Kenosha, Wisconsin might be seeing the very worst of this Summer’s riots next to Minneapolis. After a man was shot by police, widespread fires, looting, and destruction have crippled the city. Each night it appears to be getting worse, with some rioters shot dead. The local Democrats have refused to intervene. Now, Trump is getting serious.
From the very start of the BLM/Antifa-incited riots this Summer, Trump has condemned them. No Republican ignored real acts of injustice, such as the treatment of George Floyd. But the president refused to let protests over Floyd and others devolve into violence and chaos.
But, as if on cue, Democrats rejected his concerns. From CNN to local leaders, Democrats have ignored the threat these large-scale protests posed, both from COVID spread to acts of violence. They even called riots and looting “mostly peaceful” demonstrations.
To make matters worse, Democrats have been defunding police departments, releasing rioters with no bail, and refusing federal help. It has resulted in a sea of liberal voters turning on their own party, openly announcing they will vote for Trump in 2020.
That must have been the straw that broke (some) of the left’s backs. Because finally, one governor is accepting Trump’s aid.
President Trump on Wednesday said he will send federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, Wis. to restore “law and order” amid days of unrest in the city.
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” the president tweeted Wednesday. “My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance. (Portland should do the same!)”
The president added: “TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!” …
The White House said Tuesday that Evers had rejected an offer for additional federal support. [Source: Fox News]
Previously, the governor of Wisconsin rejected Trump’s offer of help. The White House had said the president spoke with Evers personally, who refused federal assistance.
I guess the tide has turned, after it was learned that several rioters were shot during the week’s riots. Perhaps internal polling is telling Democrats that support for unchecked violent riots will not help them, come November.
President Trump can send in the National Guard and other federal law enforcement troops to restore order to the city. Meanwhile, the DOJ can get involved (if necessary) to properly investigate the shooting of Jacob Blake, the man at the center of this new wave of violence.
But does this news mean we’ve turned a corner? There are starting to be rumblings on the left that the riots need to stop. CNN anchors as well as the governor of Oregon have come out to condemn the violence. Its possible Democrats are finally realizing the hole they dug themselves into. Now that so many of their own cities are smoking piles of rubble, they are trying to fix the problem.
Too little, too late I say. Trump will send National Guardsmen to fix Kenosha. He’ll send federal aid to any city in need of salvation. And he and he alone will get the credit. Voters won’t forget what their local leaders did over the last three months.
They turned a blind eye to violence. They defunded the police. They allowed chaos to destroy many livelihoods.
The writing’s already on the wall. And Democrats are going to feel the pain soon.