After being found not guilty of all five accusations against him in his murder trial, Kyle Rittenhouse spoke with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in his first public appearance since being declared not guilty of the crimes against him. During the interview, which was shown on Fox News, Rittenhouse emphasized that his actions “had nothing to do with race,” and he voiced sympathy for the Black Lives Matter movement as well as nonviolent marches.
Rittenhouse, 18, was on trial for shooting three men, two of whom were fatally wounded, during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020, in response to the police death of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse was seen on television cameras falling down in tears as the jury foreperson read the not guilty verdicts, and she ultimately collapsed when the fifth and final acquittal was announced.
A portion of Carlson’s interview will be shown on Monday evening’s Tucker Carlson Tonight, and the entire will be featured in an episode of his documentary series Tucker Carlson Originals, which will debut later this year.
Mr. Richards, one of Rittenhouse’s defense attorneys, admitted that he “didn’t approve of it” and that he “threw [the film crew] out of the room several times,” but that he was “not always the boss” on such decisions, which were apparently influenced in part by the effort to crowdfund Rittenhouse’s legal defense.
On Fox News on Sunday, Rittenhouse responded to critics who said he was acting out of some kind of racial animus. The tape was shown on the network’s website. Rittenhouse has been referred to as a racist or White supremacist by a number of commenters on MSNBC, and MSNBC anchor Tiffany Cross referred to him as a “little murdering White supremacist” on Sunday.
“This case has absolutely nothing to do with race,” Rittenhouse said. “It was never about race in the first place.” ‘It was about using my right to self-defense.'”
Carlson agreed, saying, “Right.”
“I don’t consider myself to be a racist,” Rittenhouse said. “I support the Black Lives Matter campaign. “I am in favor of peaceful demonstrations.”
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“I feel that there is a need for change,” Rittenhouse said further. I feel that there has been a significant amount of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other instances as well. What an incredible sight it is to watch how much a prosecutor can take advantage of a victim.”
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