Kyle Rittenhouse — just days after a jury agreed that he acted in self defense when he fatally shot two attackers and wounded a third amid rioting last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin — told Fox News' Tucker Carlson that Thomas Binger, the lead prosector in his trial, is "corrupt," told lies in court, and wanted nothing more than to have Rittenhouse's figurative head as a trophy.
What are the details?
In one segment of Carlson's wide-ranging interview with the 18-year-old, the host asked Rittenhouse what he thought of the prosecuting attorneys.
Rittenhouse tore into his courtroom adversaries, telling Carlson that "prosecutorial misconduct" reached "ridiculous" levels with each passing day — a sentiment that Bruce Schroeder, the judge presiding over the case, seemed to share at certain points.
"They knew I was innocent, but they still decided to bring these charges to make their name — to have a name," Rittenhouse said. "They wanted my head on their shelf."
And then Carlson asked Rittenhouse specifically about Binger, the assistant district attorney in Kenosha County who was the lead counsel against him.
With that, Rittenhouse left no doubt about his sentiments, saying Binger is a "corrupt person who just wants to make a name for himself and not look at the facts."
"I used to be a fan of the prosecutors — not any more," Rittenhouse continued. "I believe there are still good prosecuting attorneys out there. But [Binger is] supposed to speak the truth and nothing but the truth, but he decided he wanted to lie and try to put me in prison for the rest of my life for defending myself."
He added that it all was "sickening" to him.
"This is a case that has nothing to do with politics — but politics were brought into it for people's own agenda," Rittenhouse added to Carlson.
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It's hard to argue with Rittenhouse's disgust regarding the prosecution's behavior:
- Binger strongly implied in his opening statement that Rittenhouse chased down and shot an unarmed Joseph Rosenbaum in the back — despite video evidence that was easily viewable just days after the August 2020 shooting that showed Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse.
- Later Schroeder blasted Binger for committing a "grave constitutional violation" in cross-examining Rittenhouse over his right to remain silent as well as for other shady lines of questioning. At one point Schroeder hollered at Binger, "Don't get brazen with me!"
- In another head-scratcher, Binger argued that Rittenhouse gave up his right to self-defense when he chose to bring a gun to the Black Lives Matter riots.
- Binger also referred to the Kenosha rioters as a "crowd of heroes" while describing Rittenhouse as an "active shooter" — and to top it off, Binger pointed an AR-15 rifle at the jury. Dana Loesch, former spokeswoman of the National Rifle Association, ripped Binger up and down as a "clown show" lawyer for that stunt.
- It was also alleged that the prosecution withheld critical video evidence from the defense as the trial wound down — a point that Rittenhouse details in his interview with Carlson.
- Even Jonathan Turley — a professor at George Washington University Law School and self-described "liberal" — published an essay taking to task the prosecution for its "crash and burn" as well as for the media's biased coverage.