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Kenosha residents react to Joe Biden visiting Kenosha: 'This community needs healing'

Kenosha residents react to Joe Biden visiting Kenosha
Posted at 5:55 PM, Sep 03, 2020

KENOSHA — A crowd of people gathered outside of Grace Lutheran Church to catch a glimpse of Democratic Presidential Nominee, Joe Biden, on Thursday.

Jennifer Francaet said the former Vice President's visit to the town will likely sway voters, just not hers.

“It’s to help votes, I’m sure, but like I said Trump is up there and he has my vote this time around,” said Francaet.

Matthew Allen stood on the corner of 60th and 22nd, waving two large Trump 2020 flags, voicing his political opinion.

“I came out to show my support to Trump, but to socially distance from what is happening down there, and give my respect to Joe Biden and the family that’s going through all this. So we are not infringing on an emotional day for them,” said Allen.

He said he is proud of the job President Donald Trump has done during his time in office.

"I have seen so many of my friends live positively influenced in the last 3 1/2 years because of the economy," said Allen.

But others in Kenosha said not everyone has benefited from Trump's Presidency and points to parts of the community that are suffering.

“We have had enough of the three-plus years of Trump instigating hate,” said Sylvia, a Kenosha resident.

Members of BLAK, Black Lives Activist of Kenosha, an organization formed about a week ago to demand justice for Jacob Blake and an end to police brutality, marched on the streets from Civic Center Park to the Grace Lutheran Church. The Executive Director of BLAK, Porche Bennett, said even after a president is elected, they plan on marching until they see change and justice.

“Whether he becomes the president or not, we are still going to be out here, we are still going to say what we need to say,” said Bennett

Sidney Ayers grabbed a lawn chair and arrived an hour before the democratic candidate, he believes Biden is the right person to unite the country during divisive times.

“This community needs healing. We don’t need no flame throwers,” said Ayers.

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