(The Post Millennial) – Vice President Kamala Harris reacted to the high-profile Kyle Rittenhouse verdict Friday afternoon. After closing arguments were made on Monday, the jury found the 18-year-old defendant not guilty on all charges after four days of deliberations.
“The verdict really speaks for itself. As many of you know, I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make the criminal justice system more equitable and clearly, there’s a lot more work to do,” Harris told reporters.
Rittenhouse collapsed to the floor following the verdict and was helped to a seat by his defense attorney, whom he then embraced in tears. Judge Bruce Schroeder asked the jury if this was their unanimous verdict, and they said that it was.
President Joe Biden also reacted to the verdict.
“Well look, I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works, and we have to abide by it,” Biden told reporters.
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 also stated via 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.