Kyle Rittenhouse, the Kenosha shooter, was acquitted Friday of first-degree intentional homicide and four other felony charges, and former President Donald Trump weighed in — again. The twice-impeached one-term president told host Laura Ingraham that it was a “great decision” by the jury and he suggested that he saved Kenosha.
“I think that it was a great decision,” Trump said. “I was surprised that it had to go this far. Somebody should have ended it earlier, and frankly, the case should have never been brought. It was prosecutorial misconduct, and there’s plenty of it going on in this country right now. It was disgraceful… I was very happy to see (the not guilty verdict). A lot of people were very happy to see it — most people.”
The former president described Rittenhouse as “brave” for taking the stand, called it a “political case,” then lashed out at the media. On prosecutors, Trump said, “You have great ones, and you have bad ones.” Ingraham brought up President Biden’s response, saying he said he “shared the views of those who were angry,” but added that we have to accept the verdict. Trump said, “Well, I think someone told him what to say.”
“They (the networks) were really trying to spew hatred,” Trump said, then claimed that the networks would “love to see riots all over the place” in response to the verdict. Trump somehow took a victory lap, claiming that “we helped save Kenosha” and further claimed that Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers “wanted to just let it burn.”
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“We saved Kenosha very early,” Trump insisted. “It was a horrible couple of nights. They got individual stores. The place didn’t burn down to the ground because we sent in a lot of good people.”
On Friday, Trump released a statement about the Rittenhouse verdict, then fundraiser off of it in an email. Ingraham and Trump seemed to take issue with Rittenhouse being described as a white supremacist, but he was seen in photos while out on bail with the Proud Boys flashing a white power sign. And bringing an AR-15 to a Black Lives Matter protest is kind of weird.
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