Previous President TrumpDonald Trump Republican Senate Candidate Says Fauci Is A ‘Mass Killer’, Should Be Imprisoned Instead Of A ‘Hero’ Rittenhouse Overnight Health Care – Presented By Emergent Biosolutions – Pfizer, The COVID-19 Pill Deal US Strike On The Money – House Democrats Ready To Build Back Better MORE congratulated Kyle Rittenhouse after a jury found him not guilty of all charges at the conclusion of his murder trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday afternoon.
A jury in Kenosha acquitted Rittenhouse of all five charges brought against him, including intentional murder. Rittenhouse was charged with first degree first degree manslaughter, first degree attempted manslaughter, first degree reckless manslaughter and two counts of first degree reckless endangerment after he fatally shot two men and injured a third during civil unrest in Kenosha last year.
“Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges,” Trump said in a statement Friday.
“It’s called being found NOT GUILTY – And by the way, if that’s not self-defense, nothing is!” added.
The teenager had traveled from Illinois to Kenosha after illegally purchasing an AR-15 from a friend and arrived as protesters protested the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was shot in the back by police seven times. Blake survived the shooting, but the injuries he sustained left him paralyzed.
During the trial, which has lasted about two weeks, the defense argued that Rittenhouse used his AR-15 in self-defense because protesters attacked him. His lawyers claimed he was at the protest with a weapon to protect small businesses from looters, according to his testimony.
Prosecutors alleged that Rittenhouse came to Kenosha seeking trouble and argued that the killings could not be considered in self-defense if Rittenhouse provoked attacks.
After three and a half days of deliberations, the jury was unanimous in acquitting the teenager. Rittenhouse could have faced life in prison had he been convicted of the willful murder charge.
The Rittenhouse case is controversial and its verdict has left a nation divided over the jury’s decision. Conservatives and Republican lawmakers praised the verdict Friday afternoon, and members of Congress like Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) offered the teen an internship.
“Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty, my friends. You have the right to defend yourself, so be armed, dangerous and moral, ”Cawthorne said in a video posted on social media on Friday.
Critics of the decision, including Democratic lawmakers, have criticized the jury’s verdict.
Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, called the decision a “parody.”
“Rittenhouse’s decision to go to Kenosha and provoke the protesters was unjustified. Furthermore, the outcome of this case sets a dangerous precedent,” Johnson said in a statement. “We have seen this same result over and over again; a justice system that presents different results based on the race of the accused. This verdict is a reminder of the treacherous role that white supremacy and privilege play within our justice system. “.