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Harris speaks to Jacob Blake and meets family in Wisconsin


"They are an incredible family," says Kamala Harris of meeting Jacob Blake's family in Milwaukee and talking to police over the phone who shot victims during their first campaign trip to Wisconsin

  • Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris spoke by phone Monday to Kenosha shooting victim Jacob Blake
  • Harris made her first campaign trip as a vice-presidential candidate to Wisconsin, a major swing state
  • She got off the plane and immediately met members of Blake's family and called him on the phone as well
  • Harris will also tour an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers facility to celebrate Labor Day and meet with black business owners

Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris spoke by phone Monday to Kenosha shooting victim Jacob Blake while meeting with family members in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The Biden campaign confirmed that Harris sat down with Jacob Blake Sr., the victim's father and sisters Zietha Blake and Letetra Widman, as soon as she landed in Milwaukee

Also on the phone were Blake's mother Julia Jackson and attorney Ben Crump.

Harris then called the meeting "really wonderful".

"I mean, they are an amazing family and what they endured, and they do it with such dignity and grace. And you know they carry the weight of many voices on their shoulders," she said.

Vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris is photographed arriving in Milwaukee, Wisconsin on Monday. She first met members of Jacob Blake's family and called the shooting victim and his mother by phone

Harris, a California Senator, is photographed meeting members of the Blake family. Reporters were not allowed to enter the meeting or the meeting with Democratic candidate Joe Biden

Harris, a California Senator, is photographed meeting members of the Blake family. Reporters were not allowed to enter the meeting or the meeting with Democratic candidate Joe Biden

After meeting the Blake family, Harris attended an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

After meeting the Blake family, Harris attended an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers facility in Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jacob Blake is photographed in his hospital bed. He spoke to Joe Biden by phone on Thursday and Kamala Harris by phone on Monday

Jacob Blake is photographed in his hospital bed. He spoke to Joe Biden by phone on Thursday and Kamala Harris by phone on Monday

She said the message she included in the meeting was "to express her concern for her wellbeing and of course the welfare of her brother and son and to let them know they have support," Harris said about meeting the family.

Blake's two other attorneys, B’Ivory LaMarr and Patrick Salvi Jr., were also present.

It was essentially the same group Democratic nominee Joe Biden spoke to when he landed in Milwaukee on Thursday.

Reporters were not allowed to attend any meetings.

I had the opportunity to spend some time on the phone with Jacob. He's not in the intensive care unit. We talked for about fifteen minutes, ”Biden said last week at Grace Lutheren Church in Kenosha. He talked about how nothing would defeat him. Whether he left or not, he wasn't going to give up. & # 39;

Biden and his wife Jill took a two-city trip to Wisconsin, a major swing state, Thursday. They first stopped in Milwaukee to meet with Blake's family members and then drove to Kenosha to chat with community advocates.

The Biden visit marked the first time since the 2012 cycle that a Democratic presidential candidate visited Wisconsin.

Harris will spend the day in Milwaukee, touring an International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers facility on the Labor Day holiday.

She will then meet with the Black Milwaukee business owners as part of Biden-Harris's "Build Back Better" agenda, the campaign said.

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