Kyle Rittenhouse interview update – Teen tells Tucker Carlson he 'defended himself' in Kenosha and discusses victims

KYLE Rittenhouse made his first TV appearance on Tucker Carlson tonight after being found not guilty in his high-profile murder trial last Friday.

Rittenhouse told Tucker Carlson that he "defended himself" in Kenosha and discussed his interaction with his victims.

The teen said: "My head was spinning from being hit in the head multiple times.

"I just didn't know I was going to be arrested for defending myself because everything else was on video.

"Part of the reason I think I was arrested was because of the mob mentality."

The teen broke down in tears on Friday as he was cleared of five criminal charges after a dramatic trial.

Rittenhouse was seen smiling in exclusive pictures published by The Sun as he left in a car minutes after the verdict was announced.

He was accused of murdering Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber as well as injuring Gaige Grosskreutz after shooting them during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer.

Read our Kyle Rittenhouse live blog below for the latest news & updates…

  • Danielle Cinone

    RITTENHOUSE 'DIDN'T SHOWER'

    Kyle Rittenhouse didn't shower from October 31 until November 20, he told Tucker Carlson.

    "I smelled terrible," he said, also revealing there was "no running water" in his jail cell.

    He said his "skin was bleeding" during his showers.

  • Danielle Cinone

    RITTENHOUSE 'DIDN'T KNOW IF HE WAS GOING TO BE ARRESTED'

    Rittenhouse said his "head was spinning from being hit in the head multiple times" and he "didn't know if he was going to be arrested for defending himself."

    "Part of the reason I think I was arrested was because of the mob mentality," he added.

    He also said he didn't know what he was being charged with during his August 25 arrest.

    Rittenhouse said his mom wanted him to "go into hiding" after the shooting.

    He also insisted he "knew that he didn't do anything wrong" and it was "100 percent self-defense from the beginning."

  • Danielle Cinone

    'BLM OPPORTUNISTS'

    Speaking on Tucker Carlson's show, Kyle Rittenhouse said seeing cars burning was, to him, "opportunists taking charge of the BLM movement."

    "I don't appreciate that people are burning down American cities to spread the message," he said.

  • Danielle Cinone

    RITTENHOUSE ON FINDING POLICE

    When Tucker Carlson asked Kyle Rittenhouse about when he made it to the police line, his response was:

    "Once I make it to the police cruiser, the cop says get back, get back. … I say I just had to shoot somebody and then they say go home."

    He added: "I don't think he knew what happened or heard me — there was a lot of chaos going on. Apparently, he pepper-sprayed me but I don't remember being pepper-sprayed.

    "I wanted to turn myself into police in Kenosha" but it wasn't possible, Rittenhouse explained, nothing that he went to the closest police department to Kenosha.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    TEEN MOM JENELLE EVANS CLAPS BACK AT FANS

    Jenelle Evans clapped back at fans after she was accused of supporting Kyle Rittenhouse’s verdict.

    He was found not guilty after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings.

    Shortly after the 18-year-old’s verdict was announced, Jenelle took to her Instagram Story to share a pink backdrop with the text: “Not guilty.”

    While she didn’t specify the post was related to Kyle’s case, many fans assumed she was referencing Friday’s verdict.

    One MTV fan posted a screenshot of the since-deleted post on Reddit, writing: “Jenelle deleted the ‘not guilty’ post, but here she is reminding us that she still has yet to learn when to quit.”

    Others agreed that the post was related to the verdict, as one person wrote: “I’m gonna go out on a limb here and say that we all know what her opinions are on the matter. We aren’t idiots.”

    While one Reddit user said Jenelle is “so stupid,” another chimed in: “This is why I don't have sympathy for her when she complains that the haters won't leave her alone.

  • Danielle Cinone

    RITTENHOUSE TALKS ABOUT 'GUY WHO DROPKICKED HIM'

    Kyle Rittenhouse told Tucker Carlson: "I did see him coming."

    He said he kept running to get to the police when Anthony Huber struck him with the skateboard.

    Rittenhouse explained: "He hit me in the back of the head, towards the neckline."

    After that Rittenhouse recounted thinking he would be killed when a gun was pointed at him.

