The 17-year-old shooter Kyle Rittenhouse who gunned down three protesters, two fatally, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was charged with homicide.
However, he is being praised by Trump’s supporters, who described him as a patriot, hero, and a defender.
Meanwhile, Rittenhouse’s attorney said his client acted in self-defense.
According to press reports, Rittenhouse has become a cause célèbre on the right.
Shortly after the shootings, someone tweeted they wanted Rittenhouse to be their bodyguard. Ann Coulter tweeted back that she wanted the teen to be “my president.” Aubrey Huff, a former baseball player for the San Francisco Giants, hailed him as a “national treasure.”
President Trump has not outrightly condemn the shootings and seemed to indicate that they may have been justified. He also “liked” a tweet offering support for Rittenhouse.
However, the President made it clear that he was for law and order when questioned about his rhetoric regarding the social unrest taking place within parts of the country.
“I think it’s helping because I’m about law and order, and if you look at the black community, they want the police to help them stop crime. The Hispanic community, they want police,” Trump told reporters.
“They don’t want crime. They don’t want to be mugged. They don’t want to have any problems. And it’s just a shame,” he added.
He also charged that the press is helping to foment the protest by its reporting.
“The press should be ashamed of themselves. I think the press is actually, the media, is what’s fueling this, more so than even Biden. Because Biden doesn’t even know he’s alive. The press has really fueled this, and they’re fueling it horribly, and you’re doing a great disservice to your country,” Trump said.
He also reaffirmed his position on his trip to Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, which spurred the protests that led up to the killing of the two people and injury of the third by Rittenhouse.
“We have to condemn the dangerous anti-police rhetoric. It’s getting more and more — it’s very unfair. You have some bad apples. We all know that, and those will be taken care of through the system, and nobody’s going to be easy on them either,” said Trump.
Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden has not spoken in-depth about Rittenhouse, though he has expressed concerns about armed militias. In a statement Monday after Trump’s news conference, Biden criticized the President for refusing to repudiate the Kenosha shootings.
“He is too weak, too scared of the hatred he has stirred to put an end to it,” Biden said. He urged Trump to join him in saying, “violence is wrong, period. No matter who does it, no matter what political affiliation they have. Period,” said Biden
Yvad Billings, Readers Bureau, Contributor
Edited by Jesus Chan
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