Wendy Rittenhouse, Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother, appeared on Fox News’ Hannity to discuss the ongoing trial Thursday night, where she shared her complaints about President Joe Biden.
During the election season in September 2020, Joe Biden shared a tweet online that read, “there’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States,” who was Donald Trump, at the time, “refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.”
In the video clip associated with the Tweet, protest scenes of the police murder of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wi., flashed alongside bits from Donald Trump’s comments at the presidential debate. Photos of Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, holding an AR-15 rifle were also included.
“When I saw that, I was shocked, I was angry,” Wendy Rittenhouse told Sean Hannity during an interview Thursday night. “President Biden don’t know my son whatsoever, and he’s not a white supremacist. He’s not a racist.”
“[Biden] did that for the votes,” Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother continued. “And I was so angry for a while at him and what he did to my son… he defamed him.”
Rittenhouse is currently on trial for the murder of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. He was also charged with attempted homicide on a third victim, wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, illegal possession of a firearm under the age of 18, and reckless endangerment. The shooting took place during the protests in Kenosha.
Prosecutors argue that the teenager went out that night wielding his semi-automatic rifle with intention to cause violence, while Rittenhouse’s lawyers claim that he acted in self-defense.
Describing recordings of the incident shown at the trial, Wendy Rittenhouse said that what she saw was, “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. His mom also shared the opinion that her son was there to “protect stores” during the protest, and that he “would probably do it again.”
At the courthouse, Wendy Rittenhouse could be seen being consoled by Jo-Ellan Dimitrius, O.J. Simpson’s former jury consultant. She has reportedly been working with the Rittenhouse family on the trial, and the defense in picking the jury.
Sean Hannity also asked Kyle Rittenhouse’s mom if she felt that the judge presiding over her son’s trial was fair. 75-year-old Judge Bruce Schroeder garnered a lot of attention for controversial comments he made about the victims before the trial, as well as screaming matches reported between him and the prosecuting attorney for Rittenhouse.
“The judge is very fair,” Wendy Rittenhouse said. “The people that I talked to that lived in Kenosha all their lives. They told me that Judge Schroeder is a very fair judge, and he doesn’t allow no nonsense in his courtroom.”
Judge Bruce Schroeder yelled at District Attorney Thomas Binger on Wednesday when he questioned Kyle Rittenhouse’s decision to remain silent under the 5th Amendment after the shooting. He called it “a very grave constitutional violation for you to talk about the defendant’s silence,” and sent everyone out of the room to reprimand him.
“You’re an experienced trial lawyer, and this should not have been gone into,” he said. “That’s basic law. It’s been basic law in this country for 40 or 50 years.”
When the prosecution later tried to call for a mistrial due to a double-standard when the defense violated a judge’s order, Schroeder said that he “was talking yesterday about the Constitution of the United States and how the Supreme Court has interpreted it for 50 years. That’s not what we are talking about here today.”
The prosecuting attorney maintained his belief that there was “a fundamental fairness issue” in the courtroom.
Before the trial started, Judge Bruce Schroeder said that due to the nature of the case, the three people harmed in the shooting could not be referred to as “victims” during the trial, but that “rioters” or “looters” would be acceptable, if they could provide evidence to either claim.
The defense rested its case Thursday after a speedy but tense court battle. Closing remarks are expected to be heard on Monday.