Biden on Rittenhouse acquittal for Kenosha killings: ‘The jury system works, and we have to abide by it’

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  • President Joe Biden said he stands by the jury’s decision to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges related to the fatal shooting of two people and injuring a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • A tweet on Biden’s Twitter account last year included an image of Rittenhouse, blasting then-President Donald Trump for refusing to “reject white supremacists.”
  • During civil unrest over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by local police, Rittenhouse was fired upon with an AR-15-style rifle, leaving Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
  • White House press secretary Jen Psaki said earlier this week that Rittenhouse was a cautious person.

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President Joe Biden said he stands by the jury’s decision to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges related to the fatal shooting of two people and injuring a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.

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Biden, who said he had not seen the trial, in a tweet from his account last year included Rittenhouse’s image in a montage of photos and videos blasting then-President Donald Trump for refusing to do so. “To reject white supremacists on the debate stage.”

The shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer during civil unrest was fired upon by Rittenhouse with an AR-15-style rifle, leaving Blake paralyzed from the waist down.

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Asked about the verdict, Biden told reporters, “I stand by the conclusions the jury has made.”

“The jury system works and we have to follow it,” the president said.

White House Press Secretary Jen Sakio on Monday Refused to answer question whether Biden suggested Rittenhouse was a white supremacist,

But in her response, Saki said Rittenhouse was a cautious person.

“What I’m not going to talk about right now is the ongoing hearing, and neither is the president’s previous remarks,” Saki 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 corrupting peaceful protests by rioting and burning the communities they claim to represent,” she said.

“I believe justice has been served in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial,” Sen. Ron Johnson, a Republican representing Wisconsin, said in a statement.

“I hope that everyone can accept the verdict, remain peaceful, and allow the community of Kenosha to recover and rebuild,” Johnson said.

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