Republican nominee Donald Trump is campaigning in Wisconsin Tuesday amid protests in Milwaukee following a police shooting Saturday that left Sylville Smith, a black man, dead. Trump is likely to touch on the event that has again brought police shootings into the national election season spotlight.
A live stream of the event is available here, or you can watch the live feed below. Trump is expected to speak around 8:30 p.m. EDT at the Ziegler Building at the Washington County Fair Park in West Bend, Wisconsin.
Smith, 23, was armed with a loaded handgun when he attempted to flee a traffic stop, local officials said. The police officer who shot Smith has thus far only been identified as a 24-year-old black man. More than 100 National Guard members were in Milwaukee to ensure no property damage occurred after protests, NBC News reported.
Trump, who failed to win the Republican primary in Wisconsin and has difficulty addressing social issues such as the Black Lives Matter movement, is hoping to convince voters and close the polling gap in the Badger State.
Democratic rival Hillary Clinton is polling ahead of Trump in the Dairy State. A poll released last week by Marquette University Law School has Clinton leading Trump with 46 percent support compared to 36 percent support. The poll surveyed 805 registered voters and had a margin of error of 4.6 percentage points. Clinton, who also lost her primary in Wisconsin, has not yet campaigned in the state, local Fox 11 News reported.
Trump’s support is low in the southeastern part of the state, an area that is normally a hardcore Republican conservative base, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported.
“We’ve seen some pro-Republican or pro-Trump movement in the northern half of the state, and we’ve seen the opposite movement in the southeast,” Marquette pollster Charles Franklin told the Sentinel.
Trump’s campaign stop comes a day after he delivered a teleprompter foreign policy terrorism focused speech that addressed how he would deal with the Islamic State group as well as immigration procedures in the U.S. Trump’s rally in Wisconsin is expected to be a return to his typical unscripted events.