NBC News reports:
Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to internal Department of Homeland Security talking points obtained by NBC News.
In preparing Homeland Security officials for questions about Rittenhouse from the media, the document suggests that they note that he “took his rifle to the scene of the rioting to help defend small business owners.”
Another set of talking points distributed to Homeland Security officials said the media were incorrectly labeling the group Patriot Prayer as racists after clashes erupted between the group and protesters in Portland, Oregon. It is unclear whether any of the talking points originated at the White House or within Homeland Security’s own press office.
The Proud Boy stuff etc at the debate isn’t just off the cuff remarks, encouraging violent paramilitaries is policy https://t.co/aFhLAkWxpP
— Matthew Yglesias (@mattyglesias) October 1, 2020
The fascism is in the house. https://t.co/DMhQBHJeR7
— Frank Sharry (@FrankSharry) October 1, 2020