Fact check: Trump misrepresents what happened in Kenosha


President Donald Trump is not waiting for a trial to resolve what happened on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, where prosecutors say a 17-year-old man fatally shot and killed two men with a semi-automatic rifle in a night of protest and violence Has. He makes a report contradicting the authorities who charged Kyle Rittenhouse with the murder.

In comments on and during his trip to Kenosha on Tuesday, Trump also falsely alleged that he owed the National Guard operations, which he had, in fact, not authorized. The Democratic governor of Wisconsin did.

Trump defends alleged perpetrators

Trump asked if he would condemn Rittenhouse’s actions: “We’re going to look at all of this. And that was an interesting situation. You saw the same tape as me. And he was trying to get away from them, I think; it looks like it attacked him very badly. And it’s something we’re looking at right now and it’s being investigated. But I think he was in very big trouble. He would be – I would have probably been killed. “- Press conference on Monday before the trip to Kenosha on Tuesday.

The facts: His claim that Rittenhouse only shot the men after he tripped and they attacked him is false. The first fatal shots occurred before Rittenhouse ran away and fell.

Trump did not say who he meant by “them” – the two men he shot or others who followed him. But he defended someone who opposed racial justice protesters who the authorities allege illegally carried a semi-automatic rifle and whom prosecutors accused of willful murder.

According to the criminal complaint published by the prosecutor, the victim Joseph Rosenbaum was first shot after following Rittenhouse into a parking lot, where Rosenbaum threw a plastic bag at the shooter and tried to take the gun from him.

The coroner found Rosenbaum was shot in the groin and back – which broke his pelvis and pierced his right lung and liver – and his left hand. He also suffered a superficial wound on his left thigh and a graze on his forehead.

Rittenhouse then ran down the street and was followed by several people who tried to stop him and shouted that he had just shot someone, according to the criminal complaint and cell phone video footage.

He stumbled and fell. Anthony Huber, who was carrying a skateboard, was shot in the chest after apparently trying to snatch the gun from Rittenhouse, the ad said. A third man was shot and injured.

Rittenhouse’s attorney said he acted to defend himself.

The National Guard

Trump on Wisconsin officials and the National Guard: “Once they responded and we took control, it went really well.” – Remarks in Kenosha.

Trump card: “One of the reasons I’m making the trip and going to Wisconsin today is because we had such great success shutting down a town that at the moment would be a town – that would have been Kenosha – a town except for Foundation walls burned down. … and everything stopped immediately when the National Guard arrived. “- Comments on Tuesday before boarding Air Force One for Wisconsin.

The facts: That is a distortion. He had nothing to do with the National Guard in Wisconsin. The federal government “had never taken it in hand”.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers activated the state’s National Guard the day after a Kenosha police officer shot and killed Jacob Blake, sparking protests and violence against police action and racism. When National Guards from three other states came to the rescue, it was because the governor had sought that help from other governors, not the White House.

Evers said National Guard forces from Arizona, Michigan and Alabama operate under the control of those states and Wisconsin, “not federal status.” The National Guards report to the governors and sometimes to the state legislatures, not Washington.

The federal government dispatched US Marshals Service deputy marshals and agents from the FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, a total of about 200. The restoration of order was primarily the responsibility of National Guard units and local law enforcement agencies.

Wisconsin National Guard Major General Paul Knapp said there were 1,000 National Guard soldiers from the other three states in Kenosha on Monday.

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