Donald Trump ‘Won’t Weigh In On’ Kyle Rittenhouse Shootings, Jacob Blake, McEnany Says
Kayleigh McEnany was asked in a Monday press conference about the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Seventeen-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, of Illinois, has been arrested and charged in the two killings and one serious injury. When asked if President Donald Trump had anything to say about the charges, his press secretary said that he would not weigh in.
Donald Trump has weighed in on protests across the nation, saying that the National Guard should be called in to shut them down. He was willing to weigh in on white supremacists in Charlottesville, after the deadly march that resulted in the death of a counter-protestor. He weighed in on the death of Jay Bishop, in Portland, after white nationalists, Trump supporters, and right-wing groups clashed with Black Lives Matter and antifascists.
Rest In Peace Jay! https://t.co/j6FYxIygmh
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) August 30, 2020
However, according to Kayleigh McEnany, offering an opinion on Kyle Rittenhouse is out of the question.
REPORTER: Does the president condemn the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of shooting protesters?
McENANY: The president is not going to weigh in on that pic.twitter.com/MNaL1tkESx
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 31, 2020
In the full press conference, as seen below, McEnany is asked about Trump’s position on a number of matters with regard to law enforcement and protests. When asked about Trump’s views on Jacob Blake, and about the multiple protestors Kyle Rittenhouse is charged with shooting, she sidestepped.
A reporter mentions that Trump was previously asked if he thought the shooting of Jacob Blake was justified, and he said he’d have to look into it before expressing an opinion. “Now that a couple of days have passed, does the president think the shooting was justified, or unjustified?”
McEnany said, “I’d refer you back to the president’s remarks…I spoke to him earlier and he was not willing to weigh in more.”
Reporter: Does the president condemn the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of shooting some of the protestors?
McEnany: The president is not going to weigh in on that.
However, when asked about Trump’s enthusiasm for protestors “with Trump and American flags flying” traveling to Portland before the shooting that took place there, McEnany said that Trump “was highlighting that these were good Americans, going in to peacefully be a part of a protest.” Asked if shooting BLM protestors with paintballs was part of that patriotism, McEnany said that neither she nor Trump had seen “that video.”