Nov 22, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse Tucker Carlson Interview Transcript November 22
Kyle Rittenhouse participated in an interview with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson on November 22, 2021. Read the transcript of the interview here.
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Tucker Carlson: (00:00)
Good evening and welcome to Tucker Carlson Tonight. In retrospect, it’s remarkable just how dishonest, how thoroughly and intentionally dishonest the media coverage of the Kyle Rittenhouse story turned out to be. All of it was a lie. Rittenhouse was not a white supremacist. He was never in a militia. He never crossed state lines with a firearm. The protest in Kenosha was not peaceful. It was a riot, chaotic and violent. Many of the rioters, by the way, carried guns. Rittenhouse was hardly alone. Rittenhouse didn’t go to Kenosha looking for trouble, his father lived there. Rittenhouse himself worked as a lifeguard in Kenosha.
Tucker Carlson: (00:33)
On August 25th of last summer, Rittenhouse went downtown to stand guard over a car lot. Here’s the context. The night before, police in Kenosha had done nothing as the mob burned businesses, including another car lot, all the way to the ground. The business owner needed Kyle Rittenhouse’s help. He was looking to a 17 year old for help, if that gives you some perspective on how bad things were, and he asked for it.
Tucker Carlson: (00:56)
As Rittenhouse stood there, rioters threatened his life. Then they attempted to kill him. In the end, Rittenhouse shot three attackers as he tried to run to the safety of the police. A number of media outlets claimed the men Rittenhouse shot were black. In fact, all three were white and all three had serious criminal records. We could go on. Again, the media coverage was, from beginning to end, a tapestry of lies. If you watched the trial last week, you know that.
Tucker Carlson: (01:20)
But what about Kyle Rittenhouse himself? What is he like? Apart from his testimony in court, few Americans have ever heard his voice. Over the next hour, we’re going to let Kyle Rittenhouse speak for himself. You can make up your own mind what you think. But before we start, one observation, which you can’t resist making. It’s hard to ignore the yawning class divide between Kyle Rittenhouse and as many critics in the media.
Tucker Carlson: (01:42)
Rittenhouse comes from the least privileged sector of our society. During high school, he worked as a janitor and a fry cook to help support his family. Last year, he got into college at Arizona State and he’s very proud of it. In the world Kyle Rittenhouse grew up in, it is not a given that kids go to college. It’s not even close.
Tucker Carlson: (02:01)
During the course of our long conversation, Kyle Rittenhouse struck us as bright, decent, sincere, dutiful, and hardworking. Exactly the kind of person you’d want many more of in your country. He’s not especially political. He never wanted to be the symbol of anything. Kyle Rittenhouse just wanted to keep violent lunatic from setting fire to cars. In the America he grew up in, that was considered virtuous.
Tucker Carlson: (02:24)
If Rittenhouse seems a little bewildered at points during our interview thinking back over the last year and what happened to him, that’s probably why. A lot of the things he assumed were true about this country turned out not to be true at all. In that way, he speaks for many of us. Here’s Kyle Rittenhouse.
Tucker Carlson: (02:41)
Tell me, Kyle, how you wound up in Kenosha that day?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (02:46)
Well, it actually started on August 24th. I was working my job as a lifeguard at the RecPlex in Kenosha County, and then the riots were still going on and a curfew was implied, so I went to Dominic Black’s house and I stayed the night over there and saw the videos of the riots and the arson going on.
Tucker Carlson: (03:08)
What’d you think of it?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (03:11)
It was upsetting because Kenosha is my community. I just was upset seeing my community up in flames.
Tucker Carlson: (03:19)
Yeah. I bet you were. You’re at your friend’s house that night, you’ve come back from working as a lifeguard.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (03:28)
Tucker Carlson: (03:29)
Then you decide to go in. First, you’re cleaning up graffiti, correct?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (03:33)
Yes. I stayed the night August 24th. We wake up in the morning and we’re talking. We’re like, “Let’s go. Let’s go help our community. Let’s go see what we can do.” We ended up at Reuther Central High School where we were cleaning graffiti for a couple hours. Then we met with the owners of Car Source and we offered to protect their business from fires, making sure their other two properties didn’t get burned down like they did the night prior, and they agreed. We came back. We went back to Dominic’s house and hung out there for a little bit, and then we went to Car Source to help protect the property and make sure it didn’t set on fire again.
