Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges against him after a grueling year of dealing with false accusations and slander, an unscrupulous prosecution team, and a jury trial in which he fought multiple murder charges. Two months after his release from jail, Rittenhouse sat down for an exclusive interview with Daily Wire host Candace Owens.
Rittenhouse fatally shot two male attackers in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. The incident happened on the third night of riots in the wake of the shooting of James Blake by a police officer.
Several media outlets and government leaders painted Rittenhouse as a white supremacist who illegally transported weapons across state lines with the intent of murdering individuals taking part in the riot.
Rittenhouse maintained that he legally possessed a firearm and discharged the weapon in self-defense. Late-released video footage of the event and surprising support testimony from a man expected to support the prosecution’s case led to Rittenhouse’s acquittal.
The Daily Wire reports that Rittenhouse discussed his childhood, recent experiences, and plans for the future in the interview.
Of interest to many: Will Rittenhouse sue high-profile individuals or networks who jeopardized his case and negatively impacted his emotional well-being by painting him as a “murderer,” “vigilante,” and “white supremacist?”
The question is particularly relevant, as in recent months, Nick Sandmann, a Kentucky teen, won multi-million dollar defamation suits against several media giants, including CNN and NBC.
Many Americans believe media and government leaders should have a high level of accountability for accuracy in reporting. The crash of CNN’s and MSNBC’s ratings point to consumer frustration over how some high-profile media outlets have a history of wrongfully shielding or villainizing individuals and injecting bias in their stories.
Desiring higher standards in reporting and safeguards which prohibit government leaders from misrepresenting stories for political gain, some are looking to Rittenhouse to follow Sandmann’s example and sue to hold offenders accountable.
Speaking of his childhood and noting a long-time desire to help others, Rittenhouse said:
“I was a lifeguard, I was a swim instructor, and I was a firefighter EMT cadet, and a police explorer, so I just wanted to help people before all this. And I still wanna help people.”
Noting the emotional impact of the last eighteen months, Rittenhouse told Owens:
“It’s been hard. Since the night of the attacks… [I’ve] been waking up at night with cold sweats.”
Rittenhouse also noted the impact slanderous media attacks have had. The list of slanderers includes President Joe Biden, who at the time released a presidential campaign ad that falsely implied Rittenhouse was a “white supremacist.”
Biden’s ad attacks then President Donald Trump for not rushing to judgment on Rittenhouse: “There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”
Speaking of the future, Rittenhouse said, “There’s going to be some accountability, Candace.”
What that entails is not clear, but Rittenhouse indicated he would never vote for Biden.
Rittenhouse is now a college student and plans to pursue a law degree.
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