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President Biden stated the responsible verdicts within the Ahmaud Arbery case “reflect our justice system doing its job,” putting a far different tone than the somber message he issued after the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse days earlier.

“Nothing can bring Mr. Arbery back to his family and to his community, but the verdict ensures that those who committed this horrible crime will be punished,” Biden stated in a press release Wednesday. “While the guilty verdicts reflect our justice system doing its job, that alone is not enough. Instead, we must recommit ourselves to building a future of unity and shared strength, where no one fears violence because of the color of their skin.”

PSAKI REFUSES TO RETRACT BIDEN’S CHARACTERIZATIONS OF KYLE RITTENHOUSE AS WHITE SUPREMACIST

President Biden delivers remarks on the economic system within the South Court Auditorium on the White House campus, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, in Washington.
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Jurors in Brunswick, Georgia, on Wednesday discovered Travis McMichael and his father, Greg McMichael, responsible on all counts within the homicide of Arbery. William “Roddie” Bryan, a neighbor of the McMichaels who joined in on their pursuit of Arbery, was additionally discovered responsible of felony homicide and aggravated assault.

While the responsible verdicts within the Arbery case have been broadly celebrated amongst liberals and conservatives alike, a Wisconsin jury’s acquittal days earlier of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two males throughout a riot in Kenosha final 12 months, drew left-wing condemnation. The criticism from progressives stemmed, partly, from Rittenhouse’s declare of self-defense and his use of a semi-automatic rifle, in addition to his race. While Rittenhouse and the lads he shot have been all White, critics argued {the teenager} acquired extra lenient therapy from regulation enforcement than any Black teen would.

Democrats have additionally repeatedly tried to accuse Rittenhouse of being a White supremacist, despite the fact that there was no proof linking him to any racist teams or ideologies. During his 2020 presidential marketing campaign, Biden shared a picture of Rittenhouse in a video he tweeted making an attempt to hyperlink Trump to White supremacists. He additionally tried to color Rittenhouse as a White supremacist throughout a CNN look earlier than the election. 

President Biden salutes and first lady Jill Biden waves as they board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

President Biden salutes and first girl Jill Biden waves as they board Air Force One at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland, on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. (Photographer: Oliver Contreras/Bloomberg by way of Getty Images)

Still, White House press secretary Jen Psaki defended Biden’s characterizations of Rittenhouse throughout a press convention on Tuesday, saying, “President Trump … didn’t just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he encouraged them throughout his presidency. So what we’ve seen are the tragic consequences of that – when people think it’s OK to take the law into their own hands instead of allowing law enforcement to do its job.”

After Rittenhouse’s acquittal final week, Biden struck a somber tone, saying he was “angry” and “concerned” in regards to the verdict.

“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” he stated. “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.”