Trump is accused of showing more support for Rittenhouse than victims of half a dozen mass shootings as president

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Donald Trump has faced accusations for which he has shown more support Kyle Rittenhouse than victims of half a dozen mass shootings that occurred during his presidency – including in Parkland, Florida and El Paso, Texas – after pictures appeared on the duo.

“Kyle Rittenhouse has already received more support from Trump than the families of the victims of some mass shootings,” author John Pavlovitz tweeted about Rittenhouse’s meeting with Trump at Mar-a-Lago, Florida, on Monday.

“Republican politicians fall for themselves to praise him [Mr Rittenhouse]. If you still vote for the Republican, you are wrong. “

Mr Trump told Fox News Sean Hannity on Tuesday night that Mr Rittenhouse had asked to visit him at Mar-a-Lago after the trial and that “he came over with his mother” and was a “really nice young man.”

It was the teenager from Illinois found innocent last Friday for shooting dead two men and injuring another during demonstrations against police brutality and racism in Kenosha.

The acquittal has been widely described as an injustice to black Americans and a refutation of proponents of stricter gun control in the United States, where Rittenhouse’s trial has been hailed by right-wing commentators and Republicans in Congress as an act of self-defense.

“What he went through … that was the prosecutor’s dishonesty,” Trump claimed on Tuesday. “He should not have to go to trial for that. He would be dead.”

Mr Trump, who promised to do more after the twin tragedies in El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, one weekend in August 2019, went on to claim that the teenager “did not pull the trigger”, he “would have been dead.”

The comments follow a long-running feud between Trump and survivors of the Parkland shooting, in which 17 people were killed in February 2018 by a lone gunman.

The victims were among 155 killed in mass shootings during the Trump administration (where there were ten or more victims).

On Twitter on Wednesday, a critic of Trump wrote“Remember that when President Trump was sitting with survivors of the Parkland shooting, just when he promised to investigate the gun violence. Here is the result.”

“Do you remember the Trump photo after the El Paso massacre with him and Melania smiling with her thumb up and a child whose parents were killed in that massacre?” Wrote another Twitter user. “Talk about bad optics”.

On Monday, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki, meanwhile, defended statements by US President Joe Biden last year accusing Trump of inciting white supremacist violence.

A video shared by Mr Biden on Twitter featured Mr Rittenhouse, who is facing charges of posing with members of the far-right Proud Boys militia.

Ms Psaki told reporters that Mr Biden “spoke to the verdict last week, he has obviously condemned the hatred and division and violence we have seen around the country [committed] of groups like Proud Boys, and groups that that person has posed for photos with ”.

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