Kayleigh McEnany, White House Press Secretary tore into Democratic politicians on Monday and urged them to “step up” as protests and violence continue to rock cities and towns in the wake of high-profile incidents involving police officers shooting African-Americans.
McEnany said, “It is incumbent on Democrats to step up. Secure your streets.”
McEnany, was speaking Trump’s visited to Kenosha, Wisconsin, blamed the uptick in violent crime in a number of American cities on Democratic mayors and argued that the president’s use of federal force was the only thing keeping Americans safe among the “defund the police” movement.
Trump’s visit to Kenosha comes as the city is reeling from protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, after police responded to a call about domestic dispute.
Demonstrators are asking for the officer who shot Blake, Rusten Shesky to be fired and face attempt murder charges.
The President’s visit also comes more than a week after authorities say 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, from northern Illinois, shot and killed two protesters.
McEnany said, “The president wants to visit hurting Americans.”
She said that, Trump does not plan to meet with Blake’s family during his trip to Kenosha, but instead will tour the damage done in the city and meet with local law enforcement.
McEnany’s comments and Trump’s upcoming meeting with Wisconsin law enforcement comes on the heels of last week’s Republican National Convention, where many in the GOP cast the upcoming election as clash between ‘law and order’ and anarchy.
Trump has denounced protesters as “thugs” while sharply defending police and the organizers of the convention used recent protest footage to paint a foreboding and violent picture of the future if Biden denies Trump a second term. Trump is expected to continue to hit that theme when he travels to Kenosha.
Despite the claims , that Republicans gave on Antifa, the Department of Justice, as well as independent fact-checkers, have found no evidence that Antifa was behind the protests, nor that any of its members were among those facing federal charges.