Democratic White House hopeful Joe Biden released a campaign ad this week that, according to the Daily Caller, labeled Kyle Rittenhouse as a white supremacist. Now, the 17-year-old is taking legal action.
The Daily Caller reports that a lawyer for Rittenhouse — the teenager who first made headlines in August of this year after he was accused of killing two demonstrators and wounding one other during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin — has threatened to sue Biden, charging that the former vice president is guilty of defamation.
Rittenhouse is currently “facing multiple felony charges and life in prison if convicted,” according to the Daily Caller, after he was alleged to have been behind a shooting that came amid unrest in Kenosha after a Black man there was shot by police. But as the Daily Caller notes, there’s “no public evidence that Rittenhouse is a white supremacist.”
Rittenhouse, for his part, has proclaimed his innocence and insisted that the shootings were committed in self-defense, the Chicago Tribune notes. Many conservatives have sided with the teenager as he fights homicide charges, but those on the left — including Biden — are apparently intent to paint him as racist.
After Biden posted a tweet Wednesday that showed clips of Rittenhouse interspersed with scenes from the infamous “Unite the Right” rally that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017, a lawyer for the 17-year-old spoke out.
“Formal demand for public retraction is being prepared for Biden/Harris Campaign on behalf of Kyle Rittenhouse,” attorney Lin Wood wrote in a tweet, according to the Daily Caller. “I also hereby demand that [Biden] immediately retract his false accusation that Kyle is a white supremacist [and] militia member responsible for violence in Kenosha.”
In a later tweet, Wood promised a lawsuit. “On behalf of Kyle Rittenhouse, I shall sue [Biden] [and the] Biden/Harris Campaign for libel,” he wrote, attaching a screenshot of the Democratic presidential nominee’s video to her tweet. Take a look at the ad for yourself:
There’s no other way to put it: the President of the United States refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night. pic.twitter.com/Q3VZTW1vUV
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) September 30, 2020
Wood first came to prominence for representing former Covington Catholic High School student Nicholas Sandmann, who took legal action against a number of media outlets who he said defamed him after an encounter he had with a man in D.C. went viral. Among those to settle with the Kentucky teen included The Washington Post and CNN, according to Fox News.
According to TheBlaze, another attorney for Rittenhouse, Marina Medvin, also spoke out on Wednesday. “There is absolutely no evidence, not even a pinch, of this defamatory accusation that my client Kyle Rittenhouse is a ‘white supremacist’ — none,” Medvin tweeted.
She went on to describe her client as “a 17-year-old patriotic, dutiful American boy who came to ‘help people,’ that’s in his own words. These words are enshrined in videos that have been shared all over social media from that night in Kenosha,” she wrote.
“The flagrant defamation needs to stop,” Medvin warned, as The Blaze reported. “They can retract and apologize, or they can deal with Lin Wood in court. It’s their choice.”