Psaki Asked Whether Joe Biden Plans On Apologizing to Kyle Rittenhouse for Suggesting He Is a White Supremacist; She Blames it On Trump

White House press secretary Jen Psaki was pressed Monday over whether President Joe Biden is planning to offer an apology to Kyle Rittenhouse after falsely suggesting the teen is a white supremacist.

“Would the President ever apologize to the acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting online and on TV, that he is a white supremacist?” Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked.

“Well, let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump’s own words during a debate, as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, and President Trump, as we know from history, and as many of you covered, didn’t just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency,” Psaki said.

“So, you know, what we’ve seen are the tragic consequences of that, when people think it’s okay to take the law into their own hands, instead of allowing law enforcement to do its job and the president believes in condemning hatred, division, and violence,” she added.

“That’s exactly what was done in that video.”

Doocy then recalled an interview Biden gave CNN in 2020 when he said:

I don’t know enough to know whether that 17-year-old kid, exactly what he did, but allegedly he’s part of a militia coming out of the state of Illinois. Have you ever heard this president say one negative thing about white supremacists? Have you ever heard it? That’s the reason I got back in this race because what happened in Charlottesville.

“The President also gave an interview where he said this Rittenhouse was ‘part of a militia coming out of Illinois. Have you ever heard of this President, referring to Trump, say one negative thing about white supremacists?’” the reporter said.

“These are all things, none of this was proven in the trial and Kyle Rittenhouse is saying that the President had actual malice in defaming his character. Is that what happened here?” the reporter continued.

But Psaki did not directly answer the question, saying, “The president spoke to the verdict last week.”

“He has obviously condemned the hatred and division and violence we’ve seen around the country by groups like the Proud Boys and groups that that individual has posed in photos with, but beyond that, I’ll leave it to his comments around the verdict,” she added.

Here’s the full transcript:

REPORTER: Would the President ever apologize to the acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting online and on TV, that he is a white supremacist?

JEN PSAKI, PRESS SECRETARY: Well, let’s be clear what we’re talking about here. This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump’s own words during a debate, as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups, and President Trump, as we know from history, and as many of you covered, didn’t just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency. So, you know, what we’ve seen are the tragic consequences of that, when people think it’s okay to take the law into their own hands, instead of allowing law enforcement to do its job and the president believes in condemning hatred, division, and violence. That’s exactly what was done in that video.

REPORTER: But if, you’re saying that it was just a campaign video, it wasn’t. The President also gave an interview where he said this Rittenhouse was ‘part of a militia coming out of Illinois. Have you ever heard of this President, referring to Trump, say one negative thing about white supremacists?’ These are all things, none of this was proven in the trial and Kyle Rittenhouse is saying that the President had actual malice in defaming his character. Is that what happened here?

PSAKI: The President spoke to the verdict last week. He has obviously condemned the hatred and division and violence we’ve seen around the country by groups like the Proud Boys and groups that that individual has posed in photos with, but beyond that, I’ll leave it to his comments around the verdict.