White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined Monday to explain why President Biden chose to tag Kyle rittenhouse a “white supremacist” immediately after the 17-year-old shot three white men during riots in Kenosha, Wisc. last year.
After taking a deep breath, Psaki replied, “What I am not going to talk about now is an ongoing trial or the president’s previous comments. What I can reiterate to you is the president’s opinion that we should not have, generally speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons. “
Doocy: “Why did President Biden suggest that Kyle Rittenhouse … is a white supremacist?”
Psaki: “We should not have, generally speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons.” pic.twitter.com/N9jPenDXDZ
– The count (@therecount) November 15, 2021
In September of last year, then-Democratic presidential candidate Biden criticized incumbent President Trump on Twitter for refusing to condemn anti-BLM actors as “white supremacists.” The text of the tweet was accompanied by a video that showed an image of Rittenhouse’s face.
“There is no other way to put it: The President of the United States refused to repudiate white supremacists on the stage of the debate last night,” Biden tweeted last year.
There’s no other way to put it: The president of the United States last night refused to repudiate white supremacists on the stage of the debate. pic.twitter.com/Q3VZTW1vUV
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
Rittenhouse shot dead two men and wounded another after falling to the ground while fleeing a group of attackers. The shooting occurred during the riots that followed the police murder of Jacob Blake in Kenosha last August.
After Rittenhouse’s trial began earlier this month, Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, appeared on Fox News to say that Biden “defamed” her son when she called him a white supremacist.
“He is not a white supremacist. He’s not a racist, ”Rittenhouse told Fox News host Sean Hannity on Thursday night.
Is he accusation claim that the 18-year-old was a rebellious opportunist who traveled to Kenosha to seek opportunities for violence. While the prosecution alleges that Rittenhouse committed a homicide, the defense argues that he acted in self-defense that night. Rittenhouse testified in his own defense last week, collapsing on the stand as he recounted his version of events.
The judge presiding over Rittenhouse’s murder trial dismissed a misdemeanor charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18 on Monday morning before closing arguments began.