During a White House briefing on Monday, occurring at the same time as closing arguments in the Kyle Rittenhouse case were being heard in Kenosha, Wisc., Fox News' Peter Doocy asked why President Biden had called Rittenhouse a "white supremacist" a year ago.
"Why did President Biden suggest that Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Kenosha is a white supremacist?" Doocy asked. Biden suggested that Rittenhouse a "white supremacist" in a campaign ad leading up to the 2020 presidential election.
"So Peter, what I'm not going to speak to right now is anything about an ongoing trial, nor the President's past comments. What I can reiterate for you is the President's view that we shouldn't have, broadly speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons. We shouldn't have opportunities, corrupting peaceful protests by writing and burning down the communities they claim to represent anywhere in the country," Psaki said.
"As you know, closing arguments in this particular case, which I'm not speaking to, I'm just making broad comments about his own view. There's an ongoing trial. We're awaiting a verdict beyond that I'm not going to speak to any individual's or this case," Psaki said.
"But the President has spoken to it already. And his mom now, Kyle Rittenhouse's mom came out saying that the President defamed her son. And claims, she thinks that when the President suggested her son's white supremacist who's doing that to win votes, is that what happened?" Doocy asked.
"I just had nothing more to speak to an ongoing case where the closing arguments were just made," Psaki dodged.
Joe Biden claimed Rittenhouse was a white supremacist who should be condemned, this without evidence, and prior to any due process Rittenhouse was entitled to. Biden was not happy enough to "disavow" Rittenhouse himself, but made hay about his opponent, then-President Donald Trump, not doing so.
In response, the Rittenhouse family filed suit against Joe Biden. Biden had no issue giving his opinion on other trials that were in progress. He gave his opinion while the jury was deliberating in the trial of Derek Chauvin, who was convicted of killing George Floyd in Minneapolis on May 25, 2020.