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Trump says Kyle Rittenhouse visited him in Mar-a-Lago after trial

“I just left Mar-a-Lago a short time ago and he never should have suffered this. It was malpractice, and it’s happening right across the United States with the Democrats.”

Trump’s hour-long interview followed Tucker Carlson’s Monday night interview with Rittenhouse after the trial.

A Wisconsin jury acquitted Rittenhouse last week. In August 2020, the teenager was armed with an AR-type semi-automatic rifle and argued that he was acting in self-defense and was in town to protect his property and provide medical assistance to the middle unrest in Kenosha. The protests were sparked by the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white policeman.

During his trial, Rittenhouse said he shot for protection after being attacked and feared for his life.

The case was a political lightning rod amid the 2020 presidential race and months of protests against police brutality and racial injustice following the murder of George Floyd by then-Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvinist.

The politicization of the Rittenhouse trial continued with the right-wing lionization of the 18-year-old. Legal defense funds have been created in his name, and memes have portrayed Rittenhouse as a hero on social media. Republican members of Congress have said they will provide an internship for Rittenhouse and Trump has raised money for his acquittal. The left portrayed him as a symbol of the rampaging gun self-defense.

Rittenhouse repeatedly said in Monday’s interview that his trial was not about politics.

“No matter your opinion or your position, it wasn’t a political affair, it shouldn’t have been a political affair, it was a political affair,” he told Carlson. “It has nothing to do with race and the way people distort it is sickening.”

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