President Joe Biden is “angry and concerned” over the jury’s verdict in the Rittenhouse trial, according to a new statement from the White House.
In the Friday statement, Biden urged the “many Americans” who feel the same way should “express their views peacefully.”
Read Biden’s full statement below:
“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken. I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law.
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 White House and Federal authorities have been in contact with Governor 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.”
Interestingly, Biden’s written statement came shortly after he told White House reporters he “stands by” the Kenosha jury’s decision to acquit Rittenhouse on all charges, adding “the jury system works and we have to abide by it.”
But after Biden’s latest statement, critics slammed his choice of words as effectively incendiary.
“Didn’t he just say the jury system works?” asked one Twitter user.
Now, going into Friday evening, multiple protests have been reportedly planned across the country: