Out of former Vice President Joe Biden’s many missteps related to Tuesday night’s debate, the worst appears to still be causing growing outrage.
Worse yet, the snowballing mistake could soon land the Democratic nominee in some serious legal trouble.
The problems for Biden began after debate moderator Chris Wallace asked President Donald Trump to denounce white supremacists and militias, lumping a hateful ideology in with many people who are simply expressing their Second Amendment rights.
“Are you willing tonight,” Wallace said, “to condemn white supremacists and militia group and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland?”
Trump, rightfully, asked for a clarification on exactly who he was supposed to be denouncing.
After all, he argued, most of the violence he was aware of was from the political left, not the right.
Members of the young man’s legal defense team quickly took action against Biden’s false characterization of Rittenhouse as a white supremacist, demanding a retraction from the former vice president.
L. Lin Wood, one attorney on the team, confirmed that a “formal demand for public retraction is being prepared for” the Biden campaign.
Biden must “immediately retract his false accusation that Kyle is a white supremacist & militia member responsible for violence in Kenosha,” Wood wrote.
The demands are growing as attorneys and the general public alike voice their desire for Biden to be held accountable.
Marina Medvin, another member of Rittenhouse’s defense team, characterized Biden’s comments as “defamatory,” meaning there could be some real legal trouble in store for the Democratic nominee.
Response to Joe Biden's defamatory allegation that my client Kyle Rittenhouse is a "white supremacist" — pic.twitter.com/m2QUJ25rAt
— Marina Medvin 🇺🇸 (@MarinaMedvin) September 30, 2020
Unless Biden wants the country to assume he operates under a presumed-guilty-until-proven-innocent mindset, a public retraction and a sincere apology are looking like the candidate’s best bet going forward.
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