Presidential candidate Joe Biden responded on Monday after Donald Trump defended Kyle Rittenhouse, who killed two people and injured another last week in Kenosha, Wisconsin, at a Black Lives Matter protest.
“Tonight, the president declined to rebuke violence,” Biden said in a statement. “He wouldn’t even repudiate one of his supporters who is charged with murder because of his attacks on others.”
“He is too weak, too scared of the hatred he has stirred to put an end to it,” Biden charged.
“So once again, I urge the president to join me in saying that while peaceful protest is a right — a necessity — violence is wrong, period. No matter who does it, no matter what political affiliation they have. Period,” he repeated. “If Donald Trump can’t say that, then he is unfit to be president, and his preference for more violence, not less, is clear.”