Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot by 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer, tried to backtrack the sworn testimony he gave in court this week during a media blitz on Friday.
Grosskreutz admitted in court that Rittenhouse did not shoot at him until he pointed his own gun at the teenager.
He said that it was only after he lunged forward, bringing the barrel of his own gun down toward Rittenhouse’s head that Rittenhouse fired a shot and hit Grosskreutz in the arm.
Defense: “With your arms up in the air, he never fired?”
Gaige Grosskreutz: “Correct.”
Defense: “It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him, with your gun…pointed at him that he fired?”
— Bree A Dail (@breeadail) November 8, 2021
But during an interview with Good Morning America, Grosskreutz tried to claim that he was shot by Rittenhouse while his hands were in the air.
“I do believe that in that photo, given the right narrative, one could suggest that yes, I was pointing my weapon at the defendant,” he said. “But when you play it as a movie or look at different stills, my arm was being vaporized as I was allegedly pointing my weapon at the defendant.
“It’s completely inconsistent with the physiology of my wound,” Grosskreutz claimed, “that he would have shot me while my weapon was pointed at his head”
Host Michael Strahan clarified: “You weren’t pointing your gun at him, is that what you’re saying?”
“That’s absolutely what I’m saying, yes,” he replied.
Top conservatives took to Twitter to criticize the potentially perurious witness.
He either lied on the stand or he’s lying to ABC News. I would love to see a prosecutor charge him with perjury just so he has to release a statement stating he lied to GMA. https://t.co/JDrQEPqvyU
— Stephen L. Miller (@redsteeze) November 12, 2021
OMG the media is trying to give this clown a chance to recant and recast the testimony HE GAVE IN COURT UNDER OATH because it goes against the fictitious narrative they created and want to be true… In which place is he perjuring himself? Will he be charged? https://t.co/Z7RYF4BxEg
— Donald Trump Jr. (@DonaldJTrumpJr) November 12, 2021
He repeated that claim in a later interview on CNN:
Gaige Grosskreutz goes on CNN and claims his arms were raised when he was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse, contradicting his sworn testimony.
— The Post Millennial (@TPostMillennial) November 12, 2021