Hunting addict Donald Trump Jr appeared to leap to the defence of alleged Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, saying “we all do stupid things at 17”.
The President’s son, whose recent rare shooting hunt cost US taxpayers $75,000, made an appearance on US TV show Extra last night to plug his book, ‘Liberal Privilege’.
He called for due process in the case of 17-year-old Rittenhouse, who has been accused of killing two protesters and wounding a third in the Wisconsin city of Kenosha.
“We’re waiting for due process. We’re not jumping to a conclusion,” he said.
“If I put myself in Kyle Rittenhouse[‘s shoes], maybe I shouldn’t have been there. He’s a young kid. I don’t want young kids running around the streets with AR-15s. … Maybe I wouldn’t have put myself in that situation — who knows? We all do stupid things at 17.”
“It’s a little beyond stupid,” the show’s host, Rachel Lindsay, replied.
“Really stupid — fine,” Trump Jr. conceded. “But we all have to let due process play out and let due process take its course.”
RT if you never killed anyone when you were 17 https://t.co/K3X5mOuaFf— Pariah Carey (@weekend3warrior) September 9, 2020
Earlier this month Donald Trump refused to condemn the teenager, saying he “probably would have been killed” if he had not opened fire on demonstrators.
Speaking during a White House briefing Mr Trump said Rittenhouse was being “very violently attacked” before he allegedly opened fire on people protesting over the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a police officer in the city.