Former President Donald Trump (left) had Kyle Rittenhouse (right) at his Mar-a-Lago home after the teenager’s not-guilty verdict (Pictures: Getty Images)
Former President Donald Trump has revealed that he met with teenage Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse after his not guilty verdict – and called him a ‘really a 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 little while ago, and he should never have been put through that’.
Trump said ‘that was prosecutorial misconduct, and it’s happening all over the United States right now with the Democrats’.
“[Rittenhouse] should not have had to suffer through a trial for that,’ Trump said. ‘He was going to be dead if he didn’t pull that trigger, that guy that put the gun to his head in one-quarter of a second, he was going to pull the trigger. Kyle would have been dead.’
A jury on Friday found Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty of all charges against him for shooting and killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.
Rittenhouse had faced charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
The defense team argued that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when he brought an AR-15-style rifle to protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020.
After the verdict on Friday, Trump lauded Rittenhouse in a statement.
‘Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found innocent of all charges,’ Trump stated. ‘It’s called being found not guilty – and by the way, if that’s not self-defense, nothing is!’
Hannity shared a photo from the meeting showing Trump making a thumbs-up gesture next to Rittenhouse.
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