(Headline USA) A month after his acquittal on murder charges, Kyle Rittenhouse was given a standing ovation at a conservative group’s conference in Phoenix where panelists discussed the 2020 deadly shootings in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Monday’s panel discussion was held by Charlie Kirk‘s Turning Point USA, which organizes young conservatives.
Most of the comments during the discussion were made by other panelists, but the 18-year-old Rittenhouse reflected on how the trial had matured him and about his decision to take the stand to provide his account of the shootings.
He also continued to drop hints about future defamation lawsuits, promising that “accountability is coming.”
“I feel like my life has been extremely defamed,” he told Carlson, adding: “I have really good lawyers who are taking care of that right now.”
Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in the deaths of Kenosha rioters Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz.
Businesses in Kenosha were ransacked and burned, activities that the leftist media consistently refer to as “protests.”
Rittenhouse said that he went from his home in nearby Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha to protect lives and property from rioters but that he acted in self-defense after he came under attack and feared for his life.
Prosecutors were unsuccessful in their efforts to portray Rittenhouse as a “wannabe soldier” who had gone looking for trouble, while his supporters regarded him as a patriot who took a stand against lawlessness.
Adapted from reporting by the Associated Press