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While Kyle Rittenhouse’s family is no doubt happy that he isn’t headed to prison for a crime he never committed, his mother, Wendy, stressed in a Fox News interview which aired Sunday that “it’s not about winning or losing.”
It’s about right and wrong, and what was done to her son was wrong.
“The Rittenhouse family tells me the teen was slandered from the start. Looking to pursue legal action because they believe Kyle Rittenhouse was found guilty in the court of public opinion before he ever even got his day in court,” Fox News correspondent Alexis McAdams reported Sunday morning on Fox News’ “Fox & Friends.”
Democrats, activists and the media all smeared him as a murderer from day one. Yet on Friday, he was acquitted of murder charges on the grounds that he’d acted in self-defense when he’d shot three extremists, two fatally, who’d been chasing him, reportedly with the intent to kill, during the 2020 Kenosha riots.
But this doesn’t mean that Rittenhouse feels no remorse over the necessary actions he’d had to take at the time, according to his mother.
“It’s not about winning or losing. There was two people who did pass away and families have to grieve. … He does have remorse. You know, and like if people say if he can do it again, I said he would do it again. But talking to him now, he would never walk down there if this happened again. He would never,” she told Fox News.
The young man’s lead attorney, Mark Richards, has also reported him saying the same:
Thanks to everything that happened, Rittenhouse’s life will likely never be “normal” again.
“He wants to go to school, he wants to play with his dog Milo and be a normal kid, but it’s going to be different for him, because it’s going to be people out there who wants to hurt him. And he needs to heal, and the other people that’s been involved, they need to heal too. And it’s going to be difficult,” his mother said.
Indeed, because of all the death threats, the Rittenhouse family left Kenosha immediately after the acquittal Friday, and according to Richards, they’re expected to permanently relocate.
“I don’t think he’ll continue to live in this area — it’s too dangerous. He’s had 24-hour security since this happened,” he said from the steps of the Kenosha County Courthouse following the acquittal.
Richards has also faced nonstop death threats.
“Mark Richards, Kyle Rittenhouse’s criminal defense attorney, [said] that he has received so many death threats that he was no longer using his own cellphone. Richards said that he “can’t count” the number of death threats he’s received recently. ‘It’s too high,’ he added,” Insider reported Saturday.
“The attorney has since taken to using his wife’s cellphone, which he used to speak to Insider, but added that her number has also been targeted by people making death threats.”
What remains unclear now is when the Rittenhouse family will begin filing lawsuits, who they intend to hire to represent them and who they intend to target. What’s known is that the “short list” of possible defendants is anything but short.
‘Keeper of receipts’ Drew Holden shares a shortlist of libel suit targets for both Rittenhouse AND Trump – https://t.co/X6SRbL69sz
— Duane Hayes (@1953mdl) November 21, 2021
As reported previously, the list includes everybody from President Joe Biden to virtually every mainstream establishment media outlet in America, including but not limited to CBS, CNN, MSNBC, the Associated Press, The New York Times, The Washington Post.
Regarding Biden, the then-Democrat presidential nominee’s smear occurred a day after the first 2020 presidential debate last year and roughly a month after the shootings.
He posted a tweet accusing then-incumbent President Donald Trump of having “refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”
What actually occurred is that, when pressed to disavow white supremacist violence, Trump had correctly noted that the vast majority of the violence he was seeing around him was stemming from the left. And yet, he pointed out, Biden wasn’t being asked to condemn that clear-cut violence.
Biden tried to refute this in his tweet by including a video that purported to show white supremacists. But also included in the footage was a still shot of then-17-year-old Rittenhouse from the Kenosha riots that made him look like a murderous, violent white supremacist killer.
The defamatory tweet still remains up to this day:
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
Rittenhouse’s mother was not happy about the smear.
“When I saw that I was shocked, I was angry. President Biden don’t know my son whatsoever, and he’s not a white supremacist. He’s not a racist. And [Biden] did that for the votes. And I was so angry for a while at him and what he did to my son, he defamed him,” she said in a separate Fox News interview about two weeks ago.
While it’s unclear if the family will sue Biden, Rittenhouse’s supporters are hopeful they do.
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