Kyle Rittenhouse alleged prosecutorial misconduct in his case and said he supports the Black Lives Matter movement during his first interview since he was acquitted.
Rittenhouse, 18, who previously lived in Antioch, was found not guilty on Friday on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
In his first interview since his acquittal, Rittenhouse sat down for one hour with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
The interview on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” averaged nearly five million viewers on Monday, Fox News said.
Rittenhouse said he was upset with the unrest he was seeing in Kenosha on August 24, 2020.
“Kenosha is my community. I just was upset seeing my community up in flames,” Rittenhouse told Carlson.
During his trial, Rittenhouse said he has family members that live in Kenosha, Wisconsin. He also worked as a lifeguard at the RecPlex in nearby Pleasant Prairie.
Rittenhouse said law enforcement in Kenosha did not get enough support during the unrest.
“The national guard should’ve been called August 23rd, but the city of Kenosha failed the community. The governor, Tony Evers, failed the community and there should’ve been a lot more resources to help with that,” he said.
Despite offering medical aid to people during the unrest, Rittenhouse said that Joseph Rosenbaum, the first person he shot and killed, threatened to kill him.
“I was like, ‘why would somebody threaten to kill me?’ I’m just asking if people need help on both sides. I was there just to help anybody that needed it and shockingly the only people I helped that night were rioters,” Rittenhouse said.
Rittenhouse said he supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the right to protest.
“I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement. I support peacefully demonstrating. I believe there needs to be change,” Rittenhouse told Carlson.
Rittenhouse also alleged prosecutorial misconduct in his case.
“I believe there’s a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other cases, and it’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of somebody. Like, if they did this to me, imagine what they could’ve done to a person of color who doesn’t maybe have the resources I do or is not widely publicized like my case,” Rittenhouse added.
Rittenhouse condemned President Joe Biden for “defaming” his character.
“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.”
He called the unrest in Kenosha “opportunist” and “taking advantage of the BLM movement.”
Rittenhouse credited the videos that captured the shootings on August 25, 2020, for leading to his acquittal.
Rittenhouse also criticized Lin Wood and John Pierce, his former attorneys, for keeping him in jail for 87 days.
He said Pierce falsely accused him of being a part of an “unorganized militia.”
Rittenhouse told Carlson that he was surprised when the jury reached a not guilty verdict on all charges.
“It wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin, it was the right to self-defense on trial. And if I was convicted, no one would be able, no one would ever be privileged to defend their life against attackers.”
Rittenhouse said he hopes he can “live a quiet, stress-free life.”
He said he has future aspirations as a nurse and wants to study nursing or law on campus at Arizona State University.
Rittenhouse, who previously resided in Antioch, said he plans on moving out of the Midwest to possibly Florida and keeping a low profile.
“This has been a hundred percent self-defense from the beginning,” Rittenhouse said.
“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,” he added.