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Trump de­fends sup­porter ac­cused of shoot­ing 2 dead

... but Pres­i­dent de­cries the killing of an­other fan as ‘dis­grace­ful’

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DoN­AlD Trump has de­fended a teenage sup­porter ac­cused of shoot­ing dead two Black lives Mat­ter pro­test­ers.

The Pres­i­dent fanned the flames of un­rest in Wis­con­sin by claim­ing Rightwing vig­i­lante Kyle Rit­ten­house may have been act­ing in self-de­fence.

But in con­trast, Mr Trump then de­scribed the killing of an­other fan fol­low­ing clashes with anti-racism demon­stra­tors in ore­gon as ‘dis­grace­ful’.

The Pres­i­dent ar­rived in Kenosha, Wis­con­sin, last night to as­sess the af­ter­math of days of vi­o­lence.

The city saw protests turn to loot­ing and ar­son after a white of­fi­cer shot an un­armed black fa­ther seven times in the back. But ahead of his visit, Mr Trump de­fended 17-year-old sup­porter Rit­ten­house – who had shot three pro­test­ers, two of them fa­tally.

Mo­bile phone footage from Kenosha last week showed the teenage vig­i­lante wan­der­ing the streets with an AR-15 semi-au­to­matic ri­fle as part of the ‘Kenosha Guard’ who an­swered a Face­book call for ‘pa­tri­ots’ to pro­tect busi­nesses.

He al­legedly shot one man who threw a plas­tic bag at him in a car park as and he was then run­ning an­other away. after fall­ing

Mr Trump told a White House press con­fer­ence: ‘That was an in­ter­est­ing sit­u­a­tion, you saw the same tape as I saw, and he was try­ing to get away from them, I guess, it looks like. And he fell, and then they very vi­o­lently at­tacked him. I guess he was in very big trou­ble, he prob­a­bly would have been killed.’ Fa­ther- of- one Joseph Rosen­baum, 36, was shot and killed first, after fol­low­ing Rit­ten­house to a car park, according to court pa­pers. Mr Rosen­baum threw a plas­tic bag at the gun­man and at­tempted to take the weapon from him but was shot in the head.

An­thony Hu­ber, 26, then saw Rit­ten­house run­ning away and tack­led him with just his skate­board, only to be shot in the chest.

How­ever, after de­fend­ing the gun­man in Kenosha, Mr Trump then con­demned the death of one of his sup­port­ers, Aaron Daniel­son who, was killed in Port­land on Satur­day. Mr Daniel­son was shot in the streets fol­low­ing a Trump rally. The Pres­i­dent said: ‘[They] shot a young gen­tle­man and killed him – not with paint, but with a bul­let. And I think it’s dis­grace­ful.’

The racially- charged protests are the lat­est to hit Amer­ica since the death of Ge­orge Floyd at the hands of po­lice in May.

But Mr Trump told Fox News that Demo­cratic pres­i­den­tial

‘Peo­ple in the dark shad­ows’

ri­val Joe Bi­den was hav­ing his ‘strings’ pulled by ‘peo­ple you have never heard of, peo­ple in the dark shad­ows’.

Chal­lenged about his ‘con­spir­acy the­ory’, he said: ‘They are peo­ple that are on the streets, peo­ple who are con­trol­ling the streets.

‘We had some­body get on a plane from a cer­tain city, this week­end. And in the plane it was al­most com­pletely loaded with thugs wear­ing th­ese dark uni­forms, black uni­forms, with gear and this and that. They’re on a plane.’

 ??  ?? Dev­as­ta­tion: Don­ald Trump vis­its Kenosha yes­ter­day
Dev­as­ta­tion: Don­ald Trump vis­its Kenosha yes­ter­day
 ??  ?? Vig­i­lante: Kyle Rit­ten­house
Vig­i­lante: Kyle Rit­ten­house

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