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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg said Sunday that there was “a lot of excitement” following the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
Buttigieg was asked by NBC News host Chuck Todd to comment on the case, which closed Friday after a jury acquitted Rittenhouse in the fatal shooting of two men during a riot last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
KYLE RITTENHOUSE FOUND NOT GUILTY IN ALL NUMBERS IN KENOSHA PROCEEDINGS
“Look, there is a lot of pain in this country and that pain and frustration has been caused by the entire case, including the verdict,” Buttigieg said. “And for many of us there is a lot to worry about, a lot to worry about, but we will move forward as a country.
“The president continues to believe and this administration continues to believe in America and we must keep working to bring Americans together,” 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 make many Americans angry and concerned, including me.”
The president said the jury’s decision must be respected, despite his personal feelings on the matter.
“I made the promise to bring Americans together because I believe that what binds us is much bigger than what divides us,” said Biden. “I know we will not heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I stand firm in my obligation to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, by the law. “
Vice President Harris and other Democrats in Congress also took part. Harris said the verdict “speaks for itself” and “it is clear there is still much to be done”.
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“The judge. The jury. The defense attorney. It is white supremacy in action. This system is not designed to hold white racists accountable,” said Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., tweeted. “That is why blacks and browns are treated brutally and locked in cages, while white racist murderers roam free. I’m injured. I am angry. I have lovesickness.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, DN. Y., went to twitter and said a “heartbreaking verdict is a miscarriage of justice” and “sets dangerous precedent to warrant federal review by the DOJ”.