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Cuccinelli: One way to shut down a riot

Empower Wisconsin | Sept 4, 2020

MADISON — Shutting down riots isn’t complicated: You just have to apply enough force, according to Ken Cuccinelli, acting deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.  

Gov. Tony Evers was either afraid or didn’t want to apply force — or at least enough — to the lawlessness and disorder that swept through Kenosha last week. He initially resisted federal assistance from President Trump, and he didn’t call in nearly enough Wisconsin Army National Guard soldiers to appropriately deal with the chaos. 

As Cuccinelli told talk show host Vicki McKenna this week, riots stop when political will is present. 

“Gov. Evers was reluctant at first. President Trump was pushing pretty hard,” he said. “It took a little more violence to get Gov. Evers there, but we saw that the formula works.” 

He pointed to Portland, where “they still haven’t used that simple formula” of linking together local, state and federal law enforcement to restore order. 

“She has over 7,800 National Guard at her disposal and Gov. (Kate) Brown of Oregon refuses to use any of them,” Cuccinelli said. “They can achieve peace in one day, just like it was achieved in Kenosha. The only wish in Kenosha, of course, is it had happened faster.” 

Listen to the entire interview with the deputy secretary on the Vicki McKenna Show. 

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