Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden released a digital ad on his official Twitter account on Wednesday morning that included President Donald Trump’s debate remarks on white supremacists. During the ad images from Charlottesville, Virginia are shown. Thirty-seven seconds into the ad, Chris Wallace is seen to be discussing white supremacy and mentions Kenosha, Wisconsin, an image of Kyle Rittenhouse is shown.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, is charged with the deaths of two individuals who attacked him on the night of August 25 in Kenosha.
“There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night,” posted Biden on Twitter.
L.Lin Wood, Rittenhouse’s attorney responded to the ad on Twitter. “Formal demand for public retraction is being prepared for [the] Biden/Harris Campaign on behalf of Kyle Rittenhouse,” he wrote. Wood previously represented Nick Sandmann in his defamation case against the media when they falsely accused the Covington Catholic high school student of being a white supremacist.
Wood further commented, “I also hereby demand that @JoeBiden immediately retract his false accusation that Kyle is a white supremacist & militia member responsible for violence in Kenosha.”
In a follow-up tweet, Wood stated that they would “rip Biden to shreds” in a deposition.
“When I take @JoeBiden deposition on cross-examination, no wire or computer contact lenses will save him. I will rip Joe into shreds. Ask witnesses who have had the misfortune of sitting across the table from me under oath. You don’t mess with my children, my pup, or my clients,” Wood tweeted.
An 11-minute video that outlined events leading up to the fatal shooting of two rioters in Kenosha was released by Rittenhouse’s legal defense team. It was broadcast on Tucker Carlson’s show on Fox News.
“So people are getting injured,” Rittenhouse stated on the night of the shooting – before the events that led to his arrest. “Our job is to protect this business. Part of my job is to help people. If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way.”
The video also shows Rittenhouse yelling to the protesters, “I have a medic kit. If you are injured, come to me!”
“A surrounded Rittenhouse squeezed four shots in Rosenbaum’s direction. Seconds later, three additional shots were reportedly fired by an unknown shooter. One bullet grazed Rosenbaum’s head while another penetrated his right groin, his left thigh, and his back,” the video narrator states. The law firm representing Rittenhouse, Pierce Bainbridge, previously released a statement clarifying that the teen was cleaning up graffiti left by protesters during the riot the night before the incident. Rittenhouse assisted a local car dealership by protecting it from rioters by arming themselves and standing guard at the location.
Rittenhouse’s lawyers claim that the teen was threatened by rioters who recognized him at the car dealership and hunted him down. When an unknown assailant fired a gun, Rittenhouse turned around and was immediately faced with an attacker, now identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, prompting the teen to open fire in self-defense. He would later seek out police, but was once again set upon by the mob.
“In fear for his life and concerned the crowd would either continue to shoot at him or even use his own weapon against him, Kyle had no choice but to fire multiple rounds towards his immediate attackers, striking two, including one armed attacker,” Pierce Bainbridge stated.
Video evidence released to the public appears to back up Rittenhouse’s defense.
Rittenhouse appeared September 25 before a judge in his home state of Illinois, where judge is expected to decide whether to send him to Kenosha, Wisconsin to go to trial there.
The decision in that hearing will be made October 9.