Sharpton portrays Rittenhouse as vigilante looking to ‘confront’ Black protesters

In the days after a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of charges related to a shooting last year at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, many on the left remain determined to paint him as a callous killer.

One of the nation’s most prominent activists regarding racial matters has publicly claimed that Rittenhouse sought to “confront” protesters at a Black Lives Matter demonstration that turned violent.

“Seeing my community up in flames”

During a recent ABC News interview, Rev. Al Sharpton essentially glossed over facts presented during the trial that bolstered the defendant’s claim that he acted in self-defense.

Instead, Sharpton accused Rittenhouse of lying about why he traveled to Kenosha with a rifle to protect property against rioters.

“The reason Kyle Rittenhouse went to Kenosha was because there were protests against a young Black man shot in the back seven times by police,” he declared.

Rittenhouse spoke out in his own defense during his first interview as a free man on Monday, telling Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson that his case had nothing to do with race. In fact, he declared that he personally supports the Black Lives Matter movement.

“It was upsetting because Kenosha is my community,” he said. “And I was just upset seeing my community up in flames.”

“Too ignorant to look at the facts”

Nevertheless, Sharpton is just one of the many pundits who have voiced their concerns that the jury’s decision will embolden those on the right to engage in political violence.

“Are people now going to come into our protests and kill people or hut people and claim self-defense?” Sharpton asked.

Of course, the Rittenhouse narrative continued to play out even as news surfaced about the suspect in a deadly attack on a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin. Reports indicate six people were killed and dozens more injured when a vehicle plowed into the parade, though information about anti-white sentiments expressed by the man facing charges in the crime has received scant attention in the mainstream media.

Meanwhile, Rittenhouse continues to face harsh criticism and biased accusations from all corners of the media — including late-night host Stephen Colbert, who asserted that the laws allowing for the defendant’s acquittal should be “changed.”

“I’m at a place now where I have to have people with me,” Rittenhouse said. “Because people want to kill me just because I defended myself and they are too ignorant to look at the facts of what happened.”

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