Wendy Rittenhouse, the mother of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, is angry at President Biden for categorizing her son white supremacist without knowing the full story behind the 2020 Kenosha shooting incident.
“When I saw that I was shocked, I was angry,” Mrs. Rittenhouse told Fox News on Thursday, Nov. 11. “President Biden don’t [sic] know my son whatsoever, and he’s not a White supremacist. He’s not a racist. And [Biden] did that for the votes. And I was so angry for a while at him and what he did to my son, he defamed him.”
In September last year, the then U.S. presidential candidate Joe Biden posted a video condemning Donald Trump for refusing to disavow white supremacists and militia groups, the footage contained a picture of Rittenhouse carrying an AR-15.
The teenager is on trial over the death of two citizens Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and for injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, with the deadly weapon. He was in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25, 2020, as the area was struggling with civil unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, per Fox News.
During the hourslong testimony on Wednesday, Rittenhouse broke down in tears as he recalled the events that issued the tragic bloodshed. The teenager said he opened fire in self-defense.
“I went down there to provide first aid,” Rittenhouse said of why he would travel to Kenosha, according to ABC News. “I didn’t intend to kill them. I intended to stop the people who were attacking me.”
Mrs. Rittenhouse told Fox News she saw the record of the incident at the trial, she knew her son was telling the truth.
“I see this man trying to kick my son in the face …. When I look at the video with that guy pointing a gun to my son’s head, I thought: he was going to die,” she said.
Rittenhouse was charged with two counts of homicide for killing the two men, one count for having a lethal weapon being underage, and several others of reckless endangerment. In total, he discharged the AR-15 eight times.
The teenager received the firearm from a friend, Dominick Black, as he arrived in Kenosha. According to a criminal complaint, Black was given two charges of deliberately supplying a dangerous weapon to a person under the age of 18, resulting in death.
The court heard evidence for the final time on Thursday, after eight days of hearings in which 31 witnesses from both sides took the stand. Closing arguments are set to be presented Monday.