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Trump Defends Kenosha Shooter At Press Briefing

Trump Defends Kenosha Shooter At Press Briefing

First, he refused to denounce Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old from Illinois who has been charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Then his Press Secretary, Kayleigh McEnany, said he wouldn’t address the incident.

And yet, at Monday’s boisterous Press Briefing, Donald Trump couldn’t help himself. He presented a defense for the boy, whose mother knowingly drove him across state lines armed with a weapon he should not have been able to acquire. Trump claimed the teenager was acting in self-defense, even as the video shows his two victims were not in possession of any firearms.

“He was trying to get away from them, I guess … and he fell,” Trump claimed, citing videos of the Rittenhouse attack. “And then they very violently attacked him.” Without prompting or proof, he also claimed that the teenager with a semiautomatic rifle “probably would’ve been killed.”

“He was in very big trouble. He probably would’ve been killed, but it’s under investigation,” Trump said.

Critics immediately jumped on the comments, pointing out the basic facts of the incident and blasting Trump for his irresponsibility.

Trump also claimed he had been in contact with Jacob Blake’s family pastor, which was quickly fact-checked and proven to be another lie.

With Trump failing to denounce the violence in Portland and Kenosha, #BidenCalm was trending on Twitter on Monday even as Trump’s team was pushing false narratives and doctored videos. Joe Biden clapped back at Trump earlier on Monday, saying his words regarding the incidents in Portland and Kenosha were more harmful than helpful.



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