President Donald Trump late Monday defended the actions of a 17-year-old vigilante and Trump supporter who was charged with murder last week after killing two people and injuring another with a military-style semi-automatic rifle in Kenosha, Wisconsin during demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.\u0022This is the same guy who called neo-Nazis and white supremacists very fine people. We know exactly where he stands.\u0022 —Rep. Pramila JayapalAsked during a press briefing whether he would condemn the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse—who has been enthusiastically embraced by the right-wing media—after criticizing Democratic nominee Joe Biden for offering a purportedly insufficient denunciation of violence, Trump said \u0022that was an interesting situation\u0022 and proceeded to suggest Rittenhouse\u0026#039;s shooting of three people was justified on self-defense grounds.\u0022He was trying to get away from them, I guess; it looks like,\u0022 the president said. \u0022And he fell, and then they very violently attacked him. And it was something that we\u0026#039;re looking at right now and it\u0026#039;s under investigation. But I guess he was in very big trouble. He would have been... he probably would have been killed.\u0022Watch:Trump defends Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old supporter of his who is charged with murdering two protesters in Kenosha pic.twitter.com/KdfkdTPRVG— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) August 31, 2020As the Washington Post\u0026#039;s Aaron Blake wrote in a column Monday evening, \u0022it bears noting that there is much we don\u0026#039;t know about the Rittenhouse situation.\u0022\u0022Multiple videos show him being chased by demonstrators, though it\u0026#039;s not clear what preceded that,\u0022 wrote Blake. \u0022Prosecutors charged him with two counts of murder and one count of attempted homicide. Trump\u0026#039;s comments echoed the defense put forth by the 17-year-old\u0026#039;s attorneys, who said he \u0026#039;did nothing wrong\u0026#039; and \u0026#039;exercised his God-given, constitutional, common law, and statutory law right to self-defense.\u0026#039;\u0022\u0022It\u0026#039;s one thing to decline to denounce someone more forcefully—particularly when there is an ongoing legal case; it\u0026#039;s another to volunteer defenses for them,\u0022 Blake added. \u0022And for a president who has criticized his opponent for supposedly failing to condemn people on his political side specifically enough, it was instructive that Trump declined to provide a similar statement.\u0022Members of Congress were quick to voice outrage at Trump\u0026#039;s remarks, which came just hours before he is expected to visit Kenosha against the wishes of Wisconsin\u0026#039;s governor and other officials in the state.\u0022Trump doesn\u0026#039;t condemn it because he incites it,\u0022 tweeted Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), co-chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus. \u0022This is the same guy who called neo-Nazis and white supremacists very fine people. We know exactly where he stands.\u0022Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) said that while the president\u0026#039;s decision to defend Rittenhouse was not necessarily surprising, it nonetheless represented \u0022a dark moment for the country.\u0022\u0022It puts the lie to Trump\u0026#039;s talk of \u0026#039;law and order\u0026#039;—his rhetoric incites violence and murder,\u0022 added Beyer.