Kyle Rittenhouse accuses Biden of 'defamation': Is this first step in mega lawsuit?

Kyle Rittenhouse has slammed Joe Biden for 'defaming' his character by tweeting out a video suggesting the teen is a white supremacist


                            Kyle Rittenhouse accuses Biden of 'defamation': Is this first step in mega lawsuit?
Rittenhouse has also slammed Biden over his post-verdict prepared statement (Photo by Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images and Wikimedia)

Kyle Rittenhouse has slammed Joe Biden for 'defaming' his character 'maliciously' by tweeting out a video suggesting the teen is a white supremacist. “It’s actual malice, defaming my character for him to say something like that,” Rittenhouse told Fox News in an interview while responding to a question from the organization's Tucker Carlson about how the President's comments made him feel. Rittenhouse was recently acquitted of all charges in his highly-publicized murder trial.

While Joe Biden was a presidential candidate in September 2020, he had said in a tweet that "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." He referred to the then-president Donald Trump in his tweet, regarding a question Fox News host Chris Wallace had asked Trump during a presidential debate about whether or not he was willing “to condemn white supremacists and militia groups” amid unrest in Kenosha and other American cities. 

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In his recent interview with Fox News, Rittenhouse also slammed Biden over his post-verdict prepared statement. Biden had stated that he was “angry and concerned” over the outcome of the trial. “Mr. President, if I could say one thing to you, I would urge you to go back and watch the trial and understand the facts before you make a statement,” Rittenhouse said.

Kyle Rittenhouse was accused of killing two men and wounding a third during the Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Jacob S Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot and seriously injured by police officer Rusten Sheskey on October 23, 2020, triggering widespread protests. Support for Rittenhouse has been strong, with people even selling merchandise to help him fund his legal fight. He's also been widely criticized after he was caught wearing a 'Free as f**k' shirt after being released on bail. In many ways, Rittenhouse has become the poster boy for America's divisive politics, which has only gotten more fire since his trial and subsequent acquittal.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty by the jury at the Kenosha County Court in Wisconsin. The teenager, whose trial almost divided the nation into two warring fronts in the past few weeks, was acquitted of all charges after days of deliberation. He pleaded self-defense in the 2020 Kenosha shootings, the incident that sparked a global debate on gun control, racial injustice, and the culture of vigilantism in the USA.