‘Will the President ever apologize to acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting online and on TV that he is a white supremacist?’ Fox News‘ Peter Ducey asked Saki at a daily briefing.
“President Trump … did not rule out condemning militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them,” Saki responded.
‘So what we’ve seen are its sad consequences – when people think it’s okay to take the law into their own hands rather than allow the law to take its course.’
Psaki continued: ‘The president spoke on the decision last week. He has obviously condemned hatred and division and violence from groups like the Proud Boys, and obviously the person posed for pictures, but beyond that I’ll leave it to his comments around the verdict.’
During the trial, prosecutors offered a photo of Rittenhouse as evidence of his association with white supremacists, citing the use of the ‘OK’ sign, which has been co-opted as a sign of ‘white power’ . The photo was from a bar in Wisconsin on January 5, 2021, the day he went on trial on charges related to the murder of two people at an August 1 protest in Kenosha.
Rittenhouse, who was widely branded as a white supremacist after two white men were fatally shot at a Black Lives Matter protest, told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson after his acquittal that he had called for President Biden for the vitriol against him, which he accused of ‘defamation’ and ‘maliciousness’. He said he was considering legal action against the president.
“President Trump … did not rule out condemning militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency,” Psaki said.
Rittenhouse said he placed some of the blame for the vitriol against him on President Biden, whom he accused of “defamation” and “maliciousness.”
Rittenhouse was consoled by her attorney on Friday after being acquitted of all charges at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis.
In this image from video provided by Kenosha County District Attorney, Kyle Rittenhouse poses for a photo at Puddy’s Pub in Mount Pleasant, Wis., on January 5, 2021, the day he was indicted on charges related to the murder of two people. it was done. Protests in Kenosha on August 1. Prosecutors presented this photo and others as evidence of Rittenhouse collaborating with white supremacists, citing the use of the ‘OK’ sign, which has been co-opted as a sign of ‘white power’.
Rittenhouse is shown during a visit to Puddy’s Bar at Mount Pleasant on January 5. Kenosha County prosecutors are requesting to modify Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond after he was seen last week drinking beer and flashing white power signs at a Racine County bar.
The 18-year-old, who spent nearly three months in prison for the shooting, was acquitted on Friday of murder, attempted murder and reckless endangerment in the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. and was injured. Gage Grosskretz, 27.
Jurors decided that the rifle-wielding teenager opened fire in self-defense as the trio chased and attacked him during the August 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that resulted from a police gunshot of a black man, Jacob Blake.
On September 30, 2020, Biden, the then Democratic nominee, tweeted a video montage of far-right groups, which Donald Trump had refused to condemn during a presidential debate a day earlier.
Biden attacked Trump, tweeting, ‘There is no other way to say it: The President of the United States of America refused to reject white supremacists on the debate stage last night.’
The tweet featured Rittenhouse marching through Charlotte and the Proud Boys with neo-Nazis.
And in a 2020 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper, Biden said: ‘I don’t know enough to know if that 17-year-old kid, exactly what he did, but reportedly he’s coming out of the state of Illinois. Part of a militia. , Have you ever heard this president say a negative thing about white supremacists? Have you ever heard it? That’s why I came back to this race because of what happened in Charlottesville.’
Biden shared a video clip on Twitter condemning white supremacists, including a photo of Rittenhouse holding a gun.
Rittenhouse is seen in Kenosha on the night of August 25, 2020
Shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020, Rosenbaum followed Rittenhouse into a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him, after Rittenhouse shot 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum (left) in an AR-15-style semiautomatic fatally shot with a rifle. Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (right), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin
During the trial – which ran from November 2-19 – White House press secretary Jen Psaki was asked whether Biden regretted his tweets.
“What I’m not going to talk about right now is not about the ongoing trial, nor about the president’s previous comments, even though the president has commented on the situation before the trial,” Psaki said.
‘What I can repeat for you is the President’s view that we should not have vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons.
‘We must not be opportunists anywhere in the country corrupting peaceful protests by rioting and burning the communities they claim to represent.’
After Friday’s decision, Biden said he was ‘angry and concerned’ but insisted the decision should be respected.
“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, including me, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” he said.
‘I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is greater than what divides us. I know we won’t heal our nation’s wounds overnight, but I stand by my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated fairly and with respect under the law .
‘I urge everyone to express their views peacefully in accordance with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.
Rittenhouse said Monday night that he wants Biden to take another look at the case.
“Sir, Sir, if I have one thing to say to you, I would urge you to go back and look at the trial, and understand the facts before making a statement,” he said.
‘It’s genuine malice, to say something like this to defame my character.
“It is quite hysterical how one cannot go back and look at the facts of the case.
‘He crossed state lines, liar. He is a white supremacist, a liar. None of this is true.
‘The lie that they can get away with just spreading the disease is a shame to this country.’
Rittenhouse said he has “really good lawyers” looking into the defamation allegations.
Kishor said the incident had “nothing to do with race” and was instead about “right to self defence”.
‘I am not a racist person. I support the BLM movement,’ Rittenhouse said. ‘I support peaceful protests… I believe change is needed. I believe there is a lot of prosecution misconduct not only in my case but also in other cases. It is amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone.
He said, ‘Like, if they did this to me, imagine what they could have done to a person of color who might not have the resources I have or it’s not as widely publicized as my case, ‘ They said.