Kyle Rittenhouse‘s mom claims President Biden defamed her son by suggesting he was a white supremacist in a tweet last year.
Following a debate with the then President Donald Trump in September 2020, Biden, then a presidential candidate, had tweeted: “there’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night,” referring to President Donald Trump.
Wendy Rittenhouse slammed Biden’s comments saying her son was “not a racist.”
“When I saw that, I was shocked, I was angry,” Wendy Rittenhouse told Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Thursday night.
“President Biden don’t know my son whatsoever, and he’s not a white supremacist. He’s not a racist. And [Biden] did that for the votes,” said the angry mom.
“And I was so angry for a while at him and what he did to my son, he defamed him,” she added.
The post, which includes a 50-second clip, refers to a question Fox News host Chris Wallace asked Trump during a presidential debate about whether he was willing “to condemn white supremacists and militia groups” in the wake of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and other American cities.
The clip includes an image of Rittenhouse, 18, carrying a semi-automatic rifle.
The teen is on trial — charged with intentional homicide for killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, as well as attempted homicide for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, during protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, fired an AR-15-style weapon eight times in all during the unrest: four shots at an unarmed Joseph Rosenbaum, two shots at an unarmed unknown individual, one shot at an unarmed Anthony Huber and one shot at an armed Gaige Grosskreutz, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger stated for the prosecution, as per CNN.
Prosecutors have argued that Rittenhouse was the instigator of the violence, while his lawyers have claimed he acted in self-defense.
On Wednesday the 18-year-old took to the stand and broke down as he recounted the night of the shootings prompting the judge to pause proceedings.
The defense rested their case on Thursday. Closing arguments in Rittenhouse’s begin on November 15.
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