Former President Donald Trump has revealed that he met teenage Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse after his not guilty verdict – and called him a “really nice young man”.
Trump told Fox News host Sean Hannity about the visit on Tuesday, four days after Rittenhouse was acquitted.
“Kyle, I got to know him a little bit. He called, Trump said.” He wanted to know if he could come over and say hello because he was a fan. “
The ex-president continued: “He’s a really good young guy … just left Mar-a-Lago a while ago, and he should never have been exposed to it.”
Trump said that “it was the prosecutor’s dishonesty, and it’s happening all over the United States right now with the Democrats.”
“(Rittenhouse) should not have had to go to trial for that,” Trump said. “He would be dead if he did not hit the trigger, that guy who put the gun to his head in a quarter of a second, he would hit the trigger. Kyle would have been dead.”
A jury on Friday found Rittenhouse, 18, innocent of all charges against him for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.
Rittenhouse had been charged with first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree ruthless murder, attempted first-degree premeditated murder and two counts of first-degree ruthless endangerment.
The defense team claimed that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he brought an AR-15 rifle to protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020.
Following the verdict on Friday, Trump praised Rittenhouse in a statement.
“Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse on his innocence on all charges,” Trump said. “It’s called being innocent – and by the way, if it’s not self-defense, then it’s nothing! ‘
Hannity shared a photo from the meeting showing Trump doing a thumbs up next to Rittenhouse.
The former president’s eldest son, Donald Trump Jr twittrade the photo and commented on “GOATs”, an acronym for “Greatest Of All Time”.