President Joe Biden released a statement Friday in the wake of a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin finding Kyle Rittenhouse in which he stated that the verdict made him ‘angry and concerned.’
As CNBC reports:
President Joe Biden said Friday that he and many other Americans feel “angry and concerned” about the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse for killing two men and wounding a third man— but also said that people have to “abide by” the jury’s verdict.
Biden called for calm in Kenosha, Wisconsin, acknowledging the strong emotions that led to civil unrest and shootings by Rittenhouse there last year, and which authorities are concerned could recur after his acquittal.
A little different tone. Biden releases statement saying he feels 'angry and concerned' about Rittenhouse verdict. pic.twitter.com/JTY4B3g23m
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“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 president said in a prepared statement.
“The White House and Federal authorities have been in contact with Governor [Tony] Evers’s 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.”
Biden insisted that he stood by the verdict reached by the jury in spite of previous comments made by White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki which had insinuated that Rittenhouse was a vigilante.