Flashback: Trump Defends Rittenhouse, Says 'He Probably Would've Been Killed' if He Didn't Shoot

Flashback: Trump Defends Rittenhouse, Says 'He Probably Would've Been Killed' if He Didn't Shoot


Long before a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse, then-President Donald Trump was pushing back against the tide of condemnation against him.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty of homicide and all other charges Friday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the shootings of three men during a riot in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020. The 18-year-old maintained he fired in self-defense, and the jury apparently saw it the same way.

Although Trump was denounced at the time in The Washington Post for “justifying vigilantism,” his comments about the shootings during an Aug. 31, 2020, news conference have stood the test of time.

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During the news conference, Trump was asked, “Are you going to condemn the actions of vigilantes like Kyle Rittenhouse?”

Trump’s comments foreshadowed what would be presented at

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