Tucker Carlson: (04:17)
You get there. What do you see?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:20)
When I get there, I see, in the beginning, the morning of Reuther Central, I see just spray paint everywhere. I see smoke coming from the Car Source that was burnt down. It was quite upsetting because that was somebody’s business that got destroyed.
Tucker Carlson: (04:38)
Yeah. You said to the people who own the car lot, “I want to protect your cars,” and they said, “Yes, please.”
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:46)
I said, “Hey, if you… ” I asked if they needed any help and they said, “Yes, if you can.”
Tucker Carlson: (04:52)
Where were the police?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:55)
I’m not sure, really, because they have a hard job.
Tucker Carlson: (05:00)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (05:01)
But I didn’t really think they got the support they needed. The National Guard should have been called August 23rd, but the City of Kenosha failed the community. The governor, Tony Evers, failed the community, and there should have been a lot more resources to help with that.
Tucker Carlson: (05:19)
That’s for sure. You’ve been criticized for carrying a firearm into the scene, but it’s obvious from the tape that a lot of people… You were not the only one with a firearm. There were rioters with firearms. Was that obvious to you?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (05:33)
Tucker Carlson: (05:36)
You saw other people with guns?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (05:38)
I did. There was a lot of people. There were rioters with firearms. I remember one very distinctly. Joshua Ziminski was walking around with a pistol in his hand all that night with Joseph Rosenbaum.
Tucker Carlson: (05:53)
Where did you first see Rosenbaum?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (05:55)
The first time I saw Rosenbaum was the first time he’d threatened to kill me. It was at the corner of the Car Source lot that I was at primarily that night. I was asking people if they need medical, and he came up to me and Ryan Balch and he said, “If I catch any of you MF’ers alone, I’m going to effing kill you.”
Tucker Carlson: (06:16)
Had you ever seen him before?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (06:17)
I have not.
Tucker Carlson: (06:19)
You’d never seen this guy, he walks up and threatens to kill you out of nowhere?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (06:23)
Yes. It was quite shocking. I was like, “Why would somebody threaten to kill me? I’m just asking if people need help on both sides.” I was there just to help anybody that needed it. Shockingly, the only people I helped that night were rioters.
Tucker Carlson: (06:40)
What kind of sense did you get from Rosenbaum? That sounds deranged.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (06:45)
When he threatened to kill me, I was like, “What the heck just happened?” Nobody’s ever threatened to kill me up until that point. I was like, “That’s not something you say to somebody.”
Tucker Carlson: (07:02)
How long after that was it that he tried to grab your rifle?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (07:05)
It was about an hour and a half later, and then there was actually a second time he said to the group, he said… This is the second time he threatened to kill everybody. He said, “I’m going to effing kill you. I’m going to cut your hearts out, you effing N words.”
Tucker Carlson: (07:23)
Cut your hearts out?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (07:25)
Tucker Carlson: (07:27)
Did any of the rioters try and calm him down or stop him?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (07:31)
What I notice is the rioters were trying to… They were disassociating with him because he was spewing the N word around and they just didn’t seem to want to have anything to deal with him, the rioters.
Tucker Carlson: (07:47)
Yeah. He comes, he tries to grab your rifle, he gets shot. You decide at that point, unless I’m misremembering, you want to go turn yourself into the police?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (07:56)
Yes. After I shoot Mr. Rosenbaum, he tried to grab my gun. I was running away, there was a gunshot behind me. After I shoot him, I run around the car because I was going to go render first aid to him. I wasn’t able to because then there was a mob forming and calling for my execution, to get him and to kill him. That’s when I tried to run to the police line and get to the police. Then I am attacked again.
Tucker Carlson: (08:29)
By the guy who kicked you?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (08:31)
By jump kick man. Yes.
