Rittenhouse Accuses Biden of ‘Actual Malice’ [Video]
Kyle Rittenhouse, acquitted last week after a jury determined that he lawfully acted in self-defense when he fatally shot two people and wounded another during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisc., last summer, said President Joe Biden defamed him.
“What did you make of the president of the United States calling you a white supremacist?” Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked during an interview that aired, in part, on Monday evening.
“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.
“That’s not a small thing to be called that,” Carlson responded.
“No,” Rittenhouse said. “It’s actual malice, defaming my character, for him to say something like that.”
Carlson and Rittenhouse were referring to a video Biden tweeted in Sept. 2020, a clip from a debate between Biden and then-President Donald Trump.
During the debate, moderator Chris Wallace asked Trump if he was “willing to condemn white supremacist and militia groups and to say that they need to stand down and not add to the violence in a number of these cities as we saw in Kenosha and as we’ve seen in Portland.”
The clip, at that point, cycles through a series of images, including one of Rittenhouse.
“Sure, I’m willing to do that,” Trump said. “But I would say almost everything I see is from the left-wing, not from the right-wing.”
The three then talk over each other, with Trump eventually asking Wallace to give him “a name” to address specifically, and Wallace offers, “White supremacists. The Proud Boys.”
“The Proud Boys?” Trump says in the video. “Stand back and standby.”
“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,” Biden wrote in the tweet accompanying the video.
Given the context and inclusion of his picture, Biden was apparently calling Rittenhouse a white supremacist.
After Rittenhouse’s acquittal on Friday, Biden said he stood by the jury’s decision — a position that upset some on the left.
“The jury system works and we have to abide by it,” Biden told reporters.
During the interview with Carlson, Rittenhouse maintained that his case “never had anything to do with race.” Instead, it was about “the right to self-defense.”
“I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement,” Rittenhouse said. “I support peacefully demonstrating … I believe there needs to be change. I believe there’s a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other cases. It’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone.”
“Like, if they did this to me, imagine what they could have done to a person of color who doesn’t maybe have the resources I do or it’s not widely publicized like my case,” he added.