Rittenhouse tells Fox News he’s ‘not a racist’ who supports BLM

NEW YORK – Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of charges stemming from the killing of two men and wounding of another during the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which followed the shooting of a black man by a white police officer, said in a new interview that he is “not a racist” and supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

The 18-year-old said to Fox News host Tucker Carlson in an interview that aired Monday night.

Rittenhouse was 17 last year when he traveled 20 miles from his home in Antioch to Kenosha, which was filled with protests in the wake of the August 23 shooting of Jacob Blake. The incident and the response in Kenosha – protests that turned into destruction – became part of the national reckoning of police use of force against blacks after the death of George Floyd in Minneapolis last May at the hands of police.

Rittenhouse, armed with an AR semi-automatic rifle, joined others who said they were intent on protecting private property from potential damage on August 25. During his trial, prosecutors argued that the teen was a “wishful soldier” who went looking for trouble that night. Rittenhouse responded that he had fired in self-defense after being attacked and fearing for his life.

The Rittenhouse shootings quickly made a rallying cry for Second Amendment rights supporters and those angered by the sometimes violent protests seen in some American cities after Floyd’s death.

Rittenhouse was photographed in a bar before the trial with apparently members of the far-right Proud Boys. Rittenhouse’s lawyers said he’s not a white supremacist.

“I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement, and I support peaceful protest,” Rittenhouse told Carlson in excerpts from the interview released by Fox News before it aired.

Last Friday a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of murder, attempted murder and reckless endangerment in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Hooper, 26, and the injury of Gigi Grosskreutz, now 28.

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