The President Owes Kyle Rittenhouse An Apology

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Not that Rittenhouse should hold his breath waiting for one. The White House has already made it abundantly clear that Joe Biden has no intention of doing the right thing and offering up an apology and a retraction for accusing the Illinois teenager of being a “white supremacist”.

Press secretary Jen Psaki was asked Tuesday if “the president would ever apologize” to Rittenhouse for his comments, which the teen this week branded “actual malice” and “defaming my character.”

But Psaki deflected, saying it was “about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump’s own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups.

“And President Trump … didn’t just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency,” she said.

“So what we’ve seen are the tragic consequences of that — when people think it’s OK to take the law into their own hands instead of allowing law enforcement to do its job,” she said.

“And the president believes in condemning hatred, division and violence. That’s exactly what was done in that video,” she said of the clip viewed more than 3.7 million times on Biden’s official presidential Twitter.

What a bunch of malarkey. We know what the video was about, and we also know that it prominently featured a picture of Kyle Rittenhouse, who wasn’t a part of any “militia”, isn’t a white supremacist, didn’t “take the law into his own hands,” and wasn’t in Kenosha to foster hatred, division, or violence.

But Psaki doubled down on Tuesday, even when Fox’s Peter Doocey reminded her that a jury in Kenosha acquitted Rittenhouse of all charges.

Psaki smiled when Doocy pointed out that “Rittenhouse is saying that the president had actual malice in defaming his character.”

“The president spoke to the verdict last week,” Psaki stressed, referring to a statement in which the commander-in-chief suggested he was “angry and concerned” at the jury’s verdict.

“He has obviously condemned the hatred and division and violence we’ve seen around the country by groups like the Proud Boys and groups that that individual has posed in photos with,” Psaki said.

The photo that Rittenhouse says was a set-up by his former attorney John Piece? That photo?

In an interview with NewsNation’s Ashleigh Banfield that aired Tuesday, Rittenhouse claimed the photo was “set up by my former attorney [John Pierce] who was fired because of that, for putting me in situations like that with people I don’t agree with.”

“I didn’t know that the OK hand sign was a symbol for white supremacy just as I didn’t know those people in the bar were Proud Boys,” Rittenhouse added.

“I thought they were just a bunch of, like, construction dudes based on how they looked.”

Joe Biden may have issued a statement condemning hatred and division, but his press secretary is busy promoting them from the podium with her odorous attack on Rittenhouse even after the jury in Kenosha carefully weighed the evidence and found the teen not guilty of any crime. This is the administration that was supposed to be all about unifying us as Americans, right? We were told that Biden was going to restore civility to the political process. Instead, he can’t even say “I’m sorry for calling you a white supremacist” to an 18-year old who was falsely smeared by his own campaign.

It’s disgusting. It’s shameful. And it’s par for the course for Joe Biden, who had no trouble apologizing to world leaders for President Trump leaving the Paris Climate Accords but can’t do the same for smearing an innocent man.

Nov 29, 2021 4:30 PM ET