The ongoing rioting and violence that has erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin, may have a major impact on the November election.
The city has seen days of violence and destruction following the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday, Aug. 23. The mayhem has resulted in arson, vandalism, two deaths, and another wounded.
In an interview with The New York Times, many of Kenosha’s residents expressed their fear as the unrest is escalating in the city meanwhile Democratic leaders seem reluctant to denounce the violence and take actions to stop the riots.
“It’s crazy that it’s now happening in my home city,” John Geraghty, who works at a tractor factory told the Times. “We have to have a serious conversation about what are we going to do about it. It doesn’t seem like the powers that be want to do much.”
Geraghty, a former Marine, described his city as a “war zone,” and that Democrats were “letting people down big time.” He also told the Times that he didn’t like President Trump’s rhetoric and his handling of the CCP Virus (coronavirus) pandemic. But he also said Democrats’ policies don’t resonate with him.
“The Democratic agenda to me right now is America is systematically racist and evil and the only people who can fix it are Democrats,” Geraghty told the Times. “That’s the vibe I get.”
“I’m not 100 percent sure of anything yet,” he said of November. “But as of now I’m really not happy about how Democrats are handling any of this.”
A new poll released this week showed 53 percent of respondents think demonstrations following the death of George Floyd are “mostly legitimate,” down from 62 percent in June. The poll prompted left-wing media to urge Democrats and their presidential nominee Joe Biden to break silence over the riots strung across the country.
Biden eventually spoke out in a tweet on Wednesday, condemning the “needless violence” in Kenosha.
“Is this the country we want to be?” Biden said. “Needless violence won’t heal us. We need to end the violence—and peaceful come together to demand justice.”
During his Republican National Convention speech on Thursday, President Trump criticized Biden and his campaign for not condemning the violence but donated to help bail out arrested protesters and agitators in Minneapolis.
“If you give power to Joe Biden, the radical left will defund police departments all across American. They will pass federal legislation to reduce law enforcement nationwide. … No one will be safe in Biden’s America,” President Trump said.
“As long as I am president, I will defend the absolute right of every American citizen to live in security, dignity, and peace,” he vowed.
President Trump won the presidency in 2016 with wins in swing states like Pennsylvania, Michigan, and Wisconsin. He was the first Republican to win the first two states since 1988, and the first to win Wisconsin since 1984.
According to a new CNBC-Change Research poll released Wednesday, Biden is leading President Trump in six key battleground states but the race is tightening.
Priscella Gazda, who works at a pizza restaurant, said she voted for Barack Obama in 2008 and it was the first time she’s voted in her life. She told the Times that the unrest in Kenosha changed her mind, she’s voting for President Trump this November.
“He seems to be more about the American people and what we need,” she said.