On Monday, Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two attackers and injured in a third in self-defense during a riot in Wisconsin in August 2020, posted on Twitter a list of things he has learned in the wake of the controversial ordeal.
“So many people ask me if I have advice for others. Honestly, I have learned so much in the last 18 months, but if I had to pick the top 10 things I have learned, this is it,” he tweeted.
The list included the following:
- You are much stronger than you could possibly imagine.
- Choose to surround yourself with the ones who will encourage you to succeed.
- Always have an open mind open. Ask questions and seek out information that opposes your understanