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President Biden Friday avoided addressing whether he still thinks Kyle Rittenhouse is a white supremacist, on the same day jurors came back with a verdict of not guilty on all counts in the Wisconsin teen’s murder trial.
Biden, who says he did not watch the trial, spoke briefly about the jury’s decision.
Asked whether he stood by his previous inclusion of Rittenhouse in a campaign ad focusing on white supremacy last year, Biden refused to answer and instead said he stands by the jury’s conclusion.
“Look, I stand by what the jury has concluded,” Biden said. “The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”
During his presidential campaign, Biden shared an image of Rittenhouse in a video he tweeted attempting to link former President Trump to White supremacists.
Following the verdict, Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., demanded Biden “publicly apologize” to Rittenhouse for the statement he made in 2020.
“Joe Biden needs to publicly apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse,” Cotton tweeted.
Rittenhouse would have faced a mandatory life sentence if found guilty and convicted of first-degree intentional homicide.