Only in Kenosha WI did citizens fight back against the rioters
The New York Times takes a deep dive into the BLM riots in the summer of 2020 that put Kyle Rittenhouse on the defendant’s block. His trial begins with jury selection Monday 11-01-21 in Kenosha. Expect wall to wall TV coverage. The NY Times story is surprisingly balanced. We offer this fair usage excerpt:
It began with the video of a white police officer shooting a Black man named Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wis., … on Aug. 23, 2020. …
The next day, the mayor attempted a news conference but was forced to retreat inside the public-safety building ahead of a furious crowd that broke the glass of the building’s front doors. … Several streets’ worth of businesses and a parole office went up in flames. A man in his 70s trying to defend the Danish Brotherhood Lodge and a store next door sprayed rioters in their faces with a fire extinguisher until a man hit him with a concrete-filled plastic bottle, breaking his jaw.
Mayor Satya sides with Madison rioters
The afternoon of June 23, a black man named Devonere Johnson walked into a pub in downtown Madison with a baseball bat and, for several minutes, shouted accusations of racism at employees and patrons through a megaphone he pointed directly at their faces. … After he was arrested … the Capitol’s “Forward” statue, a female figure representing progress, was toppled. Another statue, depicting an abolitionist, was beheaded and thrown into Lake Monona. … As he tried to assure the protesters he was their “ally,” [State Sen. Tim Carpenter] was beaten by several of them, suffering a concussion and a broken nose. …
Clashes between racial-justice activists and the police had been regular occurrences in Madison since late May, and Satya Rhodes-Conway, the city’s Democratic mayor, struggled with how to respond to them.
“Thank you for being angry,” she told participants in one early march, explaining that she had spoken with the city’s police chief about “the need for de-escalation and restraint.”
Kenosha’s local elected officials, virtually all Democrats, had shown up, along with local law-enforcement officials, for the June 2 Kneel for Nine [in support of Black Lives matter]. … The same people did not show up for the Back the Blue rally in support of law enforcement several weeks later.
Kenosha heats up
“This is anarchy,” said Van H. Wanggaard, a Republican state senator and former police officer from Racine. “These are terrorists. These are domestic terrorists.”
Echoing Vicki McKenna, he urged listeners to blame not the rank-and-file police but a leadership beholden to Democratic officials. Mike Koval, the recently retired police chief of Madison, agreed. The police, he said, were “thoroughbreds that are basically being put on a pony cart and told to walk around in circles.” He spoke darkly of officers’ being “muzzled” and insisted that “strings are being pulled from the highest level.” …
McKenna was particularly furious about the absence of the National Guard, which Evers did not deploy until that day. “Here’s my idea,” she told her listeners: “We get a couple of hundred people with AR-15s to descend into the downtown area in Madison and just walk the perimeter. I tell you something, Tony Evers would see that sight, and he would declare a state of emergency so fast.”
Returning to this idea throughout the broadcast, McKenna was always careful to present the aim of that deployment as not vigilante action but rather forcing Evers’s hand: If the Black Lives Matter activists could get what they wanted by flooding the streets, why couldn’t conservatives?
City appeals to Trump for aid
[Tony] Evers, the governor, issued a statement that made no mention of the destruction, addressing only Blake’s shooting and expressing solidarity with his family, friends and neighbors.
[The morning of August 25, Kenosha Mayor John] Antaramian, along with … Daniel Miskinis, the Kenosha police chief at the time, had already called Bryan Steil, the Republican congressman whose district includes Kenosha, to request more federal assistance. When Steil called the White House switchboard, he soon found himself unexpectedly on the line with Trump himself, urging the president to send U.S. Marshals, A.T.F. agents — whatever reinforcements were available.
“You want me to call your governor, even though your governor hasn’t called me?” Trump asked, according to Steil. Steil said he did. “Talk to Mark,” Trump said.
Steil explained the situation once again to Mark Meadows, Trump’s chief of staff. That evening, Meadows appeared on “Tucker Carlson Tonight.” He told Carlson that he spoke with Evers earlier that day, offering more National Guard troops, and Evers had declined the assistance. …
Britt Cudaback, a spokeswoman for Evers, disputed Meadows’s account … She said that the chief of staff had in fact offered not the National Guard but personnel from the Department of Homeland Security.
Blaska’s Bottom Line: If Kyle Rittenhouse is convicted, Democrats like Tony Evers, Mayor Satya, and Kenosha’s mayor should be tried as accessories.