In an interview that aired on Fox News Channel’s “Hannity” program, Mr. Trump noted that he had met Mr. Rittenhouse briefly Monday. He called him “a really nice young man” and Fox News quickly aired a photo during that segment of the hour-long interview.
“He should never have been put through this,” the former president said.
Many conservatives had long denounced the charges as obviously rebutted by publicly available video at the time of the riots that show the three White men shot by the teenager, two fatally, were attacking him at the moment.
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