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In retrospect, it is remarkable how dishonest, how thoroughly and deliberately dishonest the media coverage of Kyle Rittenhouse’s story is. It was all a lie. Rittenhouse was not a white supremacist. He was never in the militia. He never crossed the borders of the state with a gun. The protest in Kenosha was not peaceful. It was a riot, chaotic and violent. By the way, many rioters 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.

Kyle Rittenhouse reckons Kenosha riots, reacts to media portrayal of trial in first interview since acquittal

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On August 25 of the previous summer, Rittenhouse went to town to guard a car lot. Here’s the context: The night before, police in Kenosha did nothing as a mob torched businesses, including another car. So the business owner needed the help of Kyle Rittenhouse. He was looking to a 17-year-old for help, if that gives you an idea of ​​how bad things were. And he asked for it. As Rittenhouse stood there, rioters threatened his life. Then they tried to kill him. In the end, Rittenhouse shot the three attackers as he tried to escape to the safety of the police. Several media outlets claimed that the men who shot Rittenhouse were Black. Actually, all three were white and all three had serious criminal records. We could go on. Again, the media coverage was a tapestry of lies from start to finish. If you watched the test last week, you know that.

But what about Kyle Rittenhouse himself, other than his testimony in court, how is he? Few Americans have ever heard his voice. Over the next hour, we’ll let Kyle Rittenhouse speak for himself. You can make up your own mind what you think.

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But before we start an observation you can’t resist making, it’s hard to ignore the yawning class divide between Kyle Rittenhouse and his many critics in the media. Rittenhouse comes from the least privileged segment of our society. During high school, he worked as a janitor and a fry cook to support his family. Last year, he entered college at Arizona State, and he is very proud of it. In the world Kyle Rittenhouse grew up in, it’s not like kids go to college. It’s not even close.

Kyle Rittenhouse: God has been by my side

During our lengthy conversation, Kyle Rittenhouse struck us as bright, decent, honest, dutiful and hardworking, exactly the kind of person you want more in your country. He is not particularly political. He never wanted to be a symbol of anything. Kyle Rittenhouse wanted to stop violent lunatics from setting cars on fire. He grew up in America. He was considered virtuous. So if Rittenhouse seems a little nervous at points during our interview, thinking about the past year and what happened to it. Many things about this country that he believed to be true were not true at all. So in this way, he speaks for many of us.

This article is adapted from Tucker Carlson’s opening remarks on the November 22, 2021 edition of “Tucker Carlson Tonight.”