Tucker Carlson: (08:34)
Whose identity we didn’t know. It turns out the prosecution knew it and hid it.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (08:38)
Yeah. We found out November 7th, the prosecution, we went into the judge’s chambers and the prosecution said we identified jump kick man. The prosecution threw a fit a little bit. They didn’t want us to interview him. They were like, “Well, he’s a victim,” and didn’t want my investigators or my attorneys to interview him or ask him questions. They just wanted to do it private non-recorded, and the judge said, “No, no, no. It’s going to be recorded.” Then, a couple hours later, they say, “Oh, he asked for immunity and we’re not going to give it to him so we’re not going to be calling him as a witness.”
Tucker Carlson: (09:17)
Yeah. Well, probably didn’t want to talk about his criminal record.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (09:20)
Tucker Carlson: (09:21)
You’re running trying to get to the police lines. You see the mob coming after you. “Let’s execute him,” they’re saying. Then out of nowhere you get dropped to the ground by the guy who kicks you in the head?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (09:34)
Tucker Carlson: (09:34)
Did you see him coming?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (09:36)
I did. To backtrack a little bit. Actually, as I’m running, Gaige Grosskreutz came up to me with his phone and put it in my face and he said, “What are you doing? Did you just shoot that man?” I told him, “I’m going to the police.” He said, “Oh, okay,” and ran off. I kept running to get to the police. That’s when Anthony Huber strikes me with a skateboard as I’m running before I’m on the ground for the first time, and then I’m hit with a rock by somebody in a white tank top. That’s how I end up on the ground. I have four people around me from what I remember, and I move my firearm in the direction and they back off with their hands up so I don’t shoot them, and then jump kick man keeps coming, and that’s when I fire two shots at jump kick man.
Tucker Carlson: (10:24)
Wow. You miss him and he kicks you?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (10:28)
Tucker Carlson: (10:30)
Then what happens?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (10:32)
After jump kick man is running off, Anthony Huber comes up and he grabs the barrel of my gun, and then he hits me with his skateboard holding his trucks, and that’s when I shoot him one time.
Tucker Carlson: (10:47)
Where did he hit you with the skateboard?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (10:49)
He hit me in the back of the head, in the neck. The back of the head towards the neck line.
Tucker Carlson: (10:57)
Did you think you were going to be killed at that point?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (10:59)
Tucker Carlson: (11:00)
Then what happens?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (11:02)
Then after Mr. Huber attacks me, Mr. Grosskreutz puts his hands up, and then I have my rifle pointed in his direction for about a second, and then once I lower my rifle, I noticed that my ejection port is opened about an inch. Mr. Grosskreutz said I pulled the charging handle, which never happened. I hit the forward assist to close the ejection port. He sees me doing that or something, and this time he runs at me and he has his gun pointed directly at my head.
Tucker Carlson: (11:34)
Did you see the gun?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (11:35)
Tucker Carlson: (11:37)
Do you think he was going to shoot you?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (11:39)
I did. He had it pointed directly at my head and that’s when I shoot him one time. He is no longer a threat to me at that point because he ran off after I fired that shot.
Tucker Carlson: (11:52)
Did you realize you hit him?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (11:53)
I didn’t know until later.
Tucker Carlson: (11:57)
Then what happens?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (11:59)
There is a person directly in front of me and I point my rifle in their direction and he puts his hands up and he’s backing up. I then turn around, start going to the police, and then I hear shots behind me and I turn around and briefly raise my rifle to see if I’m being shot at. Then I realize I can’t see who’s shooting at me, so then I turn around and go back to the police car, towards the police line.
Tucker Carlson: (12:28)
Hearing this is just hard to believe this is happening in an American city.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (12:32)
Tucker Carlson: (12:34)
Then you finally get up, you hear shots, you turn to see who’s shooting at you, and then you finally make it to the police line.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (12:42)
Yes. Once I make it to the police cruiser, the police officer says, “Get back, get back, get back.” One of them has a gun out and the other has pepper spray pointed at me. I say, “Hey, I just had to shoot somebody. I just had to shoot somebody.” Then they say, “Go home.” I didn’t know this until-
Tucker Carlson: (13:02)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (13:03)
Yeah. The officer said to go home. I don’t think he knew what happened or heard me. There’s a lot of chaos going on.
Tucker Carlson: (13:10)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (13:13)
Apparently he pepper-sprayed me. You can see it in the video, but I don’t remember being pepper-sprayed by him.
