In an appearance on Sean Hannity’s Fox News program, former Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi defended 17-year-old double murder suspect Kyle Rittenhouse by characterizing him as a “little boy” who was attempting to “protect his community” during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last month.
“You have got a 17-year-old out there trying to protect his state,” Bondi said, ignoring the fact that Rittenhouse that traveled from out of state to Kenosha. “He is helping people who have been injured. He has paramedic training from being a lifeguard. He is taking graffiti off walls. He is trying to mitigate the chaos out there.”
Bondi later released a statement to Newsweek, clarifying that she meant Rittenhouse was “defending a nearby city,” not his home state or community.
“This kid was out there trying to help people. Were people killed? Absolutely,” she continued. “But again, we don’t know yet. You’ve got a little boy out there trying to protect his community.”
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Pam Bondi calls Kyle Rittenhouse "a little boy out there trying to protect his community." pic.twitter.com/ooAZEE83TS
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