This week has been an ugly one for America, as the first shots of what could become a second Civil War have rung out across the nation.
It began just days ago when a 17 year old kid from Illinois traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin, reportedly to help secure private property as extremist agitators infiltrated a number of peaceful protests. Once the demonstrators were done for the day, these outside groups began sowing chaos, and soon our aforementioned teenager had shot and killed two protesters, and maimed another.
A day later, a pro-Trump counter-protester was shot and killed in Portland, Oregon, in an incident that many have likened to an execution. The killing came after a large caravan of Trump supporters drove through Portland, shooting protesters with paintballs and bear mace.
This ugly escalation prompted the Lieutenant Governor of Wisconsin to suggest that President Donald Trump refrain from visiting Kenosha, fearing that his presence might spark further violence.
“If I didn’t INSIST on having the National Guard activate and go into Kenosha, Wisconsin, there would be no Kenosha right now,” Trump tweeted Monday. “Also, there would have been great death and injury. I want to thank Law Enforcement and the National Guard. I will see you on Tuesday!”
The president also condemned Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler, with whom he has an ongoing conflict over the mayor’s objections to federal involvement in stopping riots in the city despite months of unrest and a fatal shooting over the weekend.
“Portland is a mess, and it has been for many years. If this joke of a mayor doesn’t clean it up, we will go in and do it for them!” Trump said.
Wheeler had earlier pushed back on President Trump’s rhetoric, insinuating that the White House that had contributed to the escalation of violence in Portland.
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