Kyle Rittenhouse considers defamation case against US President Biden

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Screengrab from Fox News Tucker Carlson interview with Kyle Rittenhouse.

By William Hallowell, CP News Reporter.

After being cleared of homicide charges last week in the case that’s dividing America, Rittenhouse says he is considering suing President Joe Biden.

The US President has previously referred to the teenager as being a “white supremacist” after he shot dead two white people and injured a third, which he argued was in self-defence in the trial. 

Following the verdict, prominent Republican voices demanded that Biden apologise for his remark, for which Rittenhouse is considering a defamation case. 

Tom Cotton, a Republican senator for Arkansas, has said that the President has “slandered” Rittenhouse, and that “if he had any decency, Biden would apologise publicly – not attack the jury for following the law.”

Rittenhouse, 18, who was 17 at the time he was alleged to have committed several criminal charges, told Tucker Carlson on Fox News on Monday night:

“Mr President, if I would 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.

“He crossed state lines, false. He’s a white supremacist, false. None of that is true. The lies that they can get away with spreading is just sickening and it’s a disgrace to this country.”

Rittenhouse added that he had “really good lawyers” who are investigating potential defamation charges.  

President Biden released an official statement after the jury’s deliberations, which read:

“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken. 

“I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us.  

“I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law.

“I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law.  Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.  

“The White House and Federal authorities have been in contact with Governor Evers’s office to prepare for any outcome in this case, and I have spoken with the Governor this afternoon and offered support and any assistance needed to ensure public safety.”

Mr Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy, has also accused the President of defaming her son. She said:

“He is not a white supremacist. He is not a racist” and “President Biden doesn’t know my son, whatsoever”.

Mr Rittenhouse also told Carlson that “I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement, I support peacefully demonstrating” and “I feel like my life has been extremely defamed.”

Kyle Rittenhouse was cleared last week of the following charges:

  • First-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon
  • First-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon

Watch the Tucker Carlson interview with Kyle Rittenhouse here.

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