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White House backs away from Biden's 'white supremacist' comments about Kyle Rittenhouse

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 2021-11-23

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White House press secretary Jen Psaki distanced President Joe Biden from past comments he made alluding to Kyle Rittenhouse, suggesting to reporters at Tuesday's briefing that when Biden compared Rittenhouse to white supremacists on the campaign trail, he was really denouncing former President Donald Trump.

Rittenhouse, found not guilty by a jury on all charges related to multiple shooting deaths at a 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has said in recent interviews that he believes Biden had maliciously defamed his character.

"Well, let's be clear what we're talking about here. 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, as we know from history, and as many of you covered, didn't just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage — he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency," Psaki said in response to a question on the subject. "So, you know, what we've seen are the tragic consequences of that when people think it's OK 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."

A reporter noted to Psaki that Biden also claimed during a televised interview that Rittenhouse "was part of a militia coming out of Illinois."

"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," she responded. "Beyond that, I'll leave it to his comments around the verdict."

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Evan
11-23

There's a lot of videos of Biden calling Rittenhouse a white supremacist and saying he should be locked up for life and the key thrown away, there's no spin on those comments from Biden that Psaki can put on it to make it go away. He said it now he should make an apology to Rittenhouse since He was found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

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c-gar
11-23

So here we go again... IT'S TRUMP'S FAULT...Well guess what sleepy joe everyone remembers what you said...he compared that kid to white supremacists.. IT'S ON YOU JOE...

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John Blackburn
11-24

They can back away all they want...The young man has just served notice on Biden! It’s sad and comical at the same time. Ole Joe will have to pay millions for trying to influence his jury during the trial! Those Democrat propaganda outlets are in the young mans lawyers cross hairs too!

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