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Joe Biden to Visit Kenosha on Thursday after the Controversial Visit of Trump


Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will visit Kenosha , on Thursday, the Wisconsin city where unrest protests ongoing  over racial injustice after the police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake, his campaign said.

Biden and his wife Jill Biden "will hold a community meeting in Kenosha to bring together Americans to heal and address the challenges we face," and will make another stop in the city, his campaign said Wednesday.

Biden's first trip to Kenosha, Winconsin came after days President Donald Trump visited Kenosha. Trump has seized on the protests in Kenosha, Portland, Ore., and other cities to promote a fierce “law and order” message, saying looting and destruction would only be exacerbated under a Biden presidency.

Wide protests erupted in the city of approximately 100,000 late last month after video of Blake’s shooting went viral. Many of the protests have remained peaceful, though some have devolved into looting and clashes with law enforcement and right-wing counter-protesters.

Tensions were significantly ratcheted up after a 17-year-old from Illinois allegedly traveled to the city with a military-style rifle and shot three protesters, killing two. Charges against the teenager include first-degree homicide.

Mr. Trump declined to criticize the 17-year-old charged in the killings, Kyle Rittenhouse, who had attended one of his rallies earlier this year. “He probably would have been killed,” the president said.

The shooting of Blake -- which left him paralyzed from the waist down, his family says -- has moved police brutality, racial injustice and the looting and property damage that have followed some protests to the forefront in one of the nation's most important swing states in November's general election.

Republicans and President Donald Trump have hammered Biden and Democrats for not campaigning in Wisconsin, seeking to compare the decision to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's absence during the 2016 general election. Trump narrowly carried Wisconsin.

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