Trump Jr. On Alleged Shooter Roaming Kenosha With Gun: ‘We All Do Stupid Things At 17’ – Forbes

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When asked in an interview with the TV show Extra about the deadly shootings in Kenosha in which 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse has been accused of killing two protesters and wounding a third, Donald Trump Jr. said, “we’re waiting for due process,” and he lamented the tragedy of a “young kid” putting himself in a volatile situation while armed with a deadly weapon, saying, “We all do stupid things at 17.”

KEY FACTS

President Trump’s eldest son, who went on the show to promote his book “Liberal Privilege: Joe Biden and the Democrats Defense of the Indefensible,” was asked by host Rachel Lindsay about one of the biggest political issues during the presidential campaign: the Black Lives Matter movement.

In discussing the shooting of Jacob Blake by a white Kenosha police officer, and the subsequent protests, Lindsay, who is Black, asked: “But why hasn’t the Trump Administration or President Trump condemned what happened in Kenosha with Kyle Rittenhouse… coming across state lines and… murdering two people and injuring another,” referring to the homicide charges against the teen who traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha and, according to a criminal complaint, shot three protesters with a Smith & Wesson AR-15 style .223 rifle.

Trump said, “We’re waiting for due process. We’re not jumping to a conclusion… If I put myself in Kyle Rittenhouse[‘s shoes], maybe I shouldn’t have been there. He’s a young kid. I don’t want young kids running around the streets with AR-15s… Maybe I wouldn’t have put myself in that situation — who knows…? We all do stupid things at 17.”

When Lindsay responded “It’s a little beyond stupid,” Trump replied, “Really stupid — fine. But we all have to let due process play out and let due process take its course.”

Rittenhouse, who is charged with two counts of homicide and a count of attempted homicide, has gathered significant support from the right; he has received $478,041 in donations on the Christian crowdfunding site GiveSendGo.com; John Pierce, one of Rittenhouse’s attorney, has said the youth acted in self-defense.

A spokesman for Trump could not be reached for comment by Forbes.

tangent

When Forbes wrote about Trump Jr.’s book one week ago, it was eighth on Amazon’s best seller’s list. This week it was No. 46. The new No. 8 is “Rage” by noted journalist Bob Woodward about the presidency of Donald Trump. The sequel to his 2018 book “Fear: Trump in the White House,” is due out next week.

key background

The Trump administration and the president have been criticized for their response to the nationwide protests that have erupted since George Floyd, a Black man, died on Memorial Day under the knee of a white police officer, with many saying the administration has ignored the grievances over racial injustice and police violence that have driven the demonstrations and increased tension and division by framing them as a threat to law and order, referring to protesters as “mobs” and “thugs.” In the Extra interview, when Lindsay asked the president’s son about the phrase “Black Lives Matter” and did he understand “what that means and what the fight is for it?” Trump answered, “Of course. And I agree with it… It’s a very good marketing message, it’s a great catchphase, but that doesn’t back up a lot of the political ideology behind it.” Trump Jr. was among the speakers at the Republican National Convention pushing for his father’s re-election.

further reading

Don. Jr.’s Self-Published Book Climbs Amazon Charts As Right-Wing Media Thrives (Forbes)

Lawyer: Illinois Teen Charged With Kenosha Shootings, Kyle Rittenhouse, A ‘Scapegoat’ Who May Fight Extradition (Forbes)

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