Kyle Rittenhouse claimed his ex-attorney “set him up” for a photograph of him posing with purported members of the Proud Boys and making a hand gesture utilized by white supremacists.
Rittenhouse blasted his former authorized group, John Pierce and Lin Wood, saying he didn’t know the “OK” hand sign is now related to white supremacy and claiming he “didn’t know what a militia was” till after he was arrested.
The 18-year-old was seen making the gesture in a now extensively circulated image taken in a Wisconsin bar and utilized by the prosecution within the racially charged murder case in opposition to Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two individuals and injured a 3rd throughout a confrontation in Kenosha-Wis., final yr.
Rittenhouse, acquitted on all prices final week after claiming self-defense, posed for the image in January whereas awaiting trial.
“I didn’t know that the OK hand sign was a symbol for white supremacy just as I didn’t know those people in the bar were Proud Boys,” Rittenhouse told NewsNationNow’s Ashleigh Banfield in an interview that aired Tuesday. “They were set up by my former attorney (Pierce) who was fired because of that, for putting me in situations like that with people I don’t agree with.”
Pierce wasn’t in attendance on the bar, however was planning to make use of the Proud Boys as safety at his legislation workplace throughout a listening to within the case, Rittenhouse mentioned. An electronic mail to Rittenhouse’s former authorized group from The Post wasn’t instantly acknowledged on Tuesday.
“I definitely don’t think it looked good to hang out with people who are now known to be Proud Boys,” Rittenhouse mentioned when requested if he had second ideas concerning the image. “I positively wouldn’t try this once more.
“I found out they were Proud Boys when I saw the headlines,” he added. “I thought they were just a bunch of, like, construction dudes based on how they looked.”
Rittenhouse blamed the attorneys for the narrative that he had been a member of an unorganized militia when he confirmed up armed with a semiautomatic rifle in Kenosha throughout anti-police brutality and anti-racism protests final yr. He additionally continued in charge his former authorized group for his being saved in jail for 87 days when he might’ve waived extradition and made bail.
“We fired him because he was like going on with all this QAnon and election fraud stuff and just stuff we don’t agree with,” Rittenhouse acknowledged.
In a separate interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that aired Monday, Rittenhouse bashed President Joe Biden for “defaming” his character by tweeting out a video suggesting Rittenhouse was a white supremacist. During the interview, Rittenhouse additionally mentioned he was trying into taking authorized motion in opposition to individuals who might have misrepresented his case.