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President Trump on Monday declined to condemn the actions of the alleged 17-year-old gunner of three protesters against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, claiming without evidence that the gunman acted in self-defense.
Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with six offenses, including first degree murder for killing two protesters and injuring a third last week. An investigation is underway, which the President has also recognized.
The incident occurred on the third night of the riot after police shot and killed 29-year-old Jacob Blake, who was shot multiple times in the back at close range.
When asked during a press conference on Monday if Trump would condemn the Illinois teenager’s actions, Trump defended Rittenhouse, suggesting that the shooter appeared to be defending himself.
“He was trying to get away from them, I think it looks like it,” Trump said, noting that the incident was being investigated. “I think he had big problems. He would probably have been killed,” said Trump.
Graphic videos from the chaotic scene only tell a partial story. The alleged actions of the shooter have split the audience on party lines. Republicans paint Rittenhouse as something of a tragic figure – a martyr-patriot whose extreme actions grew out of the Democrats’ failure to suppress violence on their streets.
Democrats have now seen the situation bleak, pointing to the president’s increasingly divisive rhetoric and past advocacy of violence against protesters as evidence of a clear message to renegade gun owners to feel they have gone with impunity in the name of “right and.” Order.”
Trump, who made violence in “democratic cities” a major topic of conversation against 2020 rival Joe Biden, plans to visit Kenosha, Wisconsin, Tuesday “to see the people doing such good work during the protests.” have done for me “.
When asked if he was concerned that his presence, which contradicts the wishes of the Kenosha Mayor, could spark an already heated situation, Trump said, “Well it could also increase excitement and love and respect for our country increase. And that’s why I’m going. ”
The president will not be meeting with the family of Jacob Blake, the man whose shooting and subsequent paralysis sparked the Kenosha riot, during this trip, citing caution in attending a meeting that Trump said was also the attorney of the Family would belong.
“I thought it was better not to do anything where lawyers are involved. They wanted me to speak but they wanted lawyers to be involved and I found that inappropriate so I didn’t,” he said.