Trump accuses protesters of carrying out acts of ‘domestic terror’

Donald Trump has accused protesters of carrying out acts of “domestic terror” after a white police officer was filmed shooting a black man in the back in Wisconsin.

The US president made the remarks on a visit to the city of Kenosha, where Jacob Blake, 29, was left paralysed from the waist down following the shooting on 23 August.

Protesters have marched in Kenosha every night since the shooting, with some demonstrations resulting in buildings and vehicles being damaged and set on fire.

US President Donald Trump tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. - Trump visited Kenosha, the Wisconsin city at the center of a raging US debate over racism, despite pleas to stay away and claims he is dangerously fanning tensions as a reelection ploy. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:US President Donald Trump went to visit the areas damaged by violence in Kenosha
US President Donald Trump tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. - Trump visited Kenosha, the Wisconsin city at the center of a raging US debate over racism, despite pleas to stay away and claims he is dangerously fanning tensions as a reelection ploy. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:Buildings have been damaged in the Kenosha protests, whch were sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake

When he arrived in Kenosha, he toured some of the areas damaged by the unrest in the Wisconsin city, before sitting down with leaders to discuss the violence.

Mr Trump said during a roundtable discussion on Tuesday: “Violent mobs demolished or damaged at least 25 businesses, burned down public buildings and threw bricks at police officers – which your police officers won’t stand for, and they didn’t stand for it.

“These are not acts of peaceful protest but really domestic terror.”

Flares go off in front of a Kenosha Country Sheriff Vehicle as demonstrators take part in a protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S. August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Image:Flares go off in front of a police vehicle during the demonstrations in Kenosha
Law enforcement officers stand behind their shields during a protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S. August 25, 2020. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid
Image:Law enforcement officers stand behind shields during one of the nights of protest last week

Around 1,000 people joined a mile-long march in Kenosha on Saturday night chanting “Black Lives Matter”, “No Justice, No Peace” and “seven bullets, seven days” – a reference to the number of times Mr Blake was shot.

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Referencing demonstrations that have taken place since the shooting, the US president continued: “To stop the political violence we must also confront the radical ideology that includes this violence.

“Reckless far-left politicians continue to push the destructive message that our nation and our law enforcement are oppressive or racist, they’ll throw out any word that comes to them.

“Actually we must give far greater support to our law enforcement. It’s all about giving them additional support.”

Reverend Jesse Jackson talking in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

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Video shows moments before shooting

Mr Trump went on to say “you can do 10,000 great jobs as a policeman or a policewoman… and then you have one bad apple or something happens that’s bad, and that’s the nightly news for three weeks”.

He added the federal government will provide $1m (£750,000) to local law enforcement in Wisconsin, $4m (£3m) for small businesses and $42m (£31m) to support public safety statewide.

Mr Trump later claimed crime rates were highest in cities run by Democrats before adding: “We want to increase police funding substantially.”

US President Donald Trump tours an area affected by civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on September 1, 2020. - Trump visited Kenosha, the Wisconsin city at the center of a raging US debate over racism, despite pleas to stay away and claims he is dangerously fanning tensions as a reelection ploy. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)
Image:Mr Trump has called the protesters ‘violent mobs’

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The US president is offering himself as the “law and order” candidate who is best positioned to keep Americans safe leading up to the election on 3 November.

He met with police officers at a high school as part of his visit to Kenosha.

Mr Trump has appeared to suggest a 17-year-old who has been charged with killing two demonstrators in Kenosha on 25 August was acting in self-defence.

Justin Blake, one of Jacob Blake’s uncles, earlier said on Tuesday the justice system needs to be changed so that black children can play outside without worrying about being shot by police.

He also is calling for authorities to charge the officer who shot his nephew on 23 August.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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