“He called. He wanted to know if he could come, say hello, because he’s a fan,” Trump said in an interview with Fox News’ Sean Hannity that aired Tuesday night. .
Trump said Rittenhouse, 18, left Mar-a-Lago “a little while ago,” and Hannity previously said that his interview with Trump took place on Monday. During the interview, Fox showed a photo of Rittenhouse with Trump.
“He came to his mother. Really a good young man. … It was misconduct by the prosecution. He should not have had to stand a trial for that. He will die. “, said the former President.
A 12-member jury deliberating for more than 25 hours in the closely watched case, finally acquitted Rittenhouse on Friday of first-degree murder and four other counts in a judgment cannot be appealed.
The politicization of the case comes amid an already tense political environment ahead of the 2022 election and even the 2024 presidential race.
Trump, who appears to be gearing up for another run for the White House, has hailed Rittenhouse as a “poster boy” for the right to self-defense.
“Look, I stand by what the jury concluded,” he said. “The jury system works, and we have to follow it.” In a statement later that same day, Biden acknowledged that the ruling “will make many Americans feel angry and concerned, including me,” but reiterated that “the jury has spoken.”