Joe Biden said he is “angry and concerned” following the not guilty verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Twelve jurors deliberated for three days and unanimously agreed that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. He was acquitted of all five charges.
Joe Biden and Donald Trump have had vastly different reactions to the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse.
After the trial, a reporter asked Biden about past comments equating Rittenhouse to a white supremacist.
Biden didn’t directly answer the question, CNN reports. “I didn’t watch the trial,” Biden said.
“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” Biden said.
“Look, I stand by what the jury has concluded,” Biden said. “The jury system works, and we have to abide by it.”
“I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law,” Biden said.
“Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy… “I have spoken with the Governor this afternoon and offered support and any assistance needed to ensure public safety,” Biden stated.
“I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.”
Biden shared an image of Rittenhouse in a video in September 2020 that tried to link President Trump to white supremacists.
Trump, on the other hand, was pushing back against the criticism of Rittenhouse long before the jury acquitted him.
Rittenhouse was found not guilty of homicide as well as four other charges. The jury agreed that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense against violent rioters, some of whom were career criminals.
A “Black Lives Matter” riot erupted in Kenosha, Wisconsin for three nights and caused roughly $50 million in damages.
Businesses were destroyed as law enforcement is accused of failing to protect people’s property. 17-year-old Rittenhouse arrived to assist a local business owner in defending his car dealership that suffered $1.5 million in damages.
The riots were sparked after a police officer shot 29-year-old Jacob Blake. Blake was armed with a knife and ignored orders from law enforcement.
Blake had a warrant for his arrest for charges of third-degree sexual assault and other charges.
“We’re looking at all of it,” Trump responded at the time. “That was an interesting situation. You saw the same tape as I saw,” Trump said.
“He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like, and he fell,” Trump said about Rittenhouse.
“And then they very violently attacked him, and it was something that we’re looking at right now, and it’s under investigation,” Trump said.
“But I guess he was in very big trouble,” Trump added. “He would’ve been — he probably would’ve been killed, but it’s under, it’s under investigation.”
Trump offered these remarks as he was asked to condemn the actions of “vigilantes” like Kyle Rittenhouse.
The liberal media as well as major mainstream media outlets like The Washington Post attacked Trump over the comments.
The Post wrote, “Instead of denouncing lawlessness, Trump presented an excuse for it — and, implicitly, encouragement of it.”
Joe Biden reacted to Trump’s remarks by suggesting Rittenhouse was a white supremacist.
“There’s no other way to put it,” Biden said in September 2020. “The President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”
There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night. pic.twitter.com/Q3VZTW1vUV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
Trump was proven right as the jury has found that Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty on all charges.
The five charges against Rittenhouse included first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
The verdict is read shortly after the 10-minute mark in this video below. WATCH: