In a Wednesday interview, Glenn Beck asked 18-year-old Rittenhouse whether President Joe Biden ever called him to apologize.
‘He hasn’t, and I would like to sit down with the president and have a conversation with him and tell him the facts of what happened,’ Rittenhouse told the host matter-of-factly.
‘Um, I don’t expect that to happen, but it would be right for him to do it,’ Beck replied.
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‘I would like to sit down with the President and have a conversation with him and tell him the facts of what happened,’ said Kyle Rittenhouse in a Wednesday interview with Glenn Beck when he was asked whether Joe Biden had called him to apologize for calling him a ‘white supremacist’
Glenn Beck (pictured left) replied that, although he didn’t ‘expect that to happen,’ it ‘would be right’ for the President to sit down and talk with Rittenhouse
In a Wednesday interview, Glen Beck asked 18-year-old Rittenhouse whether President Joe Biden ever called him to apologize
Rittenhouse killed two men and wounded a third during confrontations amid anti-police protests in Kenosha last August, and testified that he acted in self-defense.
On November 20, the 18-year-old was found not guilty of first-degree intentional homicide and other charges, and walked out of court a free man.
Two months before Biden was elected president, he criticized then-President Trump for refusing to condemn people who are against the Black Lives Matter riots as ‘white supremacists.’
The tweet from the then-candidate included an image of Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shooting.
‘There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night,’ Biden tweeted in September 2020.
Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum (left), 36, with an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle after Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse across a parking lot and threw a plastic bag at him shortly before midnight on August 25, 2020. Moments later, as Rittenhouse was running down a street, he shot and killed Anthony Huber (right), 26, a protester from Silver Lake, Wisconsin
After a jury determined that Rittenhouse did not act with ‘utter disregard for human life’ when he shot the two protesters, Biden delicately weighed in on the verdict – but walk back on his pre-election Tweet.
‘While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.
‘I urge everyone to express their views peacefully, consistent with the rule of law. Violence and destruction of property have no place in our democracy.’
In interviews since the verdict, Rittenhouse has vehemently denied claims that race played a role in his actions on August 25.
‘I’m not a racist person, I support the BLM movement and peacefully demonstrating,’ the teen said in an interview with FOX anchor Tucker Carlson.
Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed in tears as the jury in his double murder trial acquitted him of all charges after four torturous days of deliberation and weeks of testimony
Kyle Rittenhouse is pictured tearfully describing the events that led to the August 25 shooting in court
Since the teen was acquitted, many have called on the President to revisit his earlier characterization of the teen.
Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards, said he was dismayed by Biden’s depiction of Rittenhouse as a white supremacist.
‘I’ve never had a case, I don’t think I ever will, where within two days or three days of one another, you know, the President and the presidential candidate comment on it. And both of them had such different beliefs,’ Richards said.
‘President Biden said some things, I think are so incorrect and untrue — he is not a white supremacist. I’m glad that he at least respects the jury verdict.’
Tom Cotton, the Republican senator for Arkansas, tweeted: ‘Joe Biden needs to publicly apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse.’
Ronna McDaniel, chair of the Republican party, said: ‘Before he knew the facts, Biden prejudged the Rittenhouse case. He smeared a teenager to score political points and spread lies about this case. What Biden did was dangerous and inflammatory.
‘Biden needs to apologize and ACT NOW before the left uses his lies to fuel violence.’
Donald Trump’s PAC, Save America, sent an email soliciting funds for his campaign coffers and stating: ‘GREAT NEWS FOR KYLE RITTENHOUSE, who we knew was innocent all along.
‘This trial was nothing more than a WITCH HUNT from the Radical Left. They want to PUNISH law-abiding citizens, including a CHILD, like Kyle Rittenhouse, for doing nothing more than following the LAW.’
Dan Bishop, a congressman representing North Carolina, said: ‘Don’t forget, Biden labeled a 17-year old Rittenhouse a “white supremacist.” Beyond shameful.’
Marjorie Taylor Greene, a congresswoman representing Georgia, said that Rittenhouse was ‘one of the good guys’.
She attacked Biden for saying he was concerned at the verdict, warned that he was inciting violence, and angrily singled out fellow members of Congress who had condemned Rittenhouse’s actions.
‘Kyle Rittenhouse ACQUITTED on ALL charges! May Kyle and his family now live in peace. Those who help, protect, and defend are the good guys. Kyle is one of good ones.
‘@JoeBiden is angry & concerned that the jury found Kyle Rittenhouse NOT GUILTY after being shown mountains of evidence proving his innocence.
‘Biden calling for “peaceful protest” now against the verdict. We all know what it means when the left calls for“peaceful” protest..
And Lauren Boebert, the Colorado congresswoman who has made defense of the Second Amendment a pillar of her policies, tweeted: ‘Today is a great day for the Second Amendment and the right to self-defense. Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty on all counts! Glory to God!’
On November 16, days before Rittenhouse was found not guilty, Jen Psaki refused to explain why the then-candidate made the comment.
‘What I’m not going to speak to right now is anything about an ongoing trial nor the president’s past comments,’ Psaki said, even though the president commented on the situation before it was litigated.
‘What I can reiterate for you is the president’s view that we shouldn’t have, broadly speaking, vigilantes patrolling our communities with assault weapons,’ the White House press secretary said during her daily briefing. ‘We shouldn’t have opportunists corrupting peaceful protests by rioting and burning down the communities they claim to represent – anywhere in the country.’