Pelosi Accuses Trump of Encouraging ‘Vigilantes’ in Situations Like Kenosha Riots
The President 'should be quelling rather than encouraging' riots Pelosi said
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi accused President Donald Trump of encouraging “vigilantes” to fan the flames of unrest and riots like in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“What we saw in Kenosha breaks your heart; it does pierce the soul, as was said,” Pelosi said.
“But the encouragement that the president, the acquiescence if not more than that, that he gives to vigilantes coming in to make matters worse in these situations is something the president should be quelling rather than encouraging.”
The House Speaker praised the family of Jacob Blake, the black man shot multiple times by police which sparked the riots.
“I do think what’s beautiful to hear, Mrs. Blake, speak as a mom,” Pelosi said of Blake’s mother, Julia Jackson.
“I don’t know if you heard her speech, but she said this isn’t what we’re about. We’re not about rioting and destroying of property.”
“We all respect peaceful demonstrations."
"We don’t want them to be exploited by outside groups be they vigilantes and the rest to stir it on,” the speaker said.
On Wednesday, two people were shot on the third consecutive night of Kenosha riots, resulting in the arrest of a 17-year-old gunman.
Kyle Rittenhouse was taken into custody in Illinois on suspicion of first-degree intentional homicide.
A church was also burned down by rioters in Kenosha earlier this week.
Meanwhile, a Wisconsin police officer was knocked unconscious after an object was thrown during by BLM rioters.
The video showed a violent mob cheering as the cop is struck in the head, with an object believed to be a brick.
The crowd is then seen filming and heckling other cops as they attempt to help their downed officer.
Police have yet to make a statement regarding the condition of the officer, according to The Blaze.