Trump Congratulates Rittenhouse, Shreds Prosecution: 'I Was Surprised It Had to Go This Far'

Trump Congratulates Rittenhouse, Shreds Prosecution: 'I Was Surprised It Had to Go This Far'


Former President Donald Trump commented at length on the not-guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse self-defense trial Friday during an interview on Fox News, where he praised the defendant, the judge and the jury.

Speaking to host Laura Ingraham, the former president praised the jury’s decision not to convict Rittenhouse, 18, on five counts, including first-degree intentional homicide. He equated the entire process to a political witch hunt.

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“I think that it was a great decision,” Trump said of the verdict. “I was surprised it had to go this far. Somebody should have ended it earlier. And frankly, the case should have never been brought.”

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