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Sen. Tammy Baldwin Blasts Trump's 'Divisive' Wisconsin Visit


The out senator says Trump will create more strife in a state still reeling from the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

The governor of Wisconsin, the mayor of Kenosha, and now Wisconsin's out U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin are condemning President Trump's visit to the state on Tuesday.

Wisconsin politicians fear the incendiary Trump will sow more chaos in the state following riots, killings, and a high-profile police shooting of a Black man, Jacob Blake, that left him paralyzed.

Trump has twice defended the actions of one of his supporters, accused killer Kyle Rittenhouse. The 17-year-old police proponent is charged with the intentional homicide of two people during protests last week that followed Blake's shooting. Trump has so far refused to communicate with Blake's family members, claiming he will not speak with them if their attorney is present.

"This President has not provided leadership that unites people and he has a bad habit of being divisive, which is not what the Kenosha community and Wisconsin wants or needs," Baldwin said in her statement. "I want President Trump to do what Jacob Blake's mother, Julia Jackson, has asked every American to do - examine your heart."

Baldwin also admonished Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell on Twitter for refusing to take action on a Senate version of the House's Justice in Policing Act, which would add reforms and address systemic racism within police forces.

Trump is running on a "law and order" platform and trying to call attention to violence in hopes of helping him win reelection. Wisconsin is a critical must-win state for Trump; he won it in 2016 by less than 23,000 votes.

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