President Biden, during his 2020 presidential run, released an ad and posted a tweet in which he at least strongly implied that Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who defended himself from a mob of violent Antifa radicals in Kenosha and shot three (white) members of the mob attacking him, was a white supremacist. Here’s that tweet, which includes the video ad:
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. pic.twitter.com/Q3VZTW1vUV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
Of course, it’s ridiculous. Trump wasn’t a white supremacist, nor did he support such people.
But, beyond that, one of the implications that can be drawn from the ad is that Kyle Rittenhouse is a white supremacist, as it includes an image of him while Trump is asked for the millionth time to denounce white supremacists.
Well, fresh off his legal victory, Rittenhouse is vowing to hold all those who lied about him and called him a white supremacist or anything else liable for their libel.
In fact, speaking to Tucker Carlson, Rittenhouse said “Absolutely. We’re going to hold everybody who lied about me accountable, such as everybody who lied called me a white supremacist. They’re all going to be held accountable. And we’re going to handle them in a courtroom.”
That comment came after Tucker asked him “What about the people who called you a white supremacist? It makes it pretty hard to get a job for the rest of your life if you are a white supremacist.”
Well, as you can see from Biden’s tweet, he’s one of those people that falsely and maliciously portrayed the young man as a white supremacist. And now Kyle is saying he wants an apology. Watch him say so here:
RITTENHOUSE: “The President of the United States called me a ‘white supremacist.’ I tried reaching out to him five times to have an interview, but he was too cowardly to sit down and talk to me.”
— Newsmax (@newsmax) February 25, 2022
As you can hear in the video, Rittenhouse says “I tried reaching out to him five times to have an interview, but he was too cowardly to sit down and talk to me. So we may be sending him a letter.”
The reason for the message and letter? In Rittenhouse’s words:
“What he said was wrong. I want him to sit down with me, and I want him to learn the facts about what happened.”
Though not an open pledge that he’s going to sue the president, the threat is implied. Rittenhouse wants an apology and has good reason: as Tucker noted, it’s hard to get a job after the media and public figures have slandered you and labeled you a white supremacist. Only by proving their claims to be libelous lies can Rittenhouse clear his name, and that means getting Brandon to admit he was wrong.
The best option, Rittenhouse seems to have decided, is to demand an apology. That would be less contentious than a trial and lower the temperature surrounding the incident. Plus, Biden’s ad might not quite meet the legal standard for libel, so it’s probably the safer strategy.
But, if Biden refuses to apologize and recant, if he sticks by his claim that Rittenhouse is a white supremacist, then Kyle always has the option to sue, an option lurking in the background of his demand for an apology.
This story syndicated with permission from Will, Author at Trending Politics
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