Tucker Carlson Rittenhouse Interview: During his first television interview, Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who was found not guilty of all charges in the fatal shooting of two men, was praised by Fox News prime time host Tucker Carlson, who called him “bright, honest, sincere, dutiful and hardworking — exactly the kind of person you’d want many more of in your country.” Rittenhouse was acquitted by a Wisconsin jury last Friday of all charges in the fatal shooting of two men. In the course of the chat, Carlson and Rittenhouse developed a cordial relationship, even exchanging lighthearted jokes at times.
After an 18-year-old student from Kenosha, Wisconsin, shot and killed two men and wounded a third during racial justice marches last year, legions of conservatives and far-right extremists have hailed him as both a hero and a victim, according to the media. Immediately after his acquittal on Friday, Rittenhouse sought to participate in his own beatification ceremony. He was unsuccessful.
According to Rittenhouse, he adopted an aggressive stance against his opponents while simultaneously satisfying the desires of his most fervent fans during his first national television appearance on Fox News’s Tucker Carlson. After a Wisconsin jury found him not guilty of all counts in the August 2020 shooting murders of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, as well as the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, he was released tonight. Meanwhile, demonstrations against the decision that started over the weekend continued in major cities throughout Carlson’s interview, which aired during prime time.
The discussion took place at a time when Rittenhouse’s trial and subsequent conviction have sparked a heated debate on some of the nation’s most sensitive topics, including gun rights and the ability to demonstrate without fear of being attacked by police. The judicial processes, on the other hand, were often terribly unserious, beginning with Judge Bruce Schroeder’s ruling that the lawyers representing Rittenhouse’s victims were not permitted to refer to the victims as “victims.” The defendant personally participated in the jury selection process, which was conducted in an unorthodox, old-fashioned lottery-style draw. And, lest we forget, there was a day of shaky crying on the witness stand that might have been avoided.
“What a lovely young lady. During a pause in the interview, Carlson informed Fox News viewers, “I believe it comes over loud and clear.” “Can you imagine putting the youngster in prison?” After the host made a pointed reference to how Rittenhouse “drove back across state lines, as we’re now calling it,” to turn himself in — a subtle dig at critics who have emphasized that Rittenhouse ventured armed into the middle of a conflict in a community where he did not live, the pair laughed knowingly. They also joked about Rittenhouse’s weight gain after being released from prison.
A warm image of Rittenhouse painted by Carlson, who describes Rittenhouse as “a working-class child who really believes in America… The valorous framing he has gotten from many on the right — “he tries his hardest to do the right thing at a time when nearly no one else in the community is attempting to do the right thing” — was repeated by many on the left.
A presenter for Newsmax, a cable program that puts itself to the right of Fox, has broached the idea of offering Rittenhouse an internship. Far-right members of Congress have said that they want to employ Rittenhouse to work on their staff. Rittenhouse was the subject of a lengthy segment on Sean Hannity’s Fox News show on Friday night, in which Hannity encouraged the teenager to take legal action against prominent Democrats and media figures who had criticized the teenager for patrolling the chaotic streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, with an AR-15-style rifle during clashes sparked by the shooting of a Black man by a White police officer in August 2020.