“I’m not a racist person,” Rittenhouse told Carlson in a short clip promoting the full interview airing Monday. “I support the BLM movement. I support peacefully demonstrating.” He said the case had “nothing to do with race.”
The day of the shootings, Rittenhouse traveled from his home in Illinois with an AR-15-style rifle to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where protests had erupted against the police shooting of local Black resident Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse claimed in court that he traveled to the city to protect local businesses, though business owners testified that no one had invited him to guard property. His attorneys argued that he fired when he felt threatened by the men he killed.