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(Video: Fox News)
Attorney Mark Richards, who was part of the Kyle Rittenhouse defense team, told Fox News’ Martha MacCallum on Monday that his client should change his name and attempt to start his life over.
MacCallum pointed to the fact that before his trial and now even after he has been acquitted on all charges, Rittenhouse is still being smeared and blatantly lied about in the mainstream press. President Joe Biden, in fact, would not answer a question from a reporter who asked him if he stood by referring to Rittenhouse as a white supremacist, having used Rittenhouse’s image in a campaign ad that said as much ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
MacCallum played a part of Rittenhouse’s recent interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson, where he stated that he believes there is a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, though it is not unique to his case only.
When asked by the host if he agreed with that assertion, Richards said that he certainly believes that prosecutors in the Rittenhouse trial were dishonest at times and pushed the boundaries of what is ethical conduct. But he didn’t feel that it rose to the level of breaking the law and thus warranting a mistrial.
The host then asked Richards for his thoughts on the many internship offers that Rittenhouse has received from members of Congress.
“Well, I think there’s a lot of people want to use Kyle for their own means,” said Richards. “I think the way the Rittenhouse name right now has trended on Twitter – and that’s what we live in, is a Twitter society – people want to use his name, get it out there so they can get some publicity. I think it’s cheap. That’s what I think.”
“So what’s your advice to him about how he should live his life from now?” asked MacCallum.
“Yeah, my advice would be to change his name and start his life over,” Richards responded. “He’s very recognizable right now. There’s a lot of people who I don’t think have his best interests at heart, and probably want to make him a symbol of something I don’t think he wants to be necessarily associated with. And once you give up your name and your likeness and you join those causes, I think a lot of people will use you for their own purposes and you won’t be able to control it.”
Richards concluded by saying, “It’s gonna be a fine line where he decides to go. Ultimately I hope he makes the right choices. I would think his life would be a lot easier being anonymous and going on with his life as opposed to try and keep his fervent supporters happy.”
The defense attorney also applauded the jury, whom he says were well-aware that no matter what verdict they reached, half of the country would hate them for it.
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