According to a photo released by Trump’s spokesman, former President Donald Trump met with Kyle Rittenhouse at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida.
Last week, Rittenhouse was cleared of all charges of killing two men in self-defense and injuring another in violent riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington released a photo of the former president showing Rittenhouse showing a thumbs up in front of photographs from Trump’s presidency.
– Liz Harrington (@realLizUSA) November 24, 2021
“He’s a really nice young guy … just left Mar-a-Lago recently and should never have gone through that. It was prosecutorial misconduct and right now it is happening across the United States with Democrats, ”Trump told Fox News on November 23, the day before Harrington posted the photo on Twitter.
“[Rittenhouse] did not have to suffer because of this through the test. He would have been dead if he hadn’t pulled the trigger, the guy who put the gun to his head in a quarter of a second, he was going to pull the trigger. Kyle would be dead. “
Rittenhouse told “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday that he was “grossly maligned” after the shooting. Rittenhouse added that due to constant death threats, he needed to have a guard.
“I was an innocent 17-year-old who was brutally attacked and defended myself,” Rittenhouse told Carlson. “I don’t think I can go out and get a job and I don’t have to face harassment.”
During and after the trial, widespread misinformation about what happened on the night of the shooting was spread. The lies included allegations that Rittenhouse had shot three black men, crossed state lines with a pistol, and was holding an AK-47.
In a video posted during his campaign, Joe Biden described Rittenhouse as a white supremacist. All the people Rittenhouse shot were white. White House spokesman Jen Psaki did not say Wednesday if Biden was planning to apologize for the statement.
Rittenhouse said this week that the white supremacist was an example of “real malice,” and suggested he might sue Biden for libel.
Shortly after the sentencing, Biden said in a statement that he recognized the jury’s decision and urged people who disagree with the decision to peacefully express their point of view. Following the acquittal on Friday last week, a small protest followed on Sunday.
Zachary Stieber contributed to this report.