    Speaking about the man who pointed a gun at him, he said: "He had it pointed directly at my head and that's when I fired a shot at him at one point.

    "I didn't realize I hit him until later."

  • Danielle Cinone

    POLICE 'DIDN'T GET NATIONAL SUPPORT'

    Kyle Rittenhouse didn't know where the police were during the riot and "didn't think they got the national support that they needed."

    He said the "governor failed the community and there should have been a lot more recourses to help with that."

  • Danielle Cinone

    RITTENHOUSE CALLED RIOTS 'UPSETTING'

    Tucker Carlson, who said Kyle Rittenhouse was "not a political person," asked Rittenhouse how he felt when he first heard of the riots.

    Rittenhouse told Carlson: "It was upsetting because Kenosha is my community and I just was upset seeing my community up in flames."

    "I see just spray paint, smoke coming from the cars that were burnt down," he said.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    PROTESTS FOLLOWING VERDICT (CONTINUED)

    Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said shortly after the verdict that officers were working on plans for Friday night and the weekend, KOIN reported.

    By about 8.50pm about 200 protesters had gathered in downtown Portland and blocked streets.

    By 9pm windows were broken and doors of city facilities were damaged. Police reported objects were being thrown at officers in the area.

    The police tweeted: "A crowd has gathered near SE 2nd Avenue and SE Madison Street and participants have begun breaking windows and damaging doors of city facilities in the area. People are throwing objects at police officers in the area."

    Portland saw ongoing, often violent protests after the murder of George Floyd last year by police in Minneapolis. Some activists complained that the police were heavy-handed in their response.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    PROTESTS FOLLOWING VERDICT

    Rampaging protesters broke windows and hurled objects at cops in Portland after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted. 

    The riots in the Oregon city broke out after news broke 18-year-old Rittenhouse, who shot dead two men during racial unrest last year in Wisconsin, was cleared by a court.

    The protest of about 200 people was declared a riot after protesters started smashing windows, throwing objects at police and threatening to burn down a courthouse, KOIN TV reported.

  • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

    WAS WAS KYLE RITTENHOUSE'S VERDICT?

    On November 19, 2021, Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges.

    Rittenhouse faced five criminal charges and claimed self-defense during the trial.

    Those charges include:

    • First-degree reckless homicide: A felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison
    • First-degree reckless endangering safety: A felony punishable by 12 1/2 years in prison
    • First-degree intentional homicide: Carries a mandatory life sentence
    • Attempted first-degree intentional homicide: Carries a maximum sentence of 60 years
    • First-degree recklessly endangering safety: A felony punishable by 12 1/2 years in prison

    He was also charge with possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 but that was later dropped by Judge Bruce Schroeder.

    CASE AGAINST JOE BIDEN

    Defamation Attorney Todd McMurtry reportedly argued that Kyle Rittenhouse may have a case against President Joe Biden.

    Biden made comments on the case last year.

    WHO IS PROSECUTOR THOMAS BINGER?

    Thomas Binger is the Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney.

    He ran unsuccessfully as a Democrat for District Attorney in Racine County in 2016, and told The Journal Times: “In the last two years as a prosecutor, I have won 13 jury trials. I have convicted murderers, rapists, child molesters, drug dealers, drunk drivers, home-invading burglars and men who abuse women.”

    Binger has had a number of clashes with Judge Bruce Schroeder in the run-up to Rittenhouse’s trial.

    He is married to Nicole Gustafson-Binger, a mental health counselor for Oakwood Clinical Associates.

    They have three children.  

    SNL WEEKEND UPDATE HOST, COLIN JOST WEIGHS IN ON MATT GAETZ COMMENT

    US Rep. Matt Gaetz offered Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional Internship. During a Weekend Update segment on Saturday Night Live, host Colin Jost joked about Gaetz's offer.

    TUCKER CARLSON INTERVIEW TONIGHT

    "It wasn't Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin. It was the right to self-defense on trial."

    • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

      'PROFESSIONAL ANARCHISTS' BLAMED FOR 'RIOTS'

      New York City Mayor-elect Eric Adams blamed 'professional' anarchists for vandalism in the wake of Kyle Rittenhouse's verdict.

      “They were all male, white, many of them are from outside the city or just recently moved here," Adams said Monday.

