Donald Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Trump supporter who shot and killed two people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week. The president also blamed the civil unrest on “left-wing political violence.”
Speaking at a White House coronavirus update, Trump called Rittenhouse’s attack at a Black Lives Matter demonstration, held days after Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake, an unarmed Black father, an “interesting situation.”
“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.”
Then the president 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.
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