President Donald Trump and his political allies seem to be adamantly opposed to acknowledging the multiple straightforward condemnations of violence that have come from Democratic presidential pick Joe Biden and his allies. Months ago, Biden unequivocally asserted that there is “no place” for either violence or looting, but at a Monday press conference, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany called Democrats “late to the game.” Amazingly, despite her concurrent assertion that Trump has stepped up, McEnany subsequently refused to single out murderer Kyle Rittenhouse for unequivocal condemnation. Rittenhouse killed two people and wounded a third during recent unrest in Wisconsin.
As for Democrats’ response to recent rioting, she claimed:
‘Democrats are late to the game — I’ve stood behind this podium and highlighted this issue for months. While this president is always willing to show up, it is incumbent on Democrats to step up. Invite federal law enforcement in — we stand ready. Do not tolerate anarchy, violence, and destruction. Rioting is not right — secure your streets… This president will show up. He will go to cities where Americans are hurting.’
Watch her comments below:
Press Sec. Kayleigh McEnany: "The President roundly condemns violence in all of its forms." pic.twitter.com/yrvuTnU3ML
— The Hill (@thehill) August 31, 2020
Again — months ago, Biden condemned violence. What does he need to do to get the message through to these people — hire someone to write the message in the sky outside the White House? Watch one of Biden’s older condemnations of violence in the video below:
Here's Chris Wallace just letting Lara Trump lie about Joe Biden, and @KBeds fixing it.@JoeBiden, June 2: “There is no place for violence, no place for looting…" pic.twitter.com/L3XqBJmmHR
— Tommy X-TrumpIsARacist-opher (@tommyxtopher) August 30, 2020
As for Kyle Rittenhouse, who is an apparent Trump supporter and was caught on camera in the front row of a Trump rally in January of this year, McEnany did not have special criticism. Rittenhouse, to be clear, is from Illinois, but he traveled to Wisconsin for the apparent purpose of engaging in the unrest, and he subsequently killed two people and wounded a third. He has been charged with, among other things, first degree intentional homicide — not exactly a meaningless offense! But, could McEnany manage to single him out for condemnation? Nope.
A reporter asked the very straightforward question:
‘Does the president condemn the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of shooting some of the protesters?’
‘The president is not going to weigh in on that. You can ask him this evening; he may weigh in further. But at the moment. He’s not weighing in to that.’
The Trump administration is full of cowards.
REPORTER: Does the president condemn the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of shooting protesters?
McENANY: The president is not going to weigh in on that pic.twitter.com/MNaL1tkESx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 31, 2020