      "I think there is an anarchist group in this city that’s attempted to create violence in cities and make it seem like it’s our neighbors doing it when it’s not.

      “These are professionals that are coming into our city causing this violence.”

    • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

      RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE ON RITTENHOUSE

      Kyle Rittenhouse's verdict sparked anger from Rage Against the Machine.

      “What defines innocence in America?” the band wrote on Instagram.

      "Welcome to the Land of the Free, Home of the Brave."

    • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

      WHOOPI GOLDBERG ON RITTENHOUSE

      Actress Whoopi Goldberg slammed the verdict during an episode of The View on Monday.

      "So, even – even all the excuses in the world does not change the fact that three people got shot. Two people were murdered. To me it’s murder. I’m sorry," she said.

    • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

      RITTENHOUSE HOPING FOR 'NORMAL LIFE'

      A spokesperson for the family said that Rittenhouse is hoping to live "a normal life moving forward," after being involved in such a polarizing trial.

      "He can be an 18-year-old young man," Spokesperson David Hancock told Fox6.

      "He is studying pre-requisites at Arizona State University for nursing and he is going to continue that.

      "We’re going to do everything we can to make sure he can live a normal life moving forward."

    • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

      KYLE SPEAKS OUT (CONTINUED)

      "I am glad they reached the correct verdict," the teen told Fox News.

      "It's been a tough journey but we made it through. We made it through the hard part."

      Rittenhouse will sit down with Fox's Tucker Carlson for his first interview on Monday.

      A portion of the interview will air Monday, with the remainder available on Tucker Carlson Originals.

      In a preview of the interview, Rittenhouse said he has dreams every night about the night of the fatal shooting, thinking about how he could have died himself.

      On Friday, Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings.

    • Cheyenne R. Ubiera

      KYLE SPEAKS OUT

      Kyle Rittenhouse broke his silence, saying "self-defense is not illegal," for the first time after he was found not guilty on all counts for fatally shooting two people in Kenosha.

      A jury found Rittenson, 18, not guilty on all charges for firing his weapon during protests in Wisconsin over the summer, killing two men and injuring another.

    • Jennifer Korn

      KYLE’S LAWYER CRITICIZES GOP, CONTINUED

      Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards also spoke out against a recent tweet by Donald Trump Jr.

      Donald Trump Jr. said in a since deleted tweet:

      “Gun Owners of America is sending Kyle Rittenhouse an AR-15. Sign the card in support of Kyle. Americans have a fundamental right to defend themselves and to keep and bear arms. The verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial is a recognition of those rights.”

      In response to the tweet, Richards told Insider, “He’s an idiot. I don’t have to expand on that because it speaks for itself.”

    • Jennifer Korn

      KYLE’S LAWYER SAYS GOP LAWMAKERS ‘TRYING TO PROFIT’ ON HIS ACQUITALL

      “There’s a lot of people trying to profit on this, and I don’t think people should,” said Mark Richards, who represented Kyle Rittenhouse in his Kenosha homicide trial.

      The defense attorney called the alleged actions “disgusting.”

      “They’re raising money on it and you have all these Republican congressmen saying come work for me,” Richards told Insider.

      “They want to trade on his celebrity and I think it’s disgusting.”

    • Jennifer Korn

      POST-RITTENHOUSE 'RIOT' IN PORTLAND, OREGON

      In footage shared to Twitter, authorities are heard urging people in the area to leave, reportedly from a protest.

      "A riot has been declared in Portland, OR during a protest in response to the Kyle Rittenhouse trial verdict," the tweet read.

    • Jennifer Korn

      PORTLAND PROTESTS

      Protesters broke windows and hurled objects at cops in Portland after Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted. 

      The riots in the Oregon city broke out after 18-year-old Rittenhouse was ruled "not guilty" by a court.

      The protest of about 200 people was declared a riot after protesters started smashing windows, throwing objects at police and threatening to burn down a courthouse, KOIN TV reported.

      Portland Police Bureau Chief Chuck Lovell said shortly after the verdict that officers were working on plans for Friday night and the weekend, KOIN reported.

      By about 8.50pm about 200 protesters had gathered in downtown Portland and blocked streets.

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