‘We’re going to help people rebuild their businesses in Kenosha.’

President Trump on Tuesday got an up-close look at the damage caused by recent riots and looting in Kenosha, Wis. — touring property damaged by the violence, blasting “anti-American” riots and promising to help devastated businesses rebuild.

The president announced $1 million to Kenosha law enforcement “so you have extra money to go out and do what you have to do.” He also announced $4 million to support local businesses affected by the violence, and $42 million to support public safety statewide — including support for law enforcement and prosecutors.

“We’re going to get it fixed up, we’re going to help people rebuild their businesses in Kenosha…we’re getting it straightened out,” Trump told reporters as he begun his trip.

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He toured the area, including a burnt out building still smelling of smoke, alongside officials including Attorney General William Barr and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wold. He spoke with members of law enforcement as he visited the site, as well as six people we are told lost their businesses during the riots.


“Kenosha been ravaged by anti-police and anti-American riots,” he said at a roundtable with law enforcement and business owners after also visiting an emergency operations center.



“These are not acts of peaceful protests, but domestic terror,” he said.

Trump’s visit was also met by protesters, with a large group raising their middle fingers at the president as the motorcade passed.

Trump’s visit comes as he seeks to present a tough-on-crime approach and contrast it with that of Democratic presidential rival Joe Biden.

“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,” he said at the roundtable.

The visit comes over the objections of local Democrats, with Gov. Tony Evers, who has deployed the National Guard to help stop the violence, said Trump’s presence “will only hinder our healing.”

“I am concerned your presence will only delay our work to overcome division and move forward together,” he said in a letter to Trump ahead of the visit.

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