Tucker Carlson: (13:19)
Then what happened?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (13:21)
I say, “Okay.” I go back to the Car Source lot number two. We’ve been referring to them Car Source one is the one that got burnt down, Car Source two is the one that I was at primarily the entire night, and Car Source three is the one where I was attacked by Mr. Rosenbaum. I go back to Car Source lot number two and I tell everybody there what happened. I said, “I had to do it. I was just attacked.” I was dizzy, I was vomiting, I couldn’t breathe, and I was like… I want to turn myself in to the police in Kenosha, but I wasn’t able to because they weren’t accepting visitors, apparently, with the barricades and the fence up, so we ended up turning myself into the Antioch Police Department.
Tucker Carlson: (14:10)
You drove back across state lines, as we’re now calling it.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (14:16)
Tucker Carlson: (14:16)
You couldn’t even turn yourself in.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (14:18)
No. I had to go to Antioch Police Department, which to my understanding is the closest police department to Kenosha.
Tucker Carlson: (14:27)
Why do you think people were burning Car Source? What does that have to do with civil rights?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (14:32)
I don’t know. I think it was opportunists taking advantage of the BLM movement. I agree with the BLM movement. I agree everybody has the right to protest and assemble, but I do not agree that people have the right to burn down. I don’t appreciate that people are burning down American cities to try to spread their message. I think there’s other ways to go around and do that.
Tucker Carlson: (14:55)
Well, I agree with that completely. You turn yourself in to Antioch Police. What do you think’s going to happen at that point to you?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (15:03)
I didn’t know. I was in shock. My head was spinning from being hit in the head multiple times. I had some minor injuries. I just didn’t know. I didn’t know I was going to be arrested for defending myself, because everything was on video. Part of the reason I think I was arrested is because of the mob mentality. They were like, “Oh, yeah, we’re just going to arrest him,” even though there was videos already out showing me being attacked and having to defend myself.
Tucker Carlson: (15:36)
When was it that you were arrested?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (15:37)
I was arrested on August 25th at around 6:00 AM. I was formerly arrested without a criminal complaint being drafted. They didn’t know what they were charging me with yet, they just arrested me.
Tucker Carlson: (15:50)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (15:51)
At Antioch Police Department.
Tucker Carlson: (15:54)
What’d your parents say when you called them and told them what had happened?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (15:56)
I didn’t call my mom. After, I saw her and she was in shock. She was like… She wanted to go into hiding, and I said, “No. The right thing to do would be to turn myself in. I didn’t do anything wrong.”
Tucker Carlson: (16:08)
You knew that from the very beginning.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (16:10)
I knew that. A lot of people were like, “Oh, Kyle had time to meet with his attorneys to come up with this amazing defense of self defense.” No, that’s not the case. This has been 100% self defense from the beginning. I didn’t know there was 100 cameras, but I did know I was attacked and I defended myself.
Tucker Carlson: (16:29)
What do you think would’ve happened to you if there hadn’t been the amount of video that there is?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (16:34)
I can’t even imagine. I don’t think we’d be sitting here right now having this talk, Tucker.
Tucker Carlson: (16:40)
That’s for sure. You’d never get out.
Tucker Carlson: (16:46)
Rittenhouse knows perfectly well the only reason he’s free is because he can prove what actually happened thanks to those videos. But it didn’t prevent him from going jail anyway. He did for a longer period than most people understand. During that time, he picked up a couple of attorneys who said they would help him. In his view, they badly abused him and his family and their trust. He’ll tell you a lot about that in just a minute, and about the prosecutors.
Tucker Carlson: (00:00)
Rittenhouse doesn’t seem eager to talk about it, but he spent months in jail after turning himself into police, much of it in an adult lockup, despite the fact he was a minor. It was during that time that his family, his mother mostly, desperately looked for legal counsel, for representation, someone help him get out of jail. In the end, the family was represented by a pair of lawyers called Lin Wood and John Pierce. This came up out of nowhere, we were not expecting to have this conversation at all, we were taken by surprise a little bit but it’s really interesting. Here’s Kyle Rittenhouse’s description of what his lawyers did to him.
