(The Post Millennial) – On Friday, after jurors found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts, President Joe Biden told reporters that he stands with the jury system.
“Well look, I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works, and we have to abide by it,” Biden told reporters.
Biden also responded to the verdict via press statement.
In a written statement, Biden responds to the verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial in Kenosha, writing, “While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.” https://t.co/QSxket8F8y pic.twitter.com/kOvMYIVENr
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“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” Biden stated in a press release. “I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.”
“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. The White House and Federal authorities have been in contact with Governor Evers’s office to prepare for any outcome in this case, and I have spoken with the Governor this afternoon and offered support and any assistance needed to ensure public safety.”
Biden’s comments come more than a year after he suggested that Rittenhouse was a “white supremacist” in an interview with CNN as well as in a campaign advertisement, a statement he has not corrected or apologized for.
“I don’t know enough to know whether that 17-year-old kid, exactly what he did, but allegedly he’s part of a militia coming out of the state of Illinois. Have you ever heard this president say one negative thing about white supremacists? Have you ever heard it? That’s the reason I got back in this race because what happened in Charlottesville,” Biden said in a 2020 interview with CNN’s Anderson Cooper.
Biden had expressed a similar sentiment in a campaign ad he tweeted on September 30, following a debate between him and former President Donald Trump in which he told the Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” after being pressed to condemn “white supremacists.”
The ad features video of those that attended the fatal rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, in which 3 were killed and many more injured when a man rammed his car into the crowd. It also features stills of Rittenhouse on the night of August 25, 2020, where he shot three people.