President Joe Biden on Tuesday said he’s “praying” for the “right verdict” in the trial of former Minneapolis police Officer Derek Chauvin, who’s been charged with murdering George Floyd last May.
“I’m praying that verdict is the right verdict,” Biden said to reporters at the White House, “which is, I think it’s overwhelming in my view.” He quickly added that he “wouldn’t say that” had the jury not been sequestered, which they have been since Monday.
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‘RIP due process’
Biden’s comments drew everything from shock to steep criticism.
Jenna Ellis — former special counsel for former President Donald Trump, tweeted in response to Biden’s statements, “RIP due process. The judge needs to declare a mistrial.”
RIP due process. The judge needs to declare a mistrial. https://t.co/owAVZYGypo
— Jenna Ellis (@Jenna Ellis)1618936484.0
CNN anchor Jim Sciutto called Biden’s words a “remarkable statement from a sitting president on a criminal trial currently underway”:
This is a remarkable statement from a sitting president on a criminal trial currently underway: “I’m praying the… https://t.co/z6O9IOV7T6
— Jim Sciutto (@Jim Sciutto)1618935389.0
Josh Hammer, Newsweek’s opinion editor, said Biden’s words were “wildly inappropriate”:
This is wildly inappropriate. https://t.co/g6UjimLtSk
— Josh Hammer (@Josh Hammer)1618936635.0
Glenn Kessler, editor and chief writer of the Washington Post’s Fact Checker, had the following to say:
Uh, Biden said he was waiting till the jury was sequestered to comment. How about waiting until after the verdict? https://t.co/xw47f2Yrxt
— Glenn Kessler (@Glenn Kessler)1618935915.0
“Uh, Biden said he was waiting till the jury was sequestered to comment,” Kessler tweeted. “How about waiting until after the verdict?”
Former White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said on Fox News that Biden should have held back his comments.
“I’m glad that he at least waited until the jury was sequestered, but I think that the country is such a tinderbox right now, especially Minneapolis, there’s so much hurt, so much pain, and I think it’s the role of the president of the United States to stay back, to not inflame the tensions.”
Kayleigh McEnany: ‘It’s the role of