The Trump Administration Is Reportedly Spearheading a Sympathy Campaign for the Kenosha Killer - 2020-10-01
When Donald Trump declined to denounce white supremacists and violent militia groups during his first debate with Joe Biden, some on the right were baffled. "Donald Trump ruined the biggest layup in the history of debates by not condemning white supremacists," Fox & Friends host Brian Kilmeade said Wednesday. "Why the president didn't just knock it out of the park, I'm not sure." Here's a thought: Perhaps Trump refused to condemn violent racists—again—because he actively supports them.
Take Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Trump supporter from Illinois who shot and killed two people at a racial justice demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, back in August. Asked about the killing at the time, Trump would not speak an ill word about the accused murderer, instead expressing sympathy for him. "That was an interesting situation," the president told reporters at a August 31 press conference. "I guess he was in very big trouble. He would have been...he probably would have been killed." Apparently, his administration has been pushing that supportive narrative about Rittenhouse. According to NBC News on Thursday, the Trump administration has directed federal law enforcement officials to speak sympathetically about the alleged vigilante teen, distributing talking points to Homeland Security officials that portray Rittenhouse as something of a hero who went to the "scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners" and who was merely acting in "self-defense" when he killed two people.
"It is as unprecedented as it is wrong," Peter Boogaard, a spokesperson for Homeland Security during Barack Obama's administration, told the outlet.