Tucker Carlson: (00:36)
You get arrested, what happens then?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (00:38)
Once I’m arrested, I go to Depke Juvenile Facility, and I got to say thank you to them for their professionalism and-
Tucker Carlson: (00:47)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (00:48)
The guards at Depke. They were the utmost professional people I’ve ever met.
Tucker Carlson: (00:56)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (00:57)
Exactly. They were some of the most professional people I’ve ever. [crosstalk 00:01:01] It was amazing. They treated me with respect and they didn’t talk down to you like you’ve seen in some videos. They just treated me like I was a human.
Tucker Carlson: (01:13)
How long were you there?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (01:14)
I was in jail for 87 days. And this follows in with Lin Wood. Lin Wood was raising money on my behalf and he held me in jail for 87 days, disrespected my wishes, put me on media interviews, which I should never have done, which he said, “Oh, you’re going to go talk to the Washington Post.” Which was not a good idea. Along with John Pierce, they said I was safer in jail instead of at home with my family. And then after I’m bailed out-
Tucker Carlson: (01:46)
Your lawyer said that?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (01:47)
My lawyer said that. John Pearson, Lin Wood.
Tucker Carlson: (01:50)
87 days is a long time to be in jail.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (01:53)
It was very long. I lost a lot of weight in there. I since then gained it back.
Tucker Carlson: (01:58)
I know the feeling. Yeah.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (02:01)
But 87 days of not being with my family for defending myself and being taken advantage to, being used for a cause by John Pearson, Lin Wood trying to raise money so they can take it for their own benefit. Not trying to set me free.
Tucker Carlson: (02:23)
So you think they could have raised the money for bail faster, but they didn’t?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (02:30)
I believe sometime in September, September 5th I want to say, they had over a million dollars and bail was set and able to be posted in September. So they could have had me sign the way ever for extradition and had me back in Wisconsin and I could have been bailed out by mid-September, but they wanted to keep me in jail until November 20th.
Tucker Carlson: (02:54)
What was that like?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (02:56)
It was scary in jail, you had to watch over yourself and not a lot of people liked me in jail until… The funny thing is a lot of people didn’t like me in jail, but they got to hear like my story and they got to understand me, he’s actually a really decent person. Not this person that the media painted him out to be. It was scary. But I was able to make friends, I’d say acquaintance in jail and play Spades card games with them.
Tucker Carlson: (03:25)
Amazing. So you’re in jail for 87 days. Do you have a sense of how your case is being talked about in the outside world?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (03:33)
Not really when I’m in jail, but once I am bailed out, John Pierce said I was in an unorganized militia, which is just blatantly false. I didn’t know what a militia was-
Tucker Carlson: (03:43)
Wait, your lawyer said you were in a militia?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (03:45)
John Pierce said that, and it’s blatantly false. I didn’t know what a militia was until after the fact until November like 25th after I was watching some of the interviews he did. I was like, I am not in a militia. I don’t know what that is.
Tucker Carlson: (04:02)
Sorry. Sorry to laugh.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:06)
And I was like, what the heck? And I’m like, no wonder people are saying I’m in a militia, it’s because he painted that narrative which he should never have gone there.
Tucker Carlson: (04:17)
Well, yeah, it’s untrue.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:19)
Tucker Carlson: (04:23)
So I haven’t heard you mention race at all in this conversation, you said you saw your community on fire, you wanted to help, you asked a business owner if you could help. Were you surprised to see this framed as a racial story?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:40)
To be honest, Tucker, this case has nothing to do with race. It never had anything to do with race, it had to do with the right to self defense.
Tucker Carlson: (04:51)
What a sweet kid. I think that comes through loud and clear, playing Hearts in jail. But he seems confused by the descriptions of this case as pertaining somehow to race. What he didn’t know when he was locked away for 87 days, is that the media spurred on by democratic politicians like Joe Biden, immediately branded him a white supremacist. Again, the President of the United States said that, several members of Congress. Now during the trial, one of the prosecutors, Thomas Binger, particularly loathsome character, the government lawyer, mock Kyle Rittenhouse for putting out fires in Kenosha. It’s dishonorable to put out fires, apparently when BLM sets them. So we asked Kyle Rittenhouse about that, here’s what he said.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (05:37)
I’m not a racist person. I support the BLM movement. I support peacefully demonstrating. And I believe there needs to be change, I believe there’s a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case, but in other cases. And it’s just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of somebody. If they did this to me, imagine what they could have done to a person of color who doesn’t maybe have the resources I do or is not widely publicized like my case.
