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Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg stated Sunday that there’s “lots to be upset about” following the not-guilty verdict within the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
Buttigieg was requested by NBC Information anchor Chuck Todd to weigh in on the case, which concluded Friday after a jury acquitted Rittenhouse within the deadly taking pictures of two males throughout a riot final yr in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“Look, there’s numerous ache on this nation, and that ache and that frustration was aroused by your entire case, together with the decision,” Buttigieg stated. “And for lots of us, there’s only a lot to be upset about, lots to be involved about, however we’ll transfer ahead as a rustic.
“The president continues to consider and this administration continues to consider in America and we’ve bought to proceed working to convey Individuals collectively,” he stated.
Buttigieg’s feedback on the trial had been just like these of President Biden, who stated in an announcement Friday that the decision “will go away many Individuals feeling indignant and anxious, myself included.”
The president stated the jury’s choice should be revered regardless of his private emotions on the matter.
“I ran on a promise to convey Individuals collectively, as a result of I consider that what unites us is much larger than what divides us,” Biden said. “I do know that we’re not going to heal our nation’s wounds in a single day, however I stay steadfast in my dedication to do every thing in my energy to make sure that each American is handled equally, with equity and dignity, beneath the regulation.”
Vice President Harris and different Democrats in Congress additionally weighed in. Harris stated the decision “speaks for itself” and that “it’s clear, there’s nonetheless much more work to do.”
“The decide. The jury. The defendant. It’s white supremacy in motion. This technique isn’t constructed to carry white supremacists accountable,” Rep. Cori Bush, D-Mo., tweeted. “It’s why Black and brown of us are brutalized and put in cages whereas white supremacist murderers stroll free. I’m harm. I’m indignant. I’m heartbroken.”
Rep. Jerry Nadler, D-N.Y., took to Twitter and stated a “heartbreaking verdict is a miscarriage of justice” and “units a harmful precedent which justifies federal evaluate by DOJ.”