Kyle Rittenhouse slammed President Biden for “defaming” his character after the president tweeted a video implying the teen is a white supremacist.
“What did you make of the president of the United States calling you a white supremacist?” During a wide-ranging interview, Fox News host Tucker Carlson asked Rittenhouse this question, which aired in part on Monday evening.
“It’s actual malice, defaming my character for him to say something like that,” Rittenhouse said.
Tucker: "What did you make of the president of the United States calling you a white supremacist?"
Rittenhouse: "It's actual malice, defaming my character, for him to say something like that." pic.twitter.com/90OnmwFyNU
— Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 23, 2021
When Biden ran for president in September 2020, he tweeted, “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,” referring to President Donald Trump. Rittenhouse’s picture was also featured in Biden’s video.
The video shows Trump denouncing political violence “from the left wing” before telling members of the far-right Proud Boys group to “stand back and stand by.”
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. pic.twitter.com/Q3VZTW1vUV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
In Monday night’s interview, Rittenhouse also chastised Biden for his prepared post-verdict statement, in which the president stated that he was “angry and concerned” about 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 during the interview.
During the interview, Mr Rittenhouse, who said he now wanted to be a nurse or a lawyer, stated that his case had nothing to do with race.
“To be honest this case has nothing to do with race, it never had anything to do with race, it had to do with the right to self-defence,” he said.
“I am not a racist person I support BLM, I support peacefully demonstrating, I believe there needs to be changes, I believe there is a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, it is amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of people.”
Rittenhouse told Tucker Carlson that he thought the jury did the right thing by acquitting him on all charges last week.