After a few painstakingly long days, the Kyle Rittenhouse jury came up with their unanimous verdict; not guilty on all 5 counts.
Shortly after the verdict was announced, Biden told reporters Friday afternoon that he stood by the jury.
Biden said ‘just heard a moment ago’ about the verdict, and that he ‘didn’t watch the trial, which featured clashes between the prosecution and defense lawyers and testimony by the accused teen in an event that got gavel-to-gavel cable news coverage.
‘I stand by with the jury as the jury system has concluded. The jury system works and you have to abide by it,’
A short time later though, the White House released a written statement for Biden on the Rittenhouse case, this time with a social justice bent to it.
“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken. I ran on a promise to bring Americans together because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law.”
“I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy. The White House and federal authorities have been in contact with Governor [Tony] Evers’ office to prepare for any outcome in this case, and I have spoken with the governor this afternoon and offered support and any assistance needed to ensure public safety.”
Read the full statement here:
Biden releases statement on Rittenhouse before he exits the White House for the turkey pardon
"While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken." pic.twitter.com/WM4OhgPNga
— Charlie Spiering (@charliespiering) November 19, 2021
Republican lawmakers and other officials are demanding that Biden apologizes to Rittenhouse for linking him to white supremacism following the Wisconsin jury’s not-guilty verdict.
‘Joe Biden needs to publicly apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse,’ said Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR), in a statement shortly after the verdict was announced.
For many Americans, the verdict was just, and Joe’s flip-flopping from his first reaction to the administration’s version which was written for him is disturbing, divisive, but not surprising.