President Joe Biden told reporters on Friday that the "judicial system is working" after being asked about the finding of Kyle Rittenhouse innocent in all the cases since the shooting of two people in Wisconsin last year.
Biden was asked if he stood up "in his previous remarks likening him to white supremacy," referring to Biden's Twitter post in 2020 criticizing his opponent for not criticizing white supremacy, including a video with a picture of Rittenhouse.
"I stand by what the judge holds," Biden said.
Biden, who was returning to the White House after completing his body Friday morning, told reporters he had not watched the case and had just learned of the verdict, but "the judicial system is working and we have to keep it."
In a lengthy statement issued by the White House shortly after, Biden said, "While the decision in Kenosha will leave many Americans angry and worried, including me, we must admit that the judge has already spoken."
"I urge everyone to express their views in a peaceful, lawful manner. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy."
Rittenhouse, 18, has been charged with culpable homicide in the assassination of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and culpable homicide in the death of Anthony Huber, 26, in Aug. 25, 2020, during protests on the days of the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white Kenosha police officer.
The case was politically motivated shortly after Rittenhouse's arrest, as he was hailed as a hero to the right-wing media for taking action against protesters. Liberal officials have cited the case - in which a white shooter was able to volunteer for a trial - as an example of intense racial inequality in the justice system.
"What we are seeing is a system that works as it was designed and protects those for which it was designed," Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., On Twitter after the decision. "My heart is still broken by the broken communities and families now, as well as countless others who will be denied and deprived of the same conditions across the country," he wrote.
Deputy President Kamala Harris wrote on Twitter on Friday that "the decision speaks for itself," but also suggested bias in the justice system.
"I have spent most of my career working to make our criminal justice system more equitable," said Harris, a former prosecutor. "Obviously, there is still a lot of work to be done."
Rittenhouse's case also became a political issue during the 2020 presidential race, in which former President Donald Trump expressed sympathy for the youth.
Biden's campaign used a photo of Rittenhouse in a video focusing on Trump's response to whether he would condemn whites and militant groups in violent protests.
Rittenhouse's mother Wendy Rittenhouse said the video "insulted" her son. “He is not a white man. He is not a racist, ”he told Fox News last week.
The presiding judge, Bruce Schroeder, urged the judges to set aside their politics before the hearing, telling them to "ignore the views of anyone, not even the president of the United States, or the president before him."
Trump celebrated the decision in a statement. "Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse on being found UNNECENTLY in all cases.
There were conflicting ideas about what this decision meant in the American tradition of the use of firearms. New York government spokeswoman Kathy Hochul, a Democrat, tweeted that Rittenhouse "used an assault rifle to kill two people. This is not fair. If there is a question about why we need strict gun safety laws, this is your answer. This should never be allowed." the work we have to do. "