Tucker Carlson: (06:06)
What did you make of the President of the United States calling you a white supremacist?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (06:11)
Mr. President, if I could say one thing to you, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial and understand the facts before you make a statement.
Tucker Carlson: (06:21)
That’s not a small thing to be called that.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (06:23)
No, it’s actual malice defaming my character for him to say something like that.
Tucker Carlson: (06:32)
I mean, why do you think, and it’s not simply Biden who said that it, a lot of people on television have said that a lot dozens of people have said that. I’m sorry to tell you in case you haven’t seen it.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (06:42)
Yeah. It’s actually quite hysterical how nobody can go back and look at the facts of the case. He crossed state lines, false. He’s a white supremacist, false. None of that is true. And the lies that they can just get away with spreading is just sickening and it’s disgrace to this country.
Tucker Carlson: (07:05)
I couldn’t agree more. So before this, I mean you’re 17 years old, so you’re probably not watching cable news all day or deeply into politics or maybe you were, but did you know how dishonest media coverage of events could be?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (07:21)
I didn’t. I’ve never seen something so polarizing in my life when it’s obvious self defense. If you look at the case, you look at the facts. No matter what your opinion is or where you stand it. This wasn’t a political case, it shouldn’t been a political case, it was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race. The ways people are twisting this, it’s just sickening.
Tucker Carlson: (07:49)
I think a lot of people watching have reached the same conclusion and they would like to see you help make this better by holding some of these liars to account. Do you plan to do that?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (08:01)
I have really good lawyers who are taking care of that right now. So I’m hoping one day there will be accountability for their actions that they did.
Tucker Carlson: (08:13)
Okay. So, you’re not going to let that go.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (08:16)
Like I said, really good lawyers are handling that.
Tucker Carlson: (08:22)
So during the trial, was there ever a point where you thought, despite the fact you had all this video evidence on your side, bolstering your story, did you ever think I might go to jail for the rest of my life.?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (08:34)
That was a thought I had every single day until I got the not guilty verdict.
Tucker Carlson: (08:39)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (08:39)
Are you aware who Jo-Ellan Dimitrius is?
Tucker Carlson: (08:44)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (08:46)
So Jo-Ellan selected my jury, which she did an amazing job, but you still have that feeling in your stomach and knots to like, what if somebody snuck their way onto my jury to convict me. So that was something that always went through my head, but I know where I stand and I know I defended myself.
Tucker Carlson: (09:05)
Were you surprised by the verdict?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (09:07)
I wasn’t. I thought they came to the correct verdict because it wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin’s, it was the right to self defense on trial.
Tucker Carlson: (09:17)
Kyle Rittenhouse: (09:17)
And if I was convicted, no one would ever be privileged to defend their life against attackers. And thank God they came to the correct verdict of a not guilty.
Tucker Carlson: (09:34)
So the media lies about the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a riot ensues, young people from throughout the area rush to the riot to set things on fire. Kyle Rittenhouse shows up to prevent things from being burned to the ground, to stop arson. Guess whose side our leaders take? They call him a white supremacist. They slander him. Watching him speak you realize just how disgusting what they did to him is.
Tucker Carlson: (00:00)
So we’re about 45 minutes into our interview with Kyle Rittenhouse, and the picture that emerges is of a working-class kid who sincerely believes in America. His community falls apart and he tries his best to do the right thing at a time when almost nobody else in the community is trying to do the right thing, but he does, and in return for that, the State, under political pressure throws him in prison. Then the people who swear they will help him take advantage of him. It’s a lot. So what does he plan to do now, now that he’s been acquitted? Well, here’s that part of the interview.
Tucker Carlson: (00:35)
What do you think your life’s going to be like after this?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (00:38)
I’m hoping I can live a quiet, stress-free life and be free of any intimidation or harassment and just go on with my life as a normal 18-year-old kid attending college.
