President Trump announced Thursday afternoon that Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers (D) finally backed down and agreed to allow federal forces to help end the violence that has engulfed Kenosha, WI since Sunday.
“TODAY, I will be sending federal law enforcement and the National Guard to Kenosha, WI to restore LAW and ORDER!” Trump tweeted on Thursday.
“We will NOT stand for looting, arson, violence, and lawlessness on American streets,” Trump continued. “My team just got off the phone with Governor Evers who agreed to accept federal assistance.”
Authorities in Kenosha requested Evers send 750 National Guard members to the city to quell the riots, but Evers only agreed to send 250 prior to Tuesday. He refused President Trump’s offer of federal assistance.
However, after two individuals were fatally shot and another seriously injured during the riots Tuesday night, the tone became much more serious, and Evers announced he had authorized 500 additional troops to deploy to Kenosha on Wednesday.
DOJ spokesperson Keri Kupec wrote on Twitter in response to Trump’s announcement that the Justice Department will send FBI resources and US Marshals to Kenosha, though it is unclear how many officers will be sent.