And if you think Kyle Rittenhouse has a bone to pick with Joe Biden, just wait to hear what he thinks of Lin Wood and John Pierce. Tucker Carlson scored the first big interview with the now-acquitted defendant, in which Rittenhouse heaps praise on — not kidding — his jailers. They treated him “with respect” and “as a human,” which is more than Rittenhouse can say about Biden or his first legal team. The latter used him as an ATM, Rittenhouse alleges.
As for Biden, he wonders whether the president bothers to look into matters before opening his mouth. Rittenhouse is too young to know that Biden didn’t get to where he is today by “understanding the facts” before commenting, but he’s correct that the smears are “a disgrace to this country.” Fact check — true:
Kyle Rittenhouse slammed Joe Biden for “defaming” his character when the president tweeted out a video suggesting the teen is a white supremacist.
“It’s actual malice, defaming my character for him to say something like that,” Rittenhouse told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson during an hour-long interview that aired Monday night. …
Rittenhouse, in Monday night’s interview, also blasted Biden over his post-verdict prepared statement, where the president said he was “angry and concerned” over the trial’s outcome.
“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,” Rittenhouse said.
“It shouldn’t have been a political case,” Rittenhouse tells Carlson, and “it had nothing to do with race.” As anyone who watched the trial — or even followed the testimony — all of this was obvious. In fact, simply watching the video evidence would have been enough to recognize a legal claim for self-defense in all three shootings. It was equally obvious that politicians and media commentators either ignored all of the above or didn’t even bother to research it before turning Rittenhouse into their White Supremacist of the Year for their own political purposes.
Later in the interview, Rittenhouse describes the scales falling from his eyes about media bias:
“It is actually quite hysterical how nobody can go back and look at the facts of the case.
“He crossed state lines? False. He is a white supremacist? False. None of that is true.
“The lies that they can get away with spreading is just sickening and it is a disgrace to this country.”
Carlson then questioned whether Rittenhouse was aware that media coverage could be dishonest.
Carlson said: “So before this, you are 17 years old so you are probably not watching cable news all day or deeply into politics, maybe you were.
“Did you know how dishonest media coverage of events could be?”
Rittenhouse said this trial was not meant to be a political issue or so polarizing.
And if anyone had bothered to ask …
Kyle Rittenhouse, who was found not guilty of murder after shooting and killing two men in Kenosha, Wis., spoke to Fox News in his first TV interview. He said he's "not a racist person" and supports the Black Lives Matter movement. pic.twitter.com/xgtWCzXwGZ
— CBS Mornings (@CBSMornings) November 23, 2021
Rittenhouse tells Carlson that his team of attorneys will look for ways to impose some accountability for defamation in the media. Although he applies “actual malice” to Biden’s statement, that may be a tougher reach than Rittenhouse supposes. First he’d have to establish that Biden is competent enough to comprehend the facts rather than simply parrot what he hears on TV, and … best of luck with that.
As for the rest of the media airing accusations of white supremacy even after the trial, they’d better consult their attorneys and start tapping their Sandmann funds.