Tucker Carlson: (00:53)
So you’re going to go to college?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (00:54)
I am in college. I’m a student at Arizona State University.
Tucker Carlson: (00:59)
I mean, are you going to go to campus?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (01:02)
I think I am. I want to. It’s a lot of things we have to look into, so I don’t know for sure yet, but I do intend on going in campus and pursuing a career in nursing. I may change it. I’ve been looking into law. I may want to become a lawyer. I haven’t completely decided yet, but I want to be a nurse, so I’ve been doing the prerequisites for that.
Tucker Carlson: (01:25)
Interesting. Do you think you can have that, that you can live peacefully in this country unmolested?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (01:33)
I hope so, but I can’t read the future. I’m hoping that people go back and understand the facts and watch the trial, watch the prosecutorial misconduct that I believe happened, and realize that I was an innocent 17-year-old who was violently attacked and defended myself.
Tucker Carlson: (01:54)
Because you wanted to clean graffiti and protect a car lot.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (01:58)
And apparently, a lot of people on the left, it’s criminal to want to protect your community.
Tucker Carlson: (02:04)
Do you feel like your life’s been destroyed by this?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (02:07)
I feel my life has been extremely defamed by it. I don’t think I would be able to go out and get a job and not have to deal with harassment, but I’m at a place now where I have to have people with me because people want to kill me just because I defended myself, and they’re too ignorant to look at the facts of what happened.
Tucker Carlson: (02:34)
Do you feel the threats?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (02:35)
I do. I see some of the threats. Some of the things people say, it’s absolutely sickening.
Tucker Carlson: (02:42)
Are you confident that the government will protect you from these threats? Because that’s, of course, the government’s job.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (02:47)
I hope so, but we all know how the FBI works.
Tucker Carlson: (02:51)
Yeah. I mean, looking back, it’s been a year and a half, less than, even. This is not the life that you planned, obviously.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (03:04)
No. It is far from the life I planned. This is something that I wish never would have happened, but it did, and we can’t change that. But how polarized it became is absolutely sickening. Right or left, people using me for a cause that should never have been used as a cause.
Tucker Carlson: (03:31)
I read that you’re not going to stay in the Midwest.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (03:35)
I’m not. I’m going to find somewhere to live. Before this, I actually really wanted to move to Naples, Florida, and then this happened, but I don’t know where I’m going to go. I’m going to go lay low and live my life and enjoy it.
Tucker Carlson: (03:50)
Why are you so calm?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (03:53)
I’m a naturally calm person. I find it to be a problem when people are overreacting, because things are out of our control, so I try not to deal with that.
Tucker Carlson: (04:05)
Huh. I mean, just for-
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:08)
Believe me, on the inside, I’m freaking out.
Tucker Carlson: (04:10)
Well you must be. I mean, for the record, you just got acquitted, I mean, two days ago. So that was the first thing I noticed, that you seem very calm. You don’t seem like someone who’s just had his mind blown.
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:26)
Yeah. On the inside, I’m freaking out. But the best thing you can do… You freak out, everybody else freaks out. It’s like a chain reaction. So the best thing I can do is stay calm.
Tucker Carlson: (04:36)
Do you feel like you’ve been watched over?
Kyle Rittenhouse: (04:38)
I believe God’s been on my side for the beginning.
Tucker Carlson: (04:45)
Hard to imagine you could have watched the whole trial and then watched those 48 minutes and come away thinking Kyle Rittenhouse is a monster. Just the opposite, actually. As we said, this is a boy who sincerely believed in the promises of America: do the right thing, be honest. Worked hard to turn himself in to the police. Their response? They pepper-sprayed him. He had to drive across state lines, speaking of, to turn himself in to the police.
Tucker Carlson: (05:11)
It’s an amazing story, and it’s a deeply sad story for what it says, not about him, but about the rest of us. We’ve got reactions tonight to the interview we just did from Judge Jeanine Pirro. We’ve also got behind-the-scenes footage that our producer shot for our documentary series: Behind The Scenes at the Rittenhouse Trial. That’s all next.
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