Usually when a president visits a town hit by a natural disaster or civil unrest, the goal is to show sympathy with for the victims and commitment to help the area recover. Sometimes President Donald Trump shares that ideal, as he appeared to during his tour of areas hit by Hurricane Laura. But with this president, old standards of decency often get tossed out the window: What was once a matter of signaling sympathy with every citizen’s pain is now about sending a message to the people who like him.
On Saturday, the White House confirmed that on Tuesday the president will visit Kenosha, Wis., site of protests since a police officer shot Jacob Blake in the back seven times last week, leaving him partially paralyzed. The purpose? Not to calm the unrest, necessarily, but “to meet with local law enforcement and survey damage from the recent riots,” said White House spokesperson Judd Deere.