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Rittenhouse says Biden defamed his character by linking him to white supremacists


Kyle Rittenhouse enters the courtroom to hear the verdicts of his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Friday, November 19, 2021. Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges after pleading self-defense in the murderous Kenosha shootout that has become a flashpoint in the national debate on guns, self-defense and racial injustice. The jury returned with their verdict after almost 3 1/2 days of deliberation. (Sean Krajacic / The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

(The hill– Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who was acquitted of the murder last week after a jury found he acted in self-defense when he shot two people and injured a third during unrest Civilians in Kenosha, Wisc., last summer accused President Joe Biden of defaming him.

“What did you think of the President of the United States calling you a white supremacist,” Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Rittenhouse in a broad interview, part of which aired Monday night.

“Mr. President, if I could tell you one thing, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial and understand the facts before you make a statement,” Rittenhouse said.

Carlson urged Rittenhouse to continue, saying “it’s no small thing to be called that.”

“No,” Rittenhouse replied. “It’s real malice, defame my character, for him to say something like that.”

Carlson and Rittenhouse were apparently referring to a video cited through defenders of the teenager who was tweeted by Biden in September during last year’s presidential race, which featured an excerpt from a debate between Biden and former President Donald Trump.

During the debate, Fox News presenter and moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he was “prepared to condemn white supremacy and the militias and say they must step back and not escalate the violence in a number of these towns, as we saw in Kenosha and as we saw in Portland.

The clip shows Trump responding by condemning what he called political violence “on the part of the left” before telling members of the Proud Boys to “step back and stand ready.” “There is no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disown the white supremacists on the debate stage last night,” Biden noted in the tweet accompanying the video. Rittenhouse’s photo was also featured in Biden’s video.

After Rittenhouse’s acquittal on Friday, Biden noted he stuck to what the jury had concluded. “The jury system works and we have to respect it,” Biden told reporters after issuing a statement earlier Friday saying, “I know we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain firm in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law. ”Rittenhouse, in interview with Carlson, argued that his case “never had anything to do with race” and rather concerned “the right to self-defense”.

” I am not racist. I support the BLM movement ”, Rittenhouse noted. “I support the peaceful protest… I believe there has to be a change. I believe there is a lot of prosecution misconduct, not just in my case, but in other cases. It’s just amazing how much an attorney can take advantage of someone.

“For example, if they had done this to me, imagine what they could have done to a person of color who might not have the resources I have or it is not widely publicized, like my case, ”he said.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Rittenhouse’s comments about Biden.