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'No Tolerance for Anarchy': Trump Visits Kenosha, Blames Media for Spike in Violence Nationwide

09-01-2020
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President Donald Trump talks to business owners Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2020, as he tours an area damaged during demonstrations after a police officer shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin Tuesday in the wake of the violent protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

It's been a week since protests and riots broke out after Blake was shot seven times leaving him paralyzed. Trump said he's spoken with the Blake family pastor. 

Trump promised, "no tolerance" for anarchy and violence. 

"They are anarchists, agitators. They are rioters. They are looters. They are bad people," the President said. 

Trump added while in Wisconsin, he plans to "thank law enforcement and the National Guard for a job well done." 

"I'm there today for law enforcement and the National Guard. They did a great job in Kenosha. They put out the flame immediately," Trump noted. 

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Wisconsin's governor and Kenosha's mayor had asked Trump to cancel his trip, saying the visit will do little to heal the city's wounds. 

On Tuesday, Trump even blamed the media for the spike in violence. 

"I think the press, the media is what's fueling this, more so than even Biden, 'cause Biden doesn't know he's alive," Trump said. 

Biden pushed back calling Trump a "toxic presence."

"Fires are burning and we have a president who fans the flames," Biden said. "I want to make America safe. Safe from COVID, safe from crime and looting. Safe from racially motivated violence. Safe from bad cops. Let me be crystal clear. Safe from four more years of Donald Trump."
 

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