Kyle Rittenhouse regrets going to Kenosha -- and recoils when right-wing host 'congratulates' him for killing protesters
Kyle Rittenhouse pushed back when a right-wing podcaster "congratulated" him for killing two Black Lives Matter marchers.
The recently acquitted 18-year-old Rittenhouse appeared Monday night on the "You Are Here" podcast hosted on the Blaze network, and co-host Sydney Watson said it was "kind of impressive" that he had "killed probably two of the worst on the planet," reported the Washington Post.
“Congratulations,” Watson said. “Good job, you.”
Rittenhouse, who was 17 when he fatally shot 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber, said the killings were “nothing to be congratulated about.”
“Like, if I could go back, I wish I would never have had to take somebody’s life,” Rittenhouse said.
Watson, who later insisted that she didn't condone killing people, asked if Rittenhouse regretted that he left his home in Illinois to travel to the protest about a half hour away in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“Well, hindsight being 20/20, probably not the best idea to go down there,” Rittenhouse said. “Can’t change that. But I defended myself and that’s what happened.”
Rittenhouse told Watson that he didn't like being called a hero for his actions, which he argued were in self defense, and said he did not plan to sell the gun he used and would instead have it destroyed.
“We’re just having it destroyed,” Rittenhouse said. “I think that’s the best thing, and that’s what I want to do with it.”
Trumpworld oligarch busted in the biggest sanctions-evasion scheme in US history is still living a ‘playboy lifestyle’ in Miami
A bombshell new investigation by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project, Law&Crime and the Miami Herald revealed how a notorious figure is living a life of luxury in Florida while under protection of U.S. authorities.
"Facing 130 years in prison, infamous Turkish-Iranian money launderer Reza Zarrab took a plea deal in 2017 agreeing to testify in U.S. courts. Federal officials have since kept him out of the spotlight, while allowing him to lead a government-sanctioned life of luxury under a false identity in Miami," the Herald reported.
The investigation "found that Zarrab remains connected to his former criminal network and has received multiple unusual wire transfers from Turkey. Using fake identities, he’s invested in thoroughbred horses and a palatial equestrian facility, entering an industry rife with fraud and money laundering. U.S. officials declined to comment when asked if they have concerns about his activities or if he’s surrendered a dime of his fortune."
Zarrab has links to both Rudy Giuliani and Mike Flynn.
"Dubbed the 'The Turkish Gatsby' by media there for his playboy lifestyle, Zarrab ran a vast money-laundering operation that channeled funds to Iran in violation of U.S. sanctions against the Persian Gulf country. U.S. prosecutors offered a conservative estimate that his network moved at least $20 billion from 2010 to 2015 alone. Zarrab pleaded guilty to various charges related to fraud and money laundering," the newspaper reported.
"Senate Finance Committee Chair Ron Wyden (D-OR) was troubled by the report.
“I’ve long been concerned with how the Justice Department handled this case, and the appearance of political interference on behalf of Turkey influencing the department’s decision-making,’’ Wyden said. “This was the largest sanctions-evasion scheme in U.S. history, and the possibility that the U.S. financial system is being used to facilitate improper transactions for Reza Zarrab and other co-conspirators implicated in the scheme deserves the immediate attention of U.S. officials.”
Read the full report.
The day that Ivanka Trump came up with the idea for her father to stage a walk to St. John's Church and hold up a Bible, the president was agitated that the streets hadn't already been cleared.
Writing in his new book, Mark Meadows explained that President Donald Trump had ordered that Black Lives Matter protesters be cleared out of the streets.
"Upstairs in the Residence, President Trump was growing anxious," the book describes. "He had given an order for the park to be cleared, and it was not being followed. The various law enforcement agencies that were supposed to be under the command of Bill Barr were clearly not communicating with one another, and it did not seem that a single arrest had yet been made."
Lafayette Park, just north of the White House, doesn't feature a statue of General Marquis de Lafayette, who helped America during the Revolutionary War and the U.S. fight for independence with French allies. It actually features a statue of former President Andrew Jackson, the architect of the Trail of Tears.
Protesters started to go after the statue against the notoriously racist president, which Meadows found unacceptable. He called Trump asking what he had the authority to do.
“Not only do you have the authority,” Trump bellowed according to the Meadows book. “I want you to go out there and bust some heads and make some arrests. We need to restore order.”
"Then I walked out to Lafayette Park, just shy of the Andrew Jackson statue, where rioters were loosening bolts so that they could topple it. I ordered law enforcement surrounding the statue to go in."
He explained that the leaders of the Secret Service were resisting the idea that should intervene.
“Now?” they said, according to the book.
“Yes, now!” Meadows said. “Go in. Stop them from taking down that statue.”
The Meadows book was released Tuesday, just as the former chief of staff announced that he would no longer cooperate with the Jan. 6 committee.