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Fox News host Lawrence Jones is making the case that Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager on trial for the alleged self-defense shooting of three attackers during the Kenosha riots last year, should sue his detractors in the media for maligning his character.

Rittenhouse was on armed civilian patrol last summer during the Black Lives Matter riots over the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin when he was allegedly attacked. He contends he was forced to shoot and kill two men and wound a third in self-defense.

Jones interviewed Townhall.com reporter Julio Rosas who documented and reported on the riots last year. He was there when Rittenhouse was forced to fatally shoot his attackers.

“As someone who was there that night. I mean, it’s kind of interesting that people, you know, they say, ‘Why was he there?’” commented Rosas. “It doesn’t really matter in terms of the case because he was there. And so you have to look at whether he shot in self-defense. But you don’t really hear people asking why the rioters were out here that night.”

“It’s clear what they’re doing,” Jones asserted. “It’s C.Y.A. Covering our a–es [sic]. And this case proves that the people that discredited this young man and went after him simply because they didn’t like him – not in the eyes of the law – should be sued because it was defamation of character. It’s wrong. And I’m interested to see what’s going to happen to the prosecution. There’s no way this case should have been in court.”

Jones is not the only one who believes Rittenhouse should sue. *Caution: Adult Language:

The Fox News host opened up the segment by bluntly accusing the media of convicting Rittenhouse before he ever stood trial.

“The trial for 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse is underway but if you ask the media, he doesn’t deserve due process. In fact, he was already tried and convicted in the court of public opinion, apparently the prosecution as well, after he shot three rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin in August of 2020 killing two of them. Now, Rittenhouse claimed self-defense saying someone pointed the gun at him first. That didn’t matter to the media. They still painted him as a far-right extremist with a thirst for blood,” Jones said.

“Reporter Julio Rosas has been inside the courtroom for the trial and he joins us now to unpack the case. Julio, we always appreciate your reporting. Question is did the prosecution do any preinterviews or do anything? Because you would think they would know this stuff before the trial,” Jones pointed out.

“I mean presumably they did. It’s just the fact is the case, their whole case on murder charges was never really strong to begin with and you would think that especially after Richard McGinnis’ testimony last week, you wouldn’t think it could get any worse for the prosecution but it actually did with Gaige’s testimony yesterday where he agreed that Kyle Rittenhouse did not shoot him until after he put his hands down, advanced toward Rittenhouse, and pointed his handgun at his head. The videos have shown that. Eyewitness testimony has shown that. I was there for that portion of the shooting last year. This was a tough case to begin with,” Rosas contended.

“As the media examples that you played just now show, you would think this would be a slam dunk. You know, a lot of people have had a lot to say about this case. But, they clearly didn’t even bother to look at the evidence even before the trial started. And they, you know, even people today, they clearly haven’t paid attention to the trial,” he remarked.

“You know, Julio, something interesting and I would argue dangerous happened in this case. It was a case strictly on emotion,” Jones said. ”

And, you know, a lot of people made the argument that he should not have been there. You can feel that way. You can say I think he’s a terrible guy, all that type of stuff that doesn’t matter when it comes to the case of self-defense that seems to be the prosecution’s problem right here. They predicated this on how people felt… if he should have been there at that moment. But they aren’t — they have not been able to prove that he was a cold-blooded murderer because it just doesn’t exist. I don’t understand why the defense didn’t ask today for a dismissal right there in court after that bombshell,” Jones commented referring to the testimony of Gaige Grosskreutz.

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