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White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki on Tuesday declined to retract comments by President Biden that portrayed 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse as a white supremacist.

During his daily press briefing, Peter Ducey of Granthshala News asked whether the president would be willing to apologize for being a white supremacist on two separate occasions during the 2020 presidential race.

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Psaki responded, “This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump’s own words during the debate because he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups.” “And President Trump, as we know from history, and as many of you have covered, didn’t rule out condemning militia groups on the debate stage, he encouraged them throughout his presidency. .

“So, you know, what we’ve seen is the sad consequences of that – when people are better off taking the law into their own hands than allowing the law to take its course,” she said. “And the President believes in condemning hatred, division and violence. That’s exactly what was done in that video.”

During his presidential campaign, Biden shared an image of Rittenhouse in a video attempting to link Trump to white supremacists. He also attempted to portray Rittenhouse as a white supremacist during a CNN appearance before the election.

President Joe Biden walks from Marine One to the West Wing on the South Lawn from the White House on November 21, 2021 in Washington.

“I don’t know enough to know what that 17-year-old really did,” Biden said in August 2020. The one negative thing the president says about white supremacists? Have you ever heard it?”

Ducey asked Psaki about that statement on Tuesday, “None of it was proven at trial. And Kyle Rittenhouse is saying that the president had genuine malice in defaming his character. Is that what happened here? ?”

“The president spoke on the decision last week,” Saki replied. “He has explicitly condemned the hatred and division and violence witnessed by the Pride Boys and groups across the country with which the man posted the photos. But other than that, I will leave it to his comments around the verdict. “

A Wisconsin jury last week acquitted Rittenhouse in the fatal shootings of two people during a riot in Kenosha last year.

Biden said Friday that the verdict “would leave many Americans feeling angry and worried, including me,” but the jury’s decision must be respected.

Rittenhouse later told Tucker Carlson of Granthshala News that he felt his character had been maligned by the president.