During a White House press conference this week, Fox News correspondent Peter Doocy asked Biden administration press secretary Jen Psaki if President Joe Biden would “apologize” to Kyle Rittenhouse for lumping him in with white supremacists in a campaign video from the most recent presidential election cycle. Psaki expertly pointed out in response how the problem here isn’t with Biden’s campaign video — it’s with the fact that right-wing vigilantes feel emboldened by the current political climate, as fostered by far-right leaders.
Zero co-sponsors so far for Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene's bill to award Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional Gold Medal
We'll see if/when that number changes… pic.twitter.com/MQexcn9xZF
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As Psaki adeptly put it:
‘This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump’s own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. And President Trump… didn’t just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency. So what we’ve seen are the tragic consequences of that, when people think it’s okay to take the law into their own hands instead of allowing law enforcement to do its job. And the president believes in condemning hatred, division, and violence — that’s exactly what was done in that video.’
Check out Psaki’s remarks below:
“The president spoke to the verdict last week. He has obviously condemned the hatred and division and violence we’ve seen around the country by groups like the Proud Boys and groups that that individual has posed in photos with,” Psaki continued. https://t.co/TJcW0WJfir
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Biden’s original video condemned Trump for having “refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night,” and it included footage of Rittenhouse. Although the individuals shot by Rittenhouse were white, the shooting took place in connection to demonstrations against police brutality. Rittenhouse claimed to have been acting in self-defense when firing his AR-15, and the jury accepted that ramshackle argument, at least to the point of failing to come to the conclusion that Rittenhouse was guilty of homicide beyond a reasonable doubt. Separately, Biden has expressed acceptance for the findings of the jury in the Rittenhouse case. Right-wingers have wasted little time in their rush to glorify Rittenhouse — this week, he visited Donald Trump himself at the former president’s Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
"The minute Kyle Rittenhouse walked past police, having shot 3 people, killing 2 and permanently disabling another…the moment he did those things and walked by police without even so much as being questioned, vigilantes won," David Henderson says.https://t.co/Flu8M3gjWr
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