[Madison, WI] – On Saturday, Lt. Governor Mandela Barnes spoke at the same event where a man identified as “our president” took the stage to proclaim “If you kill one of us, it’s time for us to kill one of yours” in response to recent violence in Kenosha. This follows earlier in the week, when Lt. Governor Barnes claimed officers involved in the shooting acted out of a “vendetta.” The full investigation of the Jacob Blake shooting has yet to be released. Republican Party of Wisconsin Chairman Andrew Hitt released the following statement:
“Democrats have played politics when it comes to the lawlessness that we saw last week in Kenosha. It feels like Tony Evers and Mandela Barnes have not helped to heal any wounds that the community is facing, and now the company they share the stage with is encouraging more violence.
“I’m thankful President Trump stepped in to restore order and protect hard-working families in Kenosha, and I look forward to welcoming him to Wisconsin this week.”
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WATCH NOW: Kenosha Speaker Strays from Message at Rally
August 29, 2020
KENOSHA – A peaceful march and rally took place in Kenosha on Saturday asking for justice for Jacob Blake, who was shot on Sunday.
Most of the speakers talked about justice peacefully. But near the end of the rally, one man introduced as “our president” strayed from the message by saying, “If you kill one of us, it’s time for us to kill one of yours.”
The man, who was not able to be immediately identified, said:
“I love being black. I love black people. I know some of you may not want to say that … You tell us how to behave when you have taken our lives. The black man is worth something. His life is worth something. I have to say god damn it – if you kill one of us, it’s time for us to kill one of yours. I know everybody don’t want to hear that. But damn why are we the ones who have to keep burying ours and got to keep clean for you to see us as being human? We ain’t never did nothing to nobody.”