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Kyle Rittenhouse says he liked Andrew Yang, but now wants to ‘stay out of politics’

Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted last week of all charges related to him fatally shooting two assailants last year, said that he was a fan of businessman Andrew Yang’s political career in a freshly-released segment taken from his recent interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson.

“I’m gonna get a lot of hate for this, but I was a pretty big Andrew Yang supporter before all this,” Rittenhouse said. “I was part of the Yang Gang… He’s a good dude. But I wasn’t really into politics. I didn’t know much about Trump, I didn’t know much about Biden.”

“I went to a Trump rally because Trump supports the police, he’s a businessman, that’s what I liked about Trump,” he added. “I didn’t know much about politics, I was just a 17-year-old kid… I liked Andrew Yang, I liked his policy a little bit… very intelligent.”

When asked by Carlson whether being tried on murder charges had “changed” his politics, Rittenhouse said that he did not know but had “been trying to stay out of politics completely.”

“No matter what direction I’m gonna go, there’s gonna be people that don’t support me no matter what,” Rittenhouse said. “So, I think it’s just in my best interest to avoid politics because I’m not a political person, I’m just a person who was attacked and defended myself.”

Yang, known for his signature policy of Universal Basic Income, was a Democratic candidate for president in 2020 and New York mayor earlier this year. He left the Democratic Party in October to become an independent and formed The Forward Party, a political action committee that Yang hopes will be recognized as a new political party [Newsweek].

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