President Donald Trump made fun of Joe Biden for shaking a man's hand as soon as he got off the private plane that carried him to Wisconsin Thursday.
'Joe Hiden’ gets off his airplane, grabs and shakes a rather stunned man’s hand (like in the old days), then touches his (Joe’s) face and mask with the same hand. No crowd, no enthusiasm for Joe today. Law & Order!' Trump tweeted Thursday evening.
Biden reached out and shook the hand of Brian McPartlin - an aide who handles advance for the former vice president - which is considered a no-no in the coronavirus era.
President Donald Trump waves as he boards Air Force One Thursday evening en route to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, after mocking Joe Biden for shaking hands during the ex-veep's trip to Wisconsin and saying there was 'no enthusiasm' for Biden
President Trump trolled Joe Biden in a tweet Thursday evening, shortly before he set off for his own rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania
OOPS: Joe Biden slipped up and gave his aide Brian McPartlin a handshake as he disembarked from the private plane he and Jill Biden (left) took from Delaware to Milwauke, Wisconsin, where he's meeting with Jacob Blake's family at an airport building
Black Lives Matter activists stood outside the Grace Lutheren Church where Joe Biden was scheduled to appear Thursday in Kenosha
Biden's crowd was dwarfed by the crowd at Trump's rally in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, scheduled for Thursday night
The Democratic nominee did attract a crowd of Black Lives Matter activists outside the Grace Lutheren Church in Kenosha, but he's also urged supporters to heed coronavirus public health warnings, which include avoiding large gatherings.
Biden's crowd was dwarfed by the Trump supporters who showed up in Latrobe, Pennsylvania, awaiting the president's Thursday night rally.
Earlier, both Trump and White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany had trolled House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for her COVID-19 faux pas, not wearing a mask at a salon, which was also not supposed to be servicing clients indoors, though Pelosi has called that controversy a 'set-up.'
On the trip, Biden said he was able to talk to Jacob Blake, the black man shot by a white officer in the city, by phone as he gathered with family members at Milwaukee's General Mitchell International Airport.
'I had the opportunity to spend some time with Jacob on the phone. He's out of ICU. We spoke for about 15 minutes,' Biden said at the Grace Lutheren Church in Kenosha. 'He talked about how nothing was going to defeat him. Whether he walked again or not, he was not going to give up.'
Biden and his wife Jill made a two-city trip to Wisconsin, a key swing state, first stopping in Milwaukee for a meeting with Blake's family members and then motorcading to Kenosha for a conversation with community stakeholders.
The state's Democratic Gov. Tony Evers said Thursday that he didn't want Biden, nor President Donald Trump who visited Kenosha Tuesday, to make the trips during the current unrest. But 'candidates can make their decisions' and 'it is what it is,' Evers said, according to the Associated Press.
In Milwaukee, reporters were kept outside the hour-long meeting, but the campaign said the Democratic nominee and his wife met with Jacob Blake's father, Jacob Blake Sr., his sisters Letetra Widman and Zietha Blake, his brother Myron Jackson, and lawyers Patrick Salvi Sr. and B'Ivory LaMarr.
His mother Julia Jackson and attorney Ben Crump joined the meeting by phone.
Crump put out a statement about the meeting, as Biden was revealing his phone conversation also included Blake, who was shot seven times in the back by police with three of his children in his car. He's likely paralyzed from the waist down.
Joe Biden met with community leaders Thursday at the Grace Lutheren Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after talking to shooting victim Jacob Blake by phone during a Milwaukee meeting with family members
Joe Biden bows his head in prayer at the Grace Lutheran Church in Kenosha, Wisconsin where he held a listening session with community leaders Thursday, two days after President Donald Trump visited the city
Joe Biden addresses community members in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Thursday after speaking with shooting victim Jacob Blake and meeting with some of Blake's family members in Milwaukee
'The family was grateful for the meeting and was very impressed that the Bidens were so engaged and willing to really listenl,' Crump reported.
Crump and Biden both talked about how Blake's mother, Julia Jackson, led the group in prayer.
Biden explained that his wife, Jill, had asked to say a prayer and it was led by Jackson. 'I'm praying for Jacob and I´m praying for the policeman as well. I´m praying that things change,' Jakcson said, according to the former vice president.
'They talked about changing the disparate treatment of minorities in police interactions, the impact of selecting Kamala Harris as a Black woman as his running mate, and Vice President Biden's plans for change,' Crump continued.
On Biden's conversation with the shooting victim Crump said, 'Jacob Jr. shared about the pain he is enduring, and the vice president commiserated.'
'It was very obvious that Vice President Biden cared as he extended to Jacob Jr. a sense of humanity, treating him as a person worthy of consideration and prayer,' Crump said.
At the community event, Biden had two rounds of community members speak about what they were seeing on the ground and then spoke to them.
Biden addressed speakers' concerns one-by-one, pitching ideas like a $15 nationalized minimum wage, ex-prisoners having access to every government benefit available, and better mental healthcare.
'I'm giving you too much, I can see you're about to stand up,' Biden said at one point. At another point when he got too wonky, he used the unfortunate expression, 'Not going to lay it out for you, I won't now because they'll shoot me.'
At the church one participant, a Kenosha shopkeeper named Barb DeBerge, talked about the devasation the business community has seen in the wake of several nights of riots and unrest following Blake's shooting.
'We have never seen anything as devastating as what has gone on in our community. We are very fortunate because they didn't start our building on fire,' she told the ex-vice president.
She said that while her store, DeBerge Framing & Gallery had its windows broken and was looted, a good samaritan saved it from catching