WHILE speaking with Sean Hannity, former President Donald Trump weighed in on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict saying the teen would have died if he “didn’t pull the trigger.”
The hour-long exclusive interview ended with Trump giving his thoughts about the controversial verdict in which Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts.
Donald Trump spoke with Sean Hannity for an exclusive hour-long interviewCredit: Fox News
Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted on all chargesCredit: Fox News
Rittenhouse visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago after the verdict, where the former president says he got to know the teen a little bit.
“He came over with his mother. Really a nice young man,” said Trump, who called what the teen went through during the trial “prosecutorial misconduct.”
Trump believes Rittenhouse shouldn’t have had to “suffer” through the trial where the 18-year-old was charged with first-degree homicide after fatally shooting two people and injuring one other person last summer.
He claimed that Rittenhouse would have died if it were not for his actions that night, alluding to the teen’s claims of self-defense.
“If he didn’t pull that trigger, that guy that put the gun to his head in one-quarter of a second he was gonna pull the trigger, Kyle would have been dead.”
Trump goes on to call Kyle a “really good young guy.”
Rittenhouse was seen walking the streets of Wisconsin with an AR-15 weapon during the protests in Kenosha following the shooting of Jacob Blake.
Multiple people testified during Rittenhouse’s three-week trial, including Grosskreutz who believed thought that Rittenhouse was an active shooter.
Rittenhouse took the stand on November 10 and sobbed during his testimony, causing the proceedings to stop.
He was acquitted on all charges on November 19
PROTESTS FOLLOWING VERDICT
Following the verdict, protests began to break out across the country.
Protestors shut down the Brooklyn Bridge in New York City while in Portland, demonstrators reportedly forced open a jail gate, which resulted in the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office declaring a riot, according to CNN.
According to state officials, Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers authorized around 500 National Guard troops to be on standby in case they are needed after his verdict was announced.
“We continue to be in close contact with our partners at the local level to ensure the state provides support and resources to help keep the Kenosha community and greater area safe,” said Evers.
“I urge folks who are otherwise not from the area to please respect the community by reconsidering any plans to travel there and encourage those who might choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights to do so safely and peacefully.”
Rittenhouse visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago after the verdict and the former President says he got to know the teenCredit: Fox News
Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree murder for the fatal shooting of two people at a Kenosha protestCredit: AP
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