Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg mentioned Sunday that there’s “a lot to be upset about” following the not-guilty verdict within the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
Buttigieg was requested by NBC News anchor Chuck Todd to weigh in on the case, which concluded Friday after a jury acquitted Rittenhouse within the deadly capturing of two males throughout a riot final yr in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
KYLE RITTENHOUSE FOUND NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS IN KENOSHA TRIAL
“Look, there’s a lot of pain in this country, and that pain and that frustration was aroused by the entire case, including the verdict,” Buttigieg mentioned. “And for a lot of us, there’s just a lot to be upset about, a lot to be concerned about, but we’ll move forward as a country.
“The president continues to consider and this administration continues to consider in America and we’ve bought to proceed working to convey Americans collectively,” he said.
Buttigieg’s comments on the trial were similar to those of President Biden, who said in a statement Friday that the verdict “will depart many Americans feeling indignant and anxious, myself included.”
The president mentioned the jury’s resolution should be revered regardless of his private emotions on the matter.
“I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us,” Biden said. “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.”
Vice President Harris and different Democrats in Congress additionally weighed in. Harris mentioned the decision “speaks for itself” and that “it’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do.”
“The judge. The jury. The defendant. It’s white supremacy in action. This system isn’t built to hold white supremacists accountable,” Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., tweeted. “It’s why Black and brown folks are brutalized and put in cages while white supremacist murderers walk free. I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m heartbroken.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., took to Twitter and mentioned a “heartbreaking verdict is a miscarriage of justice” and “sets a dangerous precedent which justifies federal review by DOJ.”
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