Prominent Republicans have demanded that President Biden apologise for suggesting that Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of murdering two protesters in Wisconsin last year, was a white supremacist
White House press secretary Jen Psaki declined to say whether President Biden would offer an apology instead deflected to President Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacy.
RT reports: Asked whether the president would apologize for allegedly defaming the 18-year-old in a campaign video issued last year, Psaki danced around the issue – briefly changing the subject to ex-President Donald Trump – but ultimately hinted that no apology would be forthcoming.
“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,” Psaki said, going on to denounce Trump for allegedly encouraging “militia groups” during his term in office.
Eventually, Psaki circled back to Rittenhouse, simply reiterating that Biden “spoke to” the teen’s acquittal this week on murder charges filed after he shot two people dead and injured another during protests and rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
“[Biden] has obviously condemned the hatred and division and violence we’ve seen around the country by groups like the Proud Boys, and groups that [Rittenhouse] has posed in photos with,” she continued.
In his first interview since his trial concluded earlier this week, Rittenhouse told Fox’s Tucker Carlson that Biden defamed his character with the campaign video, saying the then-presidential candidate should have learned the facts of the case before weighing in with inflammatory rhetoric.
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