Kyle Rittenhouse, who was accused of killing two men and injuring another during a riot following a black man’s shooting by a white policeman, said in a new interview that he is not racist and he is a supporter of the Black Lives Matter movement.
“This case has nothing to do with race. It had nothing to do with race. It had to do with self-defense,” said 18-year-old Fox News announcer Tucker Carlson on Monday. Said in an interview scheduled to air on that night. The Rittenhouse is white, as were the men he shot.”
Rittenhouse was 17 years old last year when he traveled 20 miles from Antioch, Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin. The incident was hit by protests following the shooting of Jacob Blake on August 23. The shooting and response in Kenosha (a destructive protest) became part of a national calculation of police use of force against blacks after George Floyd’s death in Minneapolis last May.
Armed with ARstyle semi-automatic rifles, the Rittenhouse joined others on August 25, claiming to protect private property from damage. Rittenhouse feared his life, arguing that he shot for self-defense after the attack.
The shooting immediately modified the Rittenhouse to cry out for rallying supporters of Second Amendment rights and those who were sometimes angry with violent protests in some American cities after Floyd’s death.
The Rittenhouse was filmed at the bar before the trial, with an obvious member of the far-Right Proud Boys. A Rittenhouse lawyer said he was not a white racist.
“I’m not a racist. I support the BLM movement and support peaceful demonstrations,” Rittenhouse Carlson said in an excerpt from an interview released by Fox News before the broadcast.
Last Friday, a jury found Rittenhaus innocent of manslaughter and attempted manslaughter with the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum(36) and Anthony Huber (26), and Gaige Grosskreutz now (28) recklessly endangered the injury.
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