Psaki Runs Interference For Biden Over Labeling Rittenhouse White Supremacist
White House press secretary Jen Psaki sidestepped questions Tuesday about whether President Joe Biden will issue an apology to Kyle Rittenhouse for branding him a white supremacist.
“Would the president ever apologize to the acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting online and on TV that he is a white supremacist?” Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Psaki at Tuesday’s press briefing.
Rittenhouse was included in a Biden campaign video showing a montage of alleged white supremacists. Biden called out then-President Donald Trump for refusing “to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”
“Well, let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. This is 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,” she answered. Psaki added that Trump “actively encouraged” those groups during his presidency.
Doocy: "Would the president ever apologize to the acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting online and on TV that he is a white supremacist?"
Psaki: "The president believes in condemning hatred, division, and violence." pic.twitter.com/Z7HHlIRQtH
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 23, 2021
On the debate stage, Trump said he was “prepared” to condemn white supremacists and militias, but never actually did. When Biden brought up the Proud Boys, Trump told them to “stand back and stand by,” noting that “somebody’s got to do something about Antifa and the left .”
Trump later walked back those statements after the debate, saying that he didn’t know who the Proud Boys were and condemned them along with white supremacists.
Rittenhouse called Biden’s categorization of him “actual malice” and accused him of “defaming his character” in an interview Monday. “Mr. President, if I can say one thing to you, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial and understand the facts before you make a statement,” he said.