President Donald Trump on Monday defended the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who has been arrested for a double murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
On the eve of his visit to the embattled city, the president said the teenager ‘probably would have been killed’ by an angry mob if he hadn’t fired at them with the illegal gun he was carrying.
In a press briefing at the White House, Trump said, ‘He was trying to get away from them I guess, it looks like, and he fell on then they very violently attacked him,’
‘It was something that we are looking at right now and it’s under investigation, but I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would’ve been killed. It’s under investigation,’ he added.
On Tuesday, Trump will visit with law enforcement officials in Kenosha after the shooting of Jacob Blake sparked riots throughout the city. Blake was shot seven times in the back by a white cop in front of his three young children.
The incident sparked demonstrations and prompted vigilantes like Kyle Rittenhouse, who lives in Antioch, Illinois, to take to the streets with their own weapons. They said they no longer trust the police to protect them.
According to reports, Rittenhouse tripped and fell while running in the street. He was hit over the head by protester Anthony Huber, who had a skateboard and wanted to disarm him.
Rittenhouse, in response, opened fire and ended up killing Huber, Joseph Rosenbaum, and injured a third individual.
The teenager was arrested the following day and is detained in Illinois but will be extradited to Wisconsin later this month.
Rittenhouse is being charged with five felonies including first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide. He also faces a misdemeanor charge for possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor.