'We all do stupid things at 17': Donald Trump Jr. refuses to condemn 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse charged in Kenosha killings

  • Donald Trump Jr. dismissed alleged Kenosha shooter 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse as a "young kid" who did a "stupid thing."
  • "We all do stupid things at 17," Trump Jr. said in an interview with ExtraTV. "We're not jumping to a conclusion."
  • President Donald Trump has also refused to condemn the armed teenager who drove across state lines to Kenosha and has been charged with killing two people. 
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Donald Trump Jr. dismissed Kyle Rittenhouse, the armed teenager accused of killing two people in Kenosha last month, as a "young kid" who did a "stupid thing."

"Maybe I wouldn't have put myself in that situation, who knows? But we all do stupid things at 17," the president's son said of the alleged double murder. 

Trump Jr. brushed aside charges against the 17-year-old during an interview with ExtraTV this week when he was pressed by host Rachel Lindsay on why the Trump administration, including President Donald Trump, have refused to condemn Rittenhouse.

"He's a young kid — I don't want 17-year-olds running around the street with AR-15s," Trump Jr. said. "We're waiting for due process. We're not jumping to a conclusion."

A Trump supporter, Rittenhouse drove across state lines with a rifle to the Wisconsin city during protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse has been arrested for first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide, among other charges.

"I think that's a little bit beyond stupid," Lindsay told Trump Jr.

"Really stupid — fine," Trump Jr. replied. "But we all have to let that process play out and let due process take its course."

The comments come after the president last week called the shooting "an interesting situation."

"He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like, and he fell, and then they very violently attacked him," Trump said. 

The case is currently under investigation by the Wisconsin Department of Justice.

Trump Jr. appeared on ExtraTV to promote his new self-published book, "Liberal Privilege," which hit stands this week and has landed on Amazon's bestseller list. Also released this week were books by former White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Trump's ex-lawyer and former friend Michael Cohen. 

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