Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on charges stemming from killing convicted criminals and wounding another during riots in Kenosha, Wisc. last year., rebuffed nonsequitor media claims that he was a “white supremacist” and a “racist” after the self-defense shootings of the three white men.
The claims were widely misreported in the media to have been racially motivated, with papers refusing to identify the race of the three men shot, while insisting they were linked to the unrelated police shooting of a knife-wielding black domestic abuser, Jacob Blake, days earlier, which had initially triggered the Kenosha riots.
The Left has intentionally superimposed the bogus “racial” narrative as a dogwhistle to activate its violent base in the hopes of provoking even more violence in response.
But Rittenhouse told Fox News’s Tucker Carlson in an interview set to air on Monday that he’s “not a racist person” and supports the Black Lives Matter movement.
That would put him in a position to the left of many in the conservative party—and a growing number of mainstream moderates, who have seen the quasi-Marxist operation as a front for enacting a radical political agenda rather than a peaceful movement to promote social justice.
“This case has nothing to do with race,” Rittenhouse, 18, told Carson in the interview. “It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense.”
The shootings quickly made Rittenhouse a rallying cry for supporters of Second Amendment rights and those angered by the violent protests and lawless rioting seen in some American cities leading up to last year’s presidential election.
Then-candidate Joe Biden was among those who attacked pro-law-and-order
Rittenhouse was photographed in a bar before the trial with apparent members of the far-right Proud Boys. Rittenhouse’s attorneys have said he is not a white supremacist.
“I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement, I support peacefully demonstrating,” Rittenhouse tells Carlson in excerpts of the interview released by Fox News ahead of its airing.
A jury last Friday found Rittenhouse not guilty on charges of homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangering in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28.