A jury acquitting Kyle Rittenhouse on all counts was bad news for Joe Biden.
The acquittal put Joe Biden in a tough spot.
And Joe Biden refused to do one thing that will force Kyle Rittenhouse to make a big decision.
Last September, Joe Biden posted a campaign video on social media falsely claiming Kyle Rittenhouse was a white supremacist.
Rittenhouse’s trial – where a jury acquitted Rittenhouse of murder and attempted murder after Rittenhouse shot three Black Lives Matter rioters – debunked that lie.
In light of that development, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Press Secretary Jen Psaki if Joe Biden planned to apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse for lying about him.
Jen Psaki could have shown that Joe Biden intended to be the unifying figure he campaigned on.
Instead, Psaki double and tripled down on the lie claiming that, because it was one campaign video, it was ok to smear a teenager and baselessly blame Donald Trump by falsely claiming Donald Trump encouraged white supremacist domestic terrorists to commit acts of political violence on his behalf.
“Let’s be clear what we’re talking about here,” Psaki stated. “This is a campaign video released last year that used President [Donald] Trump’s own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups.”
“And President Trump, as we know from history and as many of you covered, didn’t just condemn militia groups. He actively encouraged them throughout his presidency. So, you know, what we’ve seen are the tragic consequences of that,” Psaki added. “When people think it’s okay to take the law into their own hands instead of allowing law enforcement to do its job. And the president believes in condemning hatred, division, and violence. That’s exactly what was done in that video.”
Doocy followed up by noting that Biden made this false claim multiple times citing an interview with fake news CNN’s Anderson Cooper where Biden also falsely claimed Rittenhouse acted as part of a militia.
“You’re saying that it was just a campaign video. It wasn’t. The president gave an interview that he said that Rittenhouse was part of a militia coming out of Illinois: ‘Have you ever heard this president,’ referring to Trump, ‘say one negative thing about white supremacists.’”
Given a second chance to walk back the lie, Psaki refused and instead smeared Rittenhouse by linking him to groups that Rittenhouse had no connection to.
“The President spoke to the verdict last week. He has obviously condemned the hatred and division and violence we’ve seen around the country by groups like the Proud Boys and groups that that individual has posed in photos with,” Psaki answered. “But beyond that, I’ll leave it to his comments around the verdict.”
Now Rittenhouse faces a choice about going forward with a defamation suit against Joe Biden.
Jen Psaki digging in and sticking with the lie likely makes it an easier decision for Rittenhouse to go forward with suing Joe Biden.
Renewed Right will keep you up-to-date with any new developments in this ongoing story.