Jen Psaki disavows ‘vigilantes’ when questioned about Kyle Rittenhouse case this week

White House press secretary Jen Psaki made the administration’s thoughts on Kyle Rittenhouse, according to Fox News‘ report of a Monday press briefing. 

 The teen that has been cleared of all charges in the shooting death of two rioters and the injury of another, clear on Monday when she said that President Joe Biden disavows “vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons.”

The White House communications officer made her comments when questioned by Fox News’ Peter Doocy about the president calling Rittenhouse a White supremacist during the 2020 presidential election: 

“So, Peter, what I’m not going to speak to right now is anything about an ongoing trial, nor the president’s past comments,” Psaki responded.

“What I can reiterate for you is the president’s view that we shouldn’t have, broadly speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons. We shouldn’t have opportunists corrupting peaceful protests by rioting and burning down the communities they claim to represent anywhere in the country.”

Doocy pushed hard with his follow-up, however, saying that the president had already weighed in on the case:

“I just have nothing more to speak to an ongoing case where the closing arguments were just made,” Psaki replied, adding that the Department of Justice’s Community Relations Service was prepared to assist the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin, if protests break out over the verdict.

“President Biden ran on a promise to bring Americans together and to turn down the temperature on the angry, divisive rhetoric and actions we saw over the past four years,” she said. “We’re here to provide support.

“And obviously, we’re going to wait for any verdict to come out. And beyond that, certainly we are hopeful that any protests will be peaceful.”

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