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Trump defends supporter Kyle Rittenhouse — who has been charged with murdering protesters

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At Monday’s press briefing, CNN reporter Kaitlan Collins asked President Donald Trump whether he plans to denounce the Trump supporters who have engaged in violence while clashing with Black Lives Matter protests.

Trump initially tried to claim the right-wing demonstrators’ behavior wasn’t violent, saying that they had a paintball gun and “paint is not bullets” — but then Collins quickly reminded him of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with murder after fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Trump’s reaction was to defend him.

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“That was an interesting situation,” said Trump. “He was trying to get away from them … and then they very violently attacked him.” Trump added that “He probably would’ve been killed,” but that “it’s under investigation.”

Rittenhouse has been staunchly defended by a group of right-wing commentators and lawyers, who claim he acted in self-defense. Current video footage does not make clear whether that was the case.

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Chris Wallace allowed Trump to turn debate into a ‘disgusting moment for democracy’: columnist

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Writing in The Atlantic this Wednesday, James Fallows called Tuesday night's first presidential debate a "disgusting night for Democracy" -- and he laid a good portion of the blame at moderator Chris Wallace's feet.

"It became obvious five minutes in that Donald Trump’s strategy was to interrupt, yell, insult, and disrupt as often as he could," Fallows writes. "This is a strategy that can work only if no one gets in the way of it, and Chris Wallace just let it go on."

Fallows acknowledges that Trump is a hard person to reign in, but adds that Wallace should have adapted, but didn't. Wallace did not enforce the rules, and the result was the same as it would be in a brawl or an unrefereed sporting match, according to Fallows -- who didn't completely absolve Biden, saying he was taking Trump's bait half the time.

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Trump fans already blaming Democrats for election violence: ‘Don’t think I’d be walking around in my MAGA hat’

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President Donald Trump has refused to commit to the peaceful transition of power, but his supporters appear overwhelmingly convinced that any election-related violence will be provoked by his opponents.

The president has repeatedly suggested that nationwide protests against police brutality are part of a conspiracy to undermine his re-election, and 10 of 11 delegates to the Republican National Convention interviewed by Politico believe violence will surge if Trump wins.

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Fox News host grills Trump spokesman on his Proud Boys comment — and tells her ‘they’re celebrating it’

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President Donald Trump's request that the far-right Proud Boys gang "stand back and stand by" is drawing heavy criticism, especially because the group itself is openly celebrating the president's remark as an explicit endorsement.

Fox News host Sandra Smith on Wednesday grilled White House spokeswoman Alyssa Farah about what the president meant and asked her if she wanted to walk back any of his statements.

"The president saying, 'Proud Boys, stand back and stand by', does the White House or the president want to clarify or explain what he meant by that, because they're celebrating it, the group," she said.

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