Trump Defended The Alleged Kenosha Protest Shooter But Criticized The Portland Protest Shooter - 2020-08-31
President Donald Trump on Monday delivered divisive messages about the shootings at two protests in the past week, split clearly along political lines. He defended the alleged shooter in Kenosha, Wisconsin, who has attended a Trump rally and was vocally in support of police, and decried the alleged shooter in Portland, who was reportedly protesting law enforcement and whose identity still has not been confirmed by authorities.
Trump's remarks at a press conference on Monday come after he has spent weeks seeking to split the nation over the protest movement that started anew after a police officer killed George Floyd in late May and was recently reignited after a police officer shot Jacob Blake in the back in Kenosha. In tweets and at the weeklong Republican National Convention, Trump has sought to paint protesters against systemic racism and police brutality as dangerous radicals in "Democrat-run" cities.
After decrying the shooting in Portland, Oregon, Trump was asked if he would condemn "the actions of vigilantes like Kyle Rittenhouse," who is accused of killing two people and injuring a third in Kenosha last week.