MADISON — Gov. Tony Evers marked the 1-year anniversary of the week rioters ravaged Kenosha the way he did in the hours after the destructive day began: He released a statement standing in solitary with criminals while incriminating law enforcement.
And Evers once again played liberal politics with a series of tragic events.
In a statement issued Monday, Evers noted the life of Jacob Blake, the black man who was shot by a Kenosha police officer on Aug. 23, 2020 while he repeatedly resisted arrest, was forever changed. True. But so are the lives of the law enforcement officers who were doing their jobs when responding to a “domestic incident” involving Blake. A report found the officer who shot Blake was justified and acted in self defense as Blake, armed with a knife, attempted to take a vehicle with his child in the backseat.
Evers lit the fuse on an already explosive situation when he hastily fired off a statement that night vilifying the officers involved and equating the incident to other high-profile incidents of officer-involved shootings of African Americans.
On Monday, the governor doubled down on Blake as victim of a systemically racist system of law and order — more food for his race-baiting far left base.
“While we are grateful Jacob survived his injuries, we also know Jacob, his kids, and his family have and will face challenges they never imagined having to endure,” Evers wrote.
“We also know the families and friends of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber are undoubtedly grieving and mourning the loss of these young men this week,” he added, referring to two of the suspected rioters who were shot to death by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
As Wisconsin Right Now reports, “Rosenbaum was a registered sex offender who was out on bond for a domestic abuse battery accusation and was caught on video acting aggressively earlier that night. Huber was a felon convicted in a strangulation case who was recently accused of domestic abuse.”
“Kathy and I are thinking of Jacob and his loved ones, as well as the families and friends of Joseph and Anthony today, and we ask Wisconsinites to join us in extending our prayers for peace and healing,” Evers said in his statement.
State Sen. Van Wanggaard issued a release Monday challenging such misrepresentations of the facts, asserting “a couple seconds of video repeated endlessly in the media fails to put the incident in perspective.” Wanggaard, who represents much of Kenosha County, noted “police attempted to subdue Blake using non-lethal force. Three times police deployed Tasers to gain control of the situation. Blake removed the Taser prongs. And all of this took less than a minute.”
“Blake wasn’t shot in a vacuum. There was a series of events and escalations by Blake leading to the shooting. Ignoring the facts of the incident may serve someone’s political narrative, but that doesn’t change them,” the senator said.
Evers made only a passing reference to the many Kenosha residents whose lives were turned upside down by the riots, the business owners who lost their businesses, the police officers and residents hurt trying to stop the violent mob. He then thanked himself for police reforms, which were ultimately crafted and passed in the Republican-controlled Senate.
And he closed with the same kind of radical left rhetoric that has so deeply divided this state and this country.
“We must remain resolved in addressing the systemic racism and inequities Black Wisconsinites face every day and to continuing our work toward a just, equitable, and fair state,” Eves wrote.
Is this the radical political hill Evers chooses to die on?