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Kyle Rittenhouse sat down for a pre-taped interview with Fox News Channel’s Tucker Carlson Tonight on Monday night, in his first interview since being exonerated by a Wisconsin jury on Friday.
Kyle Rittenhouse made an appearance on Tucker Carlson’s show. He delivered his first broadcast interview since being acquitted of all charges arising from the shooting of three protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020, tonight, Monday. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, fatally shot demonstrators Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, shortly after the police shooting of Black motorist Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse has since become a divisive figure in both the social and political spheres.
Kyle Rittenhouse Tells What Happened That Night in Kenosha
Carlson’s interview covers from how Rittenhouse ended up in Kenosha — he was working as a lifeguard in Kenosha County in the summer of 2020, despite liberal media reports suggesting he had no right to be there — to what was going through his head when Joseph Rosenbaum threatened to kill him.
“I was upset seeing my community up in flames,” Rittenhouse said of the damage caused by Black Lives Matter and Antifa rioters. “The National Guard should have been called… the City of Kenosha failed… the governor, Tony Evers, failed the community,” Rittenhouse said. “There should have been a lot more resources to help with that.”
“I was there to help anybody who needed it, Rittenhouse said of the first aid he rendered amid the leftist violence. “Shockingly, the only people I helped that night were rioters.”
“I didn’t know I was going to be arrested for defending myself,” Rittenhouse recalled at the time he turned himself in. “Part of the reason why I think I was arrested is because of the mob mentality,” he added based on the circumstances of his arrest.
“I was formally arrested without a criminal complaint being drafted, they didn’t know what they were charging me with, they were just arresting me,” he explained.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s Story Turned Political
“This wasn’t a political case,” Rittenhouse said. “It shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race. And the ways people are twisting this, it’s just sickening.”
While in jail, Rittenhouse was confused as to why the narrative about him turned into race until he learned the source. During his presidential campaign, Biden tweeted about Trump’s refusal to condemn white supremacists and shared a video featuring Rittenhouse.
Tucker Carlson asked him, “What did you make of the president of the United States calling you a white supremacist?”
Rittenhouse replied, “Mr. President, if I would say one thing to you, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial, and understand the facts before you make a statement.”
Carlson followed up with the question, “That’s not a small thing to be called that?”
Rittenhouse replied,“No, it’s actual malice, defaming my character for him to say something like that.”
Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s lawyer, has slammed left-leaning news outlets like CNN and MSNBC, as well as conservative politicians who want to benefit from his client. Several legal experts believe Rittenhouse has legal grounds to sue President Biden for slander.
Carlson asked if he plans to “hold some of these liars to account.”
“I have really good lawyers who are taking care of that right now,” Rittenhouse said. “So I’m hoping one day there will be some — there will be accountability for their actions that they did.”