha are looking forward to having their commander-in-chief President of the United Status come to their city and show that not only he, but the nation cares about Kenosha and the people of Wisconsin and cares about rebuilding it," said Brian Westrate, treasurer of the Republican Party of Wisconsin and member of the Republican Party of Eau Claire County.

However, a local Democrat agrees with the governor and believes Trump seeks to divide people, not unite them.

"Trump is an agent of chaos. Him coming here, he's doing this to stoke his base. He doesn't want healing. He doesn't want us to be better, he wants us to be be divided because that's how he thinks he's going to win, and I think it's selfish. And I think it's dangerous," said Bobbi Green, chair of the 3rd Congressional District for the Democratic Party of Wisconsin and member of the Eau Claire County Democratic Party.

The president's opponent for re-election, former Vice President Joe Biden, has accused Trump of rooting for violence during unrest in Wisconsin, but Trump said he has denounced the violence in many major U.S. cities before.

Katrina Lim

Katrina Lim joined the News 18 team in August 2019 as a multimedia journalist. She was born and raised in Jersey City, New Jersey but has lived in all time zones of the contiguous U.S.A.

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