Kyle Rittenhouse Tells Tucker Carlson He Backs BLM, Shooting Had 'Nothing to Do With Race'

Kyle Rittenhouse said that the Kenosha shooting had "nothing to do with race" and that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

"This case has nothing to do with race. It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense," he told Fox News' Tucker Carlson in an interview that will air on Monday evening during Tucker Carlson Tonight.

In a teaser clip from the interview that was shared by Fox News on Sunday, Rittenhouse said: "I'm not a racist person. I support the BLM movement."

"I support peacefully demonstrating," the teen added during his first TV appearance since his acquittal on Friday, when he was found not guilty of all five charges against him in his murder trial.

Rittenhouse spoke about the prosecution in his case.

"I believe there needs to be change. I believe there's a lot of prosecutorial misconduct, not just in my case but in other cases. It's just amazing to see how much a prosecutor can take advantage of someone," he said.

Fox News told Newsweek Friday that more of the Rittenhouse interview will be included in a Fox Nation documentary in December.

The network said that this documentary will include exclusive behind-the-scenes access to Rittenhouse and his defense team.

One of Rittenhouse's defense attorneys, Mark Richards, told CNN on Friday that he "didn't approve" of the Fox film crew and "threw [them] out of the room several times."

Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.

The now 18-year-old argued throughout the trial that he acted in self-defense, but prosecutors contended that the victims had initially approached him out of fear that he might be an active shooter.

The Friday verdict drew criticism from lawmakers and sparked protests in cities across the U.S.

Progressive Democrats slammed Rittenhouse's acquittal, including Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who called the U.S. justice system "broken."

"It protects white supremacy. The two people who were killed deserved justice and so did our communities who continue be targeted with violence like this," she said. "[The] painful verdict sends a horrifying message that bringing violence to a protest for racial justice is acceptable. It's incitement, not justice."

Kyle Rittenhouse Says he Backs BLM
Kyle Rittenhouse spoke with Fox News' Tucker Carlson about the Kenosha shooting, saying it had nothing to do with race and he supports the Black Lives Matter movement. Above, Rittenhouse is seen at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10 in Wisconsin. Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images