Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts Friday in a Kenosha, Wisconsin courtroom, and now, the attention has shifted to legal actions that could be forthcoming against public figures who’ve smeared the teen over the last year since he shot three men, two fatally, in self defense.
Among the big names who some have accused of defamation is President Joe Biden, who said things about Rittenhouse that were “so incorrect and untrue,” one of the teen’s defense attorneys said, according to RealClearPolitics.
“Biden said some things”
Mark Richards, who served as the lead defense attorney for Rittenhouse during his criminal trial, was speaking with reporters after the verdict was announced when he made note of the fact that both then-President Donald Trump and then-candidate Biden had each weighed in with their opinions on Rittenhouse back in August 2020, when the shootings occurred.
“I’ve never had [another] case — and I don’t think I ever will — where, within two days or three days of one another, you know, the president and the presidential candidate comment on it,” Richards said, according to RealClearPolitics. “And both of them had such different beliefs.”
Richards also claimed “President Biden said some things, I think are so incorrect and untrue — [Rittenhouse] is not a white supremacist.” He said if there was evidence Rittenhouse was racist, it would have been presented at trial.
“I’m glad that he at least respects the jury verdict,” the lawyer said of the president.
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“The jury system works”
Biden’s position on the issue was made known back in September 2020, when he blasted Trump for expressing support for Rittenhouse in a campaign ad that linked the then-president to white supremacy, the New York Post reported.
In a caption shared alongside that video, which featured clips of Rittenhouse armed during the Kenosha riots, Biden said, “There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”
As for where Biden stands now that the trial has concluded, it depends on when you ask.
Immediately after the verdict was issued, the president was pressed on whether he stood by his decision to link Rittenhouse to white supremacy. Biden replied, “Well, look, I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works, and we have to abide by it.”
Later, in a formal statement, the president said he was “angry and concerned” about the verdict. Thankfully for Rittenhouse, however, the teen’s fate was in the hands of the jury — not Biden.