Kyle Rittenhouse

February 24, 2022

Watch: Kyle Rittenhouse To Sue Whoopi Goldberg

Kyle Rittenhouse revealed plans to sue the media outlets and pundits who called him a “murderer” or “white supremacist” in the coverage preceding his trial and subsequent acquittal.

Rittenhouse two men and wounded a third during confrontations amid anti-police protests in Kenosha in August 2020. He testified that he acted in self-defense. A jury acquitted him of all charges in November.

Rittenhouse told Fox News host Tucker Carlson that he wants to hold major media outlets and figures “accountable,” specifically naming The View cohost Whoopi Goldberg.

“We are looking at quite a few politicians, celebrities, athletes, Whoopi Goldberg is on the list. She called me a murderer after I was acquitted by a jury of my peers. She went on to still say that, and there’s others,” Rittenhouse said.

“We’re going to hold everybody who lied about me accountable, such as everybody who lied called me a White supremacist,” he added.”

“They’re all going to be held accountable. And we’re going to handle them in a courtroom.”


Kyle Rittenhouse to sue media outlets and personalities including Whoopi Goldberg for spreading ‘lies’

January 30, 2022

Rittenhouse: Gun Used in Kenosha Shootings Will Be Destroyed

Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder approved an agreement to destroy the rifle Kyle Rittenhouse used to kill two people and wounded a third in self-defense during a 2020 protest in Wisconsin.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said the state crime lab would destroy the gun in the Spring.

The decision came after Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s attorney, filed a motion on January 19 asking prosecutors to return Rittenhouse’s rifle, ammunition, and clothing he was wearing the night of the shooting.

Last week, Richards and David Hancock, a spokesman for Rittenhouse, said that Rittenhouse wanted to destroy the rifle and throw the rest of the items away so nothing could be used as a political symbol or trophy celebrating the shootings.

“We didn’t think anyone should profit from it,” Richards told reporters after the hearing. He said “lots of people” had reached out about purchasing the gun.


Kyle Rittenhouse gun from Kenosha shootings to be destroyed

January 6, 2022

Nat Geo Author Incorrectly Writes Rittenhouse Killed ‘Two Black Men’ in New Book

In a new book published by National Geographic Press, Egyptologist Kara Cooney falsely claimed that Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed “two Black men in Kenosha, Wisconsin.”

In The Good Kings: Absolute Power in Ancient Egypt and the Modern World, Cooney writes: “Consider 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who used his semi-automatic weapon to kill two Black men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, while waging a glorious race war on behalf of his inherited White power.”

The passage gained attention after Kara McKinney, host of Tipping Point on One America News Network (OANN), shared the error on Twitter.

Cooney responded to McKinney’s tweet, acknowledging her “mistake.”

“Yes. This was my mistake. And [I] caught it too late for printing. Apologies. I stand by the sentiment of white supremacy, however,” the author wrote.

Cooney put out a separate statement of apology, but she appeared to minimize the gravity of publishing a false statement.

“On p. 341 of THE GOOD KINGS I state that Kyle Rittenhouse shot two Black men when instead he shot two white men. That was my mistake, and I apologize. The response has been a hateful stew of ridicule and denial that America has a race problem at all,” Cooney wrote.

“If one mistake in a little known book about ancient Egypt elicits this much howling, it is to avoid discussing our larger problem, to avoid seeing our deep-seeded obsession with patriarchal power,” she continued.

“So yeah, tiny detail of the book with a big mistake about a massive American issue. And that’s on me. But the white supremacy is still a problem. And the misogyny is still a problem.”

Rittenhouse shot three White men during the unrest in Kenosha during a Black Lives Matter rally. In November, a jury acquitted Rittenhouse of murder charges, finding that he acted in self-defense. Yet, multiple members of the media have made the same erroneous claim.

After his acquittal, The Independent published that Rittenhouse was a “teenager who shot three Black men with [a] rifle].”


National Geographic author falsely claims Kyle Rittenhouse killed ‘two black men’

December 1, 2021

Amid Protests, Rittenhouse Reportedly Quits ASU

Amid uproar from some Arizona State University students over Kyle Rittenhouse’s admittance to an online program, the 18-year-old reportedly is no longer enrolled in classes.

Last week, the Chicago Tribune reported that Rittenhouse started an ASU online program on Oct. 13 and that he hoped to re-enroll in classes on campus following his acquittal.

However, university officials announced that Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled in any courses at ASU. The news comes after several student groups demanded that the school rescind his admission. The groups included Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU.

Not all ASU students called for Rittenhouse’s withdrawal, though. The College Republicans United, a conservative student group, previously donated more than $14,000 for Rittenhouse’s legal fees. According to their website, the group is now accepting donations to help Rittenhouse “sue the media for malpractice, libel, and defamation.”


A Sun Devil no more: Kyle Rittenhouse reportedly quits ASU

November 30, 2021

ASU Students Demand Administration ‘Withdraw’ Rittenhouse

Some Arizona State University (ASU) students are calling on the school’s administration to “withdraw” Kyle Rittenhouse from the university.

Four ASU groups are asking university officials to withdraw Rittenhouse, who they call “Murderer Kyle Rittenhouse,” and release a statement condemning him. The groups include the ASU Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU.

According to 12News, Rittenhouse is a student at Arizona State University online.

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system – Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” the groups wrote in a letter. “Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer.”

A spokesperson for ASU’s Students for Socialism said the goal of the demands is to let the administration know that students don’t “feel safe” with Rittenhouse as a student.

“The goal of these demands is to let the ASU administration know that we as the ASU community do not feel safe knowing that a mass shooter, who has expressed violent intentions about ‘protecting property’ over people, is so carelessly allowed to be admitted to the school at all,” the spokesperson told Fox News. “Our campus is already unsafe as is, and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.”

A spokesperson for Students for Socialism claimed the Rittenhouse trial “effectively gives right-winged individuals the license to kill other individuals who protest for human rights.”

“Rittenhouse took the lives of innocent people with the intent to do so—by strapping an assault rifle to himself in a crowd of unarmed citizens. That is the textbook definition of intention. The decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with,” the spokesperson said.

Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges after a jury determined that he’d acted lawfully in self-defense.


Arizona university students demand administration to ‘withdraw’ Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘killer off our campus’

November 29, 2021

Inflammatory CNN Article Raises Eyebrows

CNN caused quite a stir over an article posted on its website that claimed there’s “nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man.”

Following the acquittal of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, CNN writer/producer John Blake penned an article for the site.

“The specter of the angry Black man has been evoked in politics and popular culture to convince White folks that a big, bad Black man is coming to get them and their daughters,” Blake wrote. “But as I’ve watched three separate trials about White male violence unfold across the US these past few weeks — the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, the Ahmaud Arbery death trial and the civil case against organizers of the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville — I’ve come to a sobering conclusion: There is nothing more frightening in America today than an angry White man.”

“It’s not the ‘radical Islamic terrorist’ that I fear the most. Nor is it the brown immigrant or the fiery Black Lives Matter protester, or whatever the latest bogeyman is that some politician tells me I should dread. It’s encountering an armed White man in public who has been inspired by the White men on trial in these three cases,” Blake added.

Though there’s “nothing inherently violent about White men, or any human being,” Blake wrote, but a “vision of White masculinity that allows some White men to feel as if they ‘can rule and brutalize without consequence,'” he continued, quoting author Ibram X Kendi.

“This angry White man has been a major character throughout US history. He gave the country slavery, the slaughter of Native Americans, and Jim Crow laws. His anger also helped fuel the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol. It’s this angry White man – not the Black or brown man you see approaching on the street at night – who poses the most dangerous threat to democracy in America.” Blake wrote. “That’s a sweeping claim. But these trials represent something bigger than questions of individual guilt or innocence. They offer a disturbing vision of the future, and a choice about what kind of country we want to live in.”

“This is what that future looks like: More angry White men emboldened by ‘stand your ground’ and citizen’s arrest laws, inspired by a conservative interpretation of the Second Amendment. And more dead Americans,” he concluded.

Critics panned the article on social media.

“I’d say our media establishment acting like it’s ok to constantly make offensive generalizations about people based on skin color is way more frightening,” RealClearInvestigations senior writer Mark Hemingway wrote on Twitter.

“CNN has gone full racist,” tweeted Media Research Center deputy managing editor Nicholas Fondacaro.

“Enough with the casual racism from news outlets. The guy spends the first few paragraphs decrying stereotypes of African American men and then the rest of the article promoting similar stereotypes about men with a different skin color. How did this become acceptable/normal?” conservative writer A.G. Hamilton tweeted. “Honestly could not imagine thinking about another group of people this way based on their race or religion, but bigots have broken brains and they always think their bigotry/hate is justifiable. We need people to stand up against this. That includes people at CNN.” 

“The amount of time that the corporate press invests in stoking racial resentment and conflict is…something,” writer Drew Holden tweeted.


CNN article declares ‘There’s nothing more frightening… than an angry White man’ after Rittenhouse trial

November 27, 2021

Greene Introduces Bill to Award Congressional Gold Medal to Rittenhouse

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) introduced a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Kyle Rittenhouse for “protecting the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020.”

The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can award an individual or institution. It’s unlikely the bill will move forward in the Democratic-controlled House and Senate, with no co-sponsors.

“Kyle Rittenhouse deserves to be remembered as a hero who defended his community, protected businesses, and acted lawfully in the face of lawlessness. I’m proud to file this legislation to award Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional Gold Medal,” Greene said in a statement.

Recently, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) offered Rittenhouse an internship.

“We are concerned that awarding Kyle with a Congressional Gold Medal will give him a big head during the internship with our office,” a spokesperson for Gaetz said.

The highly-politicized case became a rallying point, with the left portraying and condemning Rittenhouse as a white-supremacist vigilante and the right embracing him as a folk hero.

Despite the high-profile attention from politicians, Rittenhouse has maintained that his trial was not about politics.

“No matter what your opinion is or where you stand, this wasn’t a political case, it shouldn’t have been a political case, it was made a political case,” the 18-year-old recently told Tucker Carlson. “It has nothing to do with race, and the ways people are twisting this is sickening.”


Marjorie Taylor Greene Sponsors Bill to Award Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional Gold Medal

November 27, 2021

Legal Experts Say Rittenhouse’s Acquittal Could Spark Series of Defamation Suits

Legal experts believe Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal could put him in a position to launch a series of defamation lawsuits against media outlets and pundits who labeled him a “white supremacist” after he fatally shot two men and injured another in self-defense during a chaotic riot in Kenosha, Wisc., last year.

“There is no question he suffered reputation damage,” said reputations and communications specialist Michael Toebe.

According to the Washington Examiner, a guest on MSNBC likened Rittenhouse to a “school shooter” during a Sept. 1, 2020 broadcast. That same day, another contributor said he’s “arguably a domestic terrorist.” Earlier this month, journalist Tariq Nasheed referred to him as a “suspected white supremacist.”

However, Kentucky-based attorney Todd McMurtry said that even referring to Rittenhouse as a “vigalante” could be an issue for media outlets.

“A vigilante, per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, is ‘a member of a volunteer committee organized to suppress or punish crimes summarily.’ That’s not what he was doing,” McMurtry said. “So it’s a statement and arguably made negligently. To call someone a vigilante is defamatory, and so I think that could be actionable.”

McMurtry represented former Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, who settled defamation suits against the Washington Post and CNN over coverage of his encounter with a Native American man at the 2019 March for Life rally in Washington, D.C.

“The parallels between me and Kyle Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,” Sandmann wrote in a recent op-ed for the Daily Mail.

Toebe noted the statute of limitations for defamation claims, saying that any statement made about him when he was 17 would no longer be actionable after turning 19.


Acquittal could spur Kyle Rittenhouse to launch flurry of defamation suits, legal experts say

November 26, 2021

Rittenhouse Visits Trump at Mar-a-Lago Following Acquittal

Former President Donald Trump said Kyle Rittenhouse visited him at his Mar-a-Lago resort after the 18-year-old was acquitted of killing two men in self-defense during a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha, Wisc.

“Really a nice young man. What he went through — he should’ve, that was prosecutorial misconduct. He should not have had to suffer through a trial for that. He was going to be dead. If he didn’t pull that trigger, that guy that put the gun to his head, in one-quarter of a second, he was going to pull the trigger — Kyle would’ve been dead,” Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity.

“Just left Mar-a-Lago a little while ago, and he should never have been put through that. That was prosecutorial misconduct, and it’s happening all over the United States right now with the Democrats,” he added.

The highly-politicized case became a rallying point, with the left portraying and condemning Rittenhouse as a white-supremacist vigilante and the right embracing him as a sort of folk hero.

Rittenhouse, however, repeatedly said that his trial was not about politics or race.

“No matter what your opinion is or where you stand, this wasn’t a political case, it shouldn’t have been a political case, it was made a political case,” he told Tucker Carlson during a recent interview. “It has nothing to do with race, and the ways people are twisting this is sickening.”


Trump says Kyle Rittenhouse visited him in Mar-a-Lago after trial

November 25, 2021

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.


Rittenhouse says Biden defamed his character

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