President Donald Trump should not travel to Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday, as his visit could make matters in the violence-torn community even worse, Rep. Elissa Slotkin said Monday.
"The measure of any leader is, do they unify people or divide people," the Michigan Democrat said in an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Do they calm people, or do they make the waters more troubled?"
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has said that Trump's visit will make more trouble. Slotkin said, "the president should do the right thing and respect the local leaders ... let them make the determination of what will be troublesome for their community and I think his visit is a mistake by that measure."
She added that in cities like Portland, where federal agents remain on the streets, they may be making matters worse.
"The bar for putting in federal troops should be very, very high and in coordination with local officials," said Slotkin. "I'm a big believer in our federalist system, and local officials should be consulted and they should approve when you have federal officials come in. We've seen officials in Portland talk about how some of those federal officials have been unhelpful. I can't stand watching the violence on TV every day in Portland. I think there are lots of ways to protest without it coming to violence."
She also said she denounces the violence and looting that has taken place.
"If you destroy property, it's a felony," she said. "If you perpetuate violence, you should be held accountable for that. Regardless of whose side you're on, regardless of what you think of the protesters, violence should not be tolerated and treated with law enforcement accordingly."
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