Rittenhouse tells Fox News 'not a racist person,' backs BLM

Defendant Kyle Rittenhouse checks his cell phone as he waits with his attorneys for the judge to relieve the jury during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

NEW YORK (AP) — Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer, says in a new interview that he's “not a racist person” and supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

“This case has nothing to do with race. It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense,” the 18-year-old tells Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview set to air Monday night. Rittenhouse is white, as were the men he shot.

Rittenhouse was 17 last year when he traveled 20 miles (32 kilometers) from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha, Wisconsin, which had been racked with protests in the wake of the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake. That shooting and the response in Kenosha — protests that turned destructive — became part of the national reckoning over police use of force against Black people following George Floyd's death in Minneapolis the previous May at the hands of police.

Rittenhouse, armed with an AR-style semiautomatic rifle, joined others who said they were intent on protecting private property from potential damage on Aug. 25. During his trial, prosecutors argued that the teenager as a “wannabe soldier” who went looking for trouble that night. Rittenhouse countered that he fired in self-defense after he was attacked and in fear for his life.

The shootings quickly made Rittenhouse a rallying cry for supporters of Second Amendment rights and those angered by the sometimes violent protests seen in some American cities after Floyd's death.

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.

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C.D.Reid

This was a resounding victory for the 2nd Amendment and the right for a man to defend himself, no matter where he is. And anyone who doesn't think so needs to have a thug with a pistol attack him, and another try to beat him over his head with a skateboard. Upwards of $500k was raised for the defense of Kyle, and it was money well spent. Now, I wonder how much blm and their cohorts are going to raise for the defense of Darrell Brooks? I mean, after all, if they think Rittenhouse is such a racist White criminal, they should have no problem with getting donations to defend a known black criminal who ran down dozens of White people with a SUV, killing several in the process. Right?

phydeaux994

Did you contribute to the defense of the guy who drove through the crowd in Charlottesville, killing a young lady and injuring many others? BTW, the young lady killed and most of the others on that street were White people too?? I don’t recall you commenting on that incident Mr. Reid, nor the cold blooded murder of a Black man by THREE White men jogging through their neighborhood in Georgia. You are very selective of those you condemn.Peace.✌️😷

phydeaux994

P.S.—Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two White men and wounded a third White man who he had pointed a rifle at that, as a minor, was illegally carrying. Had he obeyed the law, no one would have died. Only he dodged a bullet. Right?? Race was not a factor in his case so why did you drag race into the discussion?

artandarchitecture

Dear Lord Phy, *p-l-e-a-s-e* get the facts straight. Kyle did nothing illegal.

And, btw, he shot 3 Jewish guys, not 'white' guys*, & ALL 3 of whom just so happened to be felons. The felon who illegally had a gun in his possession & was pointing it at Kyle, & had threatened to kill Kyle, has a criminal history of having raped 5 young boys, among other things.

Here's a nice lefty (gun scardey-cat) source to deliver the news to you that Kyle is a model citizen:

Kyle Rittenhouse Didn’t Break the Law. - Dan Friedman

https://www.motherjones.com/politics/2021/11/kyle-rittenhouse-verdict-aftermath-terrifying-stand-ground-copycat-kenosha/

*a catchy tune to remind you:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p26xGXbam_w&ab_channel=MattBar-Topic

gabrielshorn2013

Huh??? Were these three guys, who happened to be Jewish, not white? I seem to remember s similar sentiment to yours back in 1930s Germany, A&A. Pathetic [scared] [thumbdown][thumbdown][thumbdown]

artandarchitecture

Gab, I'm delighted to share the following with you-- there's been much research (including cherished, "peer-reviewed") research since the '30s.

Jews are a 'race' genes reveal - author uncovers DNA links between members of the tribe - Jon Entine/ The Jewish Daily Forward May 4, 2012

https://forward.com/culture/155742/jews-are-a-race-genes-reveal/

European Jews Are All 30th Cousins, Study Finds - By Jesse Emspak Live Science Sep 9, 2014

https://www.livescience.com/47755-european-jews-are-30th-cousins.html

Chief Rabbinate admits using DNA tests to help determine Jewish status - By JEREMY SHARON/ The Jerusalem Post Published: MARCH 6, 2019

https://www.jpost.com/Israel-News/Chief-Rabbinate-admits-using-DNA-tests-for-Jewish-status-determination-582605

gabrielshorn2013

Joseph Goebbels would be proud of your "scholarship", A&A. Do many Jewish people share some genetic markers, based on some common ancestry, as well as the location of origin of some of those ancestors? Yes, of course, and there is a high likelihood that you may share some of those markers depending where your ancestors came from. Sharing some genetic markers does not make them a separate race. Is your idea commonly accepted amongst the scientific community? No. As for your references, no, not "peer-reviewed". Do you even know what that means? UMUC called, and they want the sheepskin they gave you way back when, because you obviously learned nothing.

artandarchitecture

Kyle's pro-BLM statement shows his lack of political awareness/involvement.

(He should have said, "I support black lives," instead of I support the 'BLM' movement.)

Instead of, "We appreciate all support", here is BLM's classy response:

BLM responds after Kyle Rittenhouse says he supports the movement

By DML News App -November 22, 2021

https://dennismichaellynch.com/report-blm-responds-after-kyle-rittenhouse-says-he-supports-the-movement/

public-redux

Why do you hate Kyle so much?

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