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GOP senator: Wisconsin governor should accept help from Trump to quell violence

GOP senator: Wisconsin governor should accept help from Trump to quell violence
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Senate Homeland Security Committee Chairman Ron JohnsonRonald (Ron) Harold JohnsonGOP senators call for commission to investigate Capitol attack Wisconsin Democrats make ad buy calling on Johnson to resign Efforts to secure elections likely to gain ground in Democrat-controlled Congress MORE (R-Wis.) says Wisconsin Gov. Tony EversTony EversEight governors call on feds to immediately send out vaccine doses now in reserve Marquette men's basketball team wears black uniforms to protest Jacob Blake decision Wisconsin governor slams decision to not charge officers in Jacob Blake shooting MORE (D) should reconsider his decision to refuse President TrumpDonald TrumpIran's leader vows 'revenge,' posting an image resembling Trump Former Sanders spokesperson: Biden 'backing away' from 'populist offerings' Justice Dept. to probe sudden departure of US attorney in Atlanta after Trump criticism MORE’s offer to send federal help to quell violent protests in Kenosha sparked by the police shooting of an unarmed Black man, Jacob Blake.

“It is heartbreaking that the violence in Kenosha has now escalated to include the loss of human life. Although it will not guarantee peace, Governor Evers should reconsider his refusal to accept President Trump’s offer to send more personnel to restore order,” Johnson said in a statement.

“Anarchy and chaos will not advance justice, and must be stopped,” the senator added.

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An Evers spokesperson told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel that the administration offered the governor help from the Department of Homeland Security and Evers declined because his administration had already dispatched additional Guard members to Kenosha.

"The governor informed them that we would be increasing Wisconsin National Guard support in Kenosha and therefore would not need federal assistance in response to protests but would welcome additional federal support and resources for our state's response to COVID-19," Britt Cudaback told the newspaper.

Trump tweeted Tuesday evening that Evers “should call the National Guard in Wisconsin.”

“It is ready, willing, and more than able. End the problem FAST!” Trump tweeted.

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Three people were shot and two killed overnight in Kenosha, where protesters squared off against police and a group of armed men at a gas station near the county courthouse. Police say the shooting occurred shortly before midnight and they are searching for the suspect.