Estimated reading time: 3 minutes
Rittenhouse, who claimed self-defense in the incident where he was charged with the murder of two ex-cons (one a convicted child molester, the other a convicted domestic abuser), was acquitted, a decision that has since been a subject of debate, especially on the Left.
During the interview, Piers Morgan probed deeply into Rittenhouse’s emotional state post-trial.
Morgan asked, “You killed two people and you wounded a third. How do you feel about that?”
Rittenhouse responded, “They attacked me, they left me with no choice… It’s not an easy thing to do but I did what I had to do to stay alive.”
Morgan continued to press on Rittenhouse’s personal feelings, especially considering his young age (17) at the time of the incident.
When asked about the impact of having taken two lives, Rittenhouse replied, “It’s something I deal with every day… It’s not easy to deal with. I have to deal with the PTSD and the trauma from having to do that.”
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Rittenhouse also addressed the publication of his new book, “Acquitted.” When questioned about the ethics of potentially profiting from a tragic event, he clarified his intention.
“I’m not writing the book to make money. I’m writing the book to tell the story of what happened,” Rittenhouse said.
“I’m trying to change the narrative that media keeps putting out there that I’m some type of white supremacist racist person when that’s just not true,” he continued. “I’m a 20-year-old kid who was put in a situation where I was forced to defend myself, and I’m writing to put that into a book.
Piers then asked, “How do you feel that you became a hero to many on the far right and kind of made you their poster boy?”
“Well, Piers, I’m not a hero. I did what I had to do to defend myself. There are countless Americans every day that defend themselves, and it and it’s not a heroic thing to do. It doesn’t make you a villain, but it doesn’t make you a hero,” said Kyle.
“It’s doing the right thing to stay alive. If I didn’t defend myself, I wouldn’t be here talking today,” he added.
The interview sheds light on Rittenhouse’s perspective on the events that have significantly impacted his life. His responses provide insight into his emotional journey and his views on the broader implications of his case in the context of American gun rights and self-defense laws.
It’s worth checking out (see embedded video above). The young man did an excellent job. You can pick up a copy of his book at RittenhouseBook.com.