President Donald Trump jumped Monday in defense of the Midwestern teenager who was charged with the murder of two protesters after police shot Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“We’re looking at all of this,” Trump said during a press conference on Monday when he was asked by a reporter whether he “would condemn the actions of guards like Kyle Rittenhouse.”
“That was an interesting situation,” said Trump. “You saw the same tape as me and he was trying to get away from them I think looks like. And he fell and then they attacked him very violently and it was something that we are looking at and it is being investigated. “
Trump went on, “I think he had big problems,”
The 17-year-old Rittenhouse has been charged with murder for allegedly killing two protesters, The Daily Beast previously reported.
The incident occurred last Tuesday after protests broke out in Kenosha after police shot and killed Blake, a 29-year-old black man. The widespread video showed Blake being repeatedly shot in the back by a police officer after walking away from the police and getting into a vehicle.
Trump also used Monday’s press conference to defend a group of pro-Trump protesters who drove a caravan into downtown Portland over the weekend to protest racism there. Members of the caravan were caught video-spraying crowds with paintballs and pepper spray. A person identified by other members of the pro-Trump crowd as a “friend” of the far-right group Patriot Prayer was fatally shot.
When asked about the alleged provocations caused by the pro-Trump caravan, Trump was equally dismissive.
“It was a peaceful protest,” he said. “Color is not a ball.”
Trump is scheduled to travel to Kenosha on Tuesday. When a reporter asked about the Wisconsin governor and mayor of Kenosha who preferred not to visit the president, and concerns that this could escalate the situation further, Trump downplayed concerns.
“Well, it could also increase buzz,” said Trump. “And it could increase love and respect for our country.”
– With additional reports from Sam Stein