Psaki was questioned by Fox News' Peter Doocy throughout her daily press briefing why Biden previously described Rittenhouse as a White supremacist in a campaign video throughout the 2020 presidential election. Rittenhouse's mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, has since blamed the president for defaming her son for political points.
"So, Peter, what I'm not going to speak to right now is anything about an ongoing trial, nor the president's past comments," Psaki replied. "What I can reiterate for you is the president's view that we shouldn't have, broadly speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons. We shouldn't have opportunists corrupting peaceful protests by rioting and burning down the communities they claim to represent anywhere in the country."
Doocy pushed back, stating that the president had already weighed in on the ongoing case.
"I just have nothing more to speak of in an ongoing case where the closing arguments were just made," Psaki responded, continuing that the Department of Justice's Community Relations Service was prepared to assist the city of Kenosha, Wisconsin if demonstrations break out over the verdict.
"President Biden ran on a promise to bring Americans together and to turn down the temperature on the angry, divisive rhetoric and actions we saw over the past four years," she stated. "We're here to provide support. And obviously, we're going to wait for any verdict to come out. And beyond that, certainly, we are hopeful that any protests will be peaceful."
Psaki's remarks came at the same time prosecutors gave their closing argument against Rittenhouse, who faces life in prison after fatally shooting two men and wounding a third man throughout a riot in Kenosha last summer. Rittenhouse's defense team says the then-17-year-old was acting in self-defense when he used an AR-style semi-automatic rifle only before midnight Aug. 25, 2020.
Throughout Monday's briefing, Psaki was further asked to weigh in on the racial "unfairness" occurring in the U.S. criminal justice system.
"I appreciate your question," Psaki answered, "and I just want to be clear that what I don't want to comment on from here is ongoing trials where the cases are being heard, where the jury is still making decisions. And that's just a responsibility we have from here or I have as the spokesperson for the White House."