Published On: Tue, Nov 16th, 2021

Psaki: White House Can’t Comment on Rittenhouse Case, Biden Opposes ‘Vigilantes’

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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said during Monday’s news conference that she cannot comment on the ongoing homicide trial involving Kyle Rittenhouse but said President Joe Biden opposes “vigilantes patrolling our communities” with rifles. “We shouldn’t have opportunists corrupting peaceful protests by rioting and burning down the communities they claim to represent anywhere in the country,” she told reporters, ostensibly referring to months of looting, violence, and arson attacks that erupted alongside Black Lives Matter protests last year. She continued that the “closing arguments in this particular case—which I’m not speaking to; I’m just making broad comments about his own view—there’s an ongoing trial. We’re awaiting a verdict. Beyond that, I’m not going to speak to any individuals or this case.” Psaki also did not respond to comments from Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, who criticized Biden in a news interview last week and referenced comments he made last year while …

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