President Joe Biden weighed in on Kyle Rittenhouse’s verdict after the 18-year-old was acquitted of all five counts Friday.
The president told reporters Friday that although he did not follow the trial, “the jury system works and we have to follow it,” NBC News reported.
President Biden has a few questions. This is the verdict of Rittenhouse. He said he didn’t watch the trial. And then there’s his health as he bounces back from his first return as president. pic.twitter.com/d3AxmgL1oZ
– Kelly O’Donnell (@KellyO) November 19, 2021
“While the Kenosha verdict will make many Americans feel angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has its say,” the news release read.
“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,” Biden added.
Biden’s comments about the ruling have raised questions about his previous statements last year in which he appeared to imply that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist.
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In an interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in August 2020, Biden struggling to find a way to comment on the situation while simultaneously accusing former President Donald Trump.
“Look, I don’t know enough to know that 17-year-old boy – exactly what he did or not. But it is alleged that he was part of the militia from Illinois,” Biden said. “Have you ever heard this president say a negative thing about white supremacists? Have you heard it yet? ”
The president’s previous statements prompted questions today after Biden announced his support for the grand jury.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki responded to questions from reporters by saying she would not address the president’s past comments.
“What I’m not going to say right now is an ongoing trial, nor the president’s past comments… What I can repeat to you is the president’s position that we shouldn’t. there are, broadly speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons,” said Psaki, according to CNBC.
Meanwhile, some are speaking out against Biden, saying he should apologize Rittenhouse now.
Republican Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas tweeted after the ruling was made that Biden needed to issue a public apology.
Joe Biden needs to publicly apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse.
– Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) November 19, 2021
Despite Biden’s statement affirming the jury and saying people need to uphold “the rule of law,” prominent lawmakers still said the ruling was wrong and unfair.
Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York tweeted after announcing the ruling, “What we’re seeing is a system that works as it was designed and protects what it was designed for.”
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