The Kyle Rittenhouse trial ended last week when a jury acquitted him of charges related to a shooting at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
This week, however, he shared his concern that the FBI will not protect him from threats being made by those who believe he should have been convicted.
“We all know how the FBI works”
Rittenhouse’s remarks came as part of an interview with Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson on Monday.
Progressive critics have been up in arms since jurors found him not guilty — including some who are allegedly calling for retaliation against the young man.
As some pundits have pointed out, the backlash has struck a similar tone to the public response to a ruling acquitting George Zimmerman of charges related to the death of Trayvon Martin.
Of course, bias and misinformation being spread by the mainstream media have given some on the left the perceived justification for such verbal attacks against Rittenhouse, prompting Carlson to ask his guest if he is “confident” that he will be protected from any potential threats.
“I hope so, but we all know how the FBI works,” Rittenhouse replied.
Federal government prompts criticism
He went on to assert that his family has relocated in response to the threats he has received.
As for his skepticism about the federal government, he is not alone. President Joe Biden attracted criticism for referring to Rittenhouse as a white supremacist and has thus far declined to apologize for his remarks.
For its part, the FBI has raised concerns of its own regarding the Rittenhouse case. Defense attorneys raised the possibility during the trial that federal agents withheld high-definition video footage from the protest that showed the defendant apparently acting in self-defense.
If those in charge at the FBI are seen as having a vested interest in seeing Rittenhouse convicted, it might make sense for him to voice distrust in the bureau’s ability or willingness to protect him now that he is free.
As it stands, Rittenhouse is clearly skeptical of those in the government ostensibly tasked with responding to such threats and believes that looking out for his own best interests is the best way to keep himself and those around him safe.