President Trump declined to condemn the actions of the suspected 17-year-old shooter of 3 protesters against police brutality in Kenosha — claiming, without evidence, that it appeared the gunman was acting in self-defense.https://t.co/a7LnGABckN
— NPR (@NPR) September 1, 2020
“Without evidence” is not intended to be a factual claim indicating that the evidence doesn’t exist.
It’s just a kind of catchphrase that’s tacked on after Donald Trump is quoted.
NPR was strongly criticized Tuesday after it claimed that President Trump had “no evidence” that Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who shot three protesters in Kenosha, Wis. last week, acted out of self-defense.
“You saw the same tape as I saw,” Trump said during a White House press briefing on Monday. “He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like. And he fell, and then they very violently attacked him, and it was something that we’re looking at right now, and it’s under investigation, but I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed but it’s under investigation.”
NPR responded on Tuesday by tweeting: “President Trump declined to condemn the actions of the suspected 17-year-old shooter of 3 [sic] protesters against police brutality in Kenosha — claiming, without evidence, that it appeared the gunman was acting in self-defense.”
Obviously, the footage shows definitively that Kyle was acting in self-defense, and the footage, typically, would be considered “evidence.”
Did you know that NPR is taxpayer-funded?
Does that make sense?
Kyle spoke from county jail this week.
He’s in good spirits.
KYLE RITTENHOUSE SPEAKS!!!!!! THIS MUST BE THE TWEET HEARD ‘ROUND THE WORLD!!!!!! RETWEET AND DONATE TO THE #FIGHTBACK FOUNDATION RIGHT NOW!!!!! #PaulRevere @LLinWood @realDonaldTrump @TuckerCarlson @michellemalkin @PressSec pic.twitter.com/fOCzeLGkcm
— John Pierce (@CaliKidJMP) September 1, 2020