Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty Friday in a fatal shooting at a police brutality protest last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, also accused the president of defaming him for linking him to white supremacy — even though Rittenhouse was photographedIn January drinking with members of the Proud BoysAt a Wisconsin Bar and Flashing A “white power” sign.
He was also said he supports the Black Lives Matter movement — even though he killed two men and wounded a thirdProtest against the wounding of Black fathers by Kenosha police officers on August 23, 2020.
Rittenhouse claimed that he was there to defend businesses in Kenosha during an unrest night, but business owners told him at trial that they had never invited him.
His first legal team, which included him, was also charged. Lin Wood, of mishandling his case, claiming that he was left in jail even though they had raised his bail money and that they “put me on media interviews, which I should never have done.”
Rittenhouse complained of “87 days of not being with my family for Protection myself and being … used for a cause.”
“What did you make of the president of the United States calling you a white supremacist?” Carlson asked.
“Mr. President, if I could 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,” Rittenhouse said. He accused the president of “actual malice, defaming my character, for him to say something like that,” adding that the “ways people are twisting this is just sickening.”
Carlson may have been referring to Biden’s tweet on Sept. 30, 2020 in the midst of the presidential campaign when he criticised President Donald TrumpDuring one of the presidential debates, Trump refused to condemn white supremacy or violent militia groups. Trump instead responded by telling the extremist Proud Boys to “stand back and stand by” — which many took to mean that Trump wanted them to be prepared for action.
A video accompanying Biden’s tweet included an image of an armed Rittenhouse at the Kenosha protest paired with audio of debate moderator Chris Wallace asking Trump about violence in cities.
After Rittenhouse was acquitted, Biden said Friday, “The jury system works, and we have to abide by it.”
Carlson said Monday: “What a sweet kid.”
The full interview is available in the video above.