The mother of Jacob Blake, the man whose shooting by police during an attempted arrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin ignited riots in the city and protests nationwide, condemned rioters involved in the violence. She also apologized to President Trump for words that a relative said about him in anger.
Speaking to CNN’s Don Lemon on Tuesday, Julia Jackson said that she was “disgusted” by the actions of looters and rioters who committed violence in her son’s name.
“My family and I are very hurt and quite frankly disgusted,” Jackson said. “And as his mother, please don’t burn up property and cause havoc and tear your own homes down in my son’s name. You shouldn’t do it.”
“People shouldn’t do it anyway, but to use my child or any other mother or father’s child, our tragedy to react in that manner is just not acceptable,” she added. “And it’s not helping Jacob. It’s not helping Jacob or any other of the men or women who has suffered in these areas.”
When Lemon asked if she had any words for either President Trump or Democratic candidate for President Joe Biden, Jackson said, “For our President Trump, first I want to say a family member — and I don’t know if it was heard or not — said something that was not kind. She is hurting and I do apologize for that. Her outburst does not reflect our behavior.”
“And also, for President Trump, I’m sorry I missed your call because had I not missed your call, maybe the comments that you made would have been different,” Jackson told Lemon. “And I’m not mad at you at all. I have the utmost respect for you as the leader of our country. Like I said before, and I’m not saying this to him directly, we should always get the details from the right source before we start throwing bricks.”
Three nights of riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin have seen two dead and numerous businesses looted and burned down by protesters claiming to want “racial justice” for Blake, who survived his injuries.