Biden, Harris release statements on Rittenhouse verdict

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris have weighed in on the verdict of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, in which Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all five charges against him.

Earlier in the day, Biden said the jury system works and he stood by their decision.

The White House later issued a full statement:

While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken. I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us. I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law.

I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy. The White House and Federal authorities have been in contact with Governor Evers’s office to prepare for any outcome in this case, and I have spoken with the Governor this afternoon and offered support and any assistance needed to ensure public safety.

Harris weighed in on Twitter Friday night, writing:

“Today’s verdict speaks for itself. I’ve spent a majority of my career working to make our criminal justice system more equitable. It’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do.”

Numerous Wisconsin lawmakers from both parties have also issued statements in the wake of the verdict.

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