Last night Donald Trump put out a statement congratulating Rittenhouse for his not-guilty verdict.
In a tweet posted by spokesperson Liz Harrington, Trump’s statement said: “Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It’s called being found NOT GUILTY—And by the way, if that’s not self defense, nothing is!”
"Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It’s called being found NOT GUI… https://t.co/6bJIAWtRzG
When asked by a reporter if he stood by a past comment he made “equating [Rittenhouse] to white supremacy,” Biden replied: “Well look, I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”
In a later statement, Biden said: “While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.”
“I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law.”
He added: “I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.”