Former President Trump congratulated Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday, after the teenager was found not guilty of murder in the fatal shooting of two men in racial justice protests.
The verdict divided America. As the left denounced the outcome as a miscarriage of justice, the right said Rittenhouse never should have been put on trial.
‘Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges,’ said Trump in an emailed statement.
‘It’s called being found NOT GUILTY—And by the way, if that’s not self defense, nothing is!’
A fundraising appeal followed.
‘This trial was nothing more than a WITCH HUNT from the Radical Left,’ said an email to supporters, directing them to donate to the online WinRed platform.
‘They want to PUNISH law-abiding citizens, including a CHILD, like Kyle Rittenhouse, for doing nothing more than following the LAW.’
Joe Biden is not quite as popular as he thinks he is…
Jurors found Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty on all charges: two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide for wounding a third man, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety in protests marred by arson, rioting and looting on Aug. 25, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The outcome triggered anger among many Democrats.