Former President Donald Trump on Tuesday revealed that he met with Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who was acquitted last week on all charges after fatally shooting two people during last year’s protests in Kenosha, “a little while ago” and praised the 18-year-old who has emerged as a hero among conservative circles.
In an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity on Tuesday night, Trump said he met with the 18-year-old and his mother at Mar-a-Lago after Rittenhouse “called and wanted to know if he could come over and say hello.”
The former president told Hannity that the teenager was a “fan” of Trump and a “nice young man.”
Trump then joined other leading conservatives in defending Rittenhouse’s actions and criticizing his trial by claiming he faced “prosecutorial misconduct” and should not have “had to suffer” through a trial.
During the interview, Fox News showed a picture of the teenager posing with Trump in his Florida resort.
Trump’s interview with Hannity comes just a day after Rittenhouse appeared on the network on Tucker Carlson’s show. In his interview with Carlson, Rittenhouse accused President Joe Biden of malice and defamation. The 18-year-old said he took issue with a 2020 tweet from Biden which included a photo of Rittenhouse and urged then-President Donald Trump to “disavow white supremacists.” The teenager insisted his case has nothing to do with politics or race and noted that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement and the right to “peaceful protest.” Last week, a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on five charges of homicide and recklessly endangering safety following three days of deliberations. Rittenhouse’s attorneys argued their client acted in self-defense, fatally shooting two people and injuring a third because they fought him or reached for his gun. The 18-year-old’s high profile trial has made him a hero in conservative circles who back his self-defense claims.