KYLE RITTENHOUSE RECOUNTS KENOSHA RIOTS, REACTS TO MEDIA PORTRAYAL OF TRIAL IN FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE ACQUITTAL

In an exclusive interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, Kyle Rittenhouse spoke out about the night of the Kenosha riots that led to his arrest, as well as his eventual acquittal by jury and the angry reaction of the mainstream media and Democrats, including President Biden.

Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted in the shooting deaths of two men, Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, as well as the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, whom he shot through the right bicep after the protester pointed a pistol at him.

Rittenhouse told Carlson that he was staying at the home of a friend during the Kenosha riots and was mystified and troubled by the lack of resources provided to the police force in trying to quell the violence after the shooting of Jacob Blake.

“I’m not really sure [where the police presence was], because they have a hard job – but I didn’t really think they got the support they needed,” he said.

“The governor, Tony Evers, failed the community and there should have been a lot more resources to help with that.”

Evers, a Democrat, was critiqued at the time by several observers including then-President Trump, for that perceived inaction as the Wisconsin city was engulfed in violence.

Rittenhouse recalled the first time he saw Rosenbaum, who he noted he had never met, and was taken aback by the violent nature of the man.

Rosenbaum, a convicted child abuser, also appeared to unsettle nearby rioters at the time, Rittenhouse said.

“There was actually a second time [I encountered him and] he said to the group, he said, this is the second time he threatened to kill everybody — He said, ‘I’m going to f-ing kill you, I’m going to cut your hearts out you f-ing N-words.'”

When asked by Carlson, Rittenhouse remarked that the rioters were “dissociating with him because he was spewing the N-word around and they didn’t seem to want to deal with him.”

He then went on to recount the events that led to him shooting the three men, including Huber, who smacked him in the head with a skateboard.

Rittenhouse described how, after the shootings, he unsuccessfully attempted to surrender to Kenosha police officers stationed at a barricade down the street from where the incidents occurred.

One officer told him to “go home,” which the teen told Carlson was likely because he did not hear him admit to shooting the rioters.

“I go back to CarSource Lot Number 2, and I tell everybody there what happened. I said, ‘I had to do it.’ I was just attacked. I was dizzy. I was vomiting. I couldn’t breathe,” he said. “We couldn’t – I wanted to turn myself into the police in Kenosha but I wasn’t able to because they weren’t accepting visitors, apparently with the barricades and the fence up so we ended up turning myself into the Antioch police department.”

Rittenhouse said his hometown police department, just south of the state line, is the closest law enforcement agency to Kenosha besides that city’s barracks…. (Read more)