Kyle Rittenhouse says he was an Andrew Yang fan and now wants to avoid politics

  • Rittenhouse told Fox News he was a Andrew Yang supporter before the furore over the Kenosha shooting.
  • He said he was then attracted to Trump’s policies.
  • Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts in his murder case last week.

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Kyle Rittenhouse said he used to be a fan of former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, but that he is “trying to stay out of politics” now that his trial is over.

Rittenhouse was acquitted last week of all charges in his murder case on Friday. He was charged with fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August last year.

Since the shooting, Rittenhouse has become a bit of a right-wing hero, and was pictured in January with a hand sign associated with white supremacy. After his acquittal, he posed for pictures with former President Donald Trump, who called him a “really good young guy”.

But in an extensive interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson released Wednesday, Rittenhouse said he used to be a Yang fan.

“I’m going to get a lot of hate for this, but I was a pretty big Andrew Yang supporter before all this,” he told Carlson.

“Were you really?” said Carlson. “You were part of the Yang Gang?”

“I was part of the Yang gang,” Rittenhouse said, adding that Yang was “a good guy.”

Representatives of Yang did not immediately respond to Insider’s request for comment.

IN a separate interview with NewsNation Now, which aired Wednesday, Rittenhouse said he had no idea the “OK” hand gesture he flashed in January was associated with white supremacy. He also said he did not know the men he posed with were related to the proud boys.

Rittenhouse has previously accused President Joe Biden of slandering him by suggesting he was a white supremacy. in a tweet last year.

In his interview with Carlson, Rittenhouse went on to say that he was then attracted to Trump because of his attitude toward police work.

“I was not really into politics. I did not know much about Trump. I did not know much about Biden. I went to a Trump meeting because Trump supports the police. He is a businessman. That was what I liked about Trump. “I did not know much about politics. I was just a 17-year-old child,” he said.

“But you liked Andrew Yang,” Carlson said.

“I liked Andrew Yang. I liked his politics a little bit,” Rittenhouse said.

Rittenhouse then said he had “tried to stay out of politics” since his trial ended.

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