MADISON — Nearly a year ago, rioters destroyed large swaths of Kenosha. It didn’t have to be this way.
Just hours after a police officer shot Jacob Blake, a black man who had repeatedly resisted arrest in connection with a domestic incident, parts of Kenosha’s business district were under siege from looters and rioters. Soon, large swaths of the city would be on fire.
Gov. Tony Evers, choosing radical politics over public safety, failed to protect Kenosha from lawless mobs. We will never forget what happened on the week of Aug. 23, 2020.
To that end, Empower Wisconsin is:
— Releasing two network television ads featuring Kenosha residents who were forced to helplessly watch as rioters ruined their businesses and the city they love. Watch the two full 30-second ads here and here.
— Launching FailingWisconsin.com, dedicated to the many people Tony Evers and his radical policies have left behind. FailingWisconsin.com features the stories and videos of Wisconsinites trapped in Evers’ disastrous unemployment system, students and families locked out of their schools, and businesses the governor forced to the brink of extinction.
On Friday, Empower Wisconsin will sponsor a special broadcast of the Vicki McKenna Show, live from Kenosha from 2-5 p.m. Vicki will talk to Kenosha residents whose lives were turned upside down and the public officials who begged Evers to act. Listen to the show on NewsTalk 1130 WISN in Milwaukee and NewsTalk 1310 WIBA in Madison. You can also watch the show streaming live at Facebook.com/empowerwisconsin
Appearing in the ads is a Kenosha business owner named Scott. His family started their Kenosha furniture store 42 years ago.
“If I could talk to Tony Evers, I would ask him, ‘Where were you? Why weren’t you there for us? Why did our businesses burn to the ground?’” Scott said.
There are many others asking the same questions nearly a year later.
What happened in Kenosha can never happen again. Holding Gov. Tony Evers accountable for his failure to lead will help ensure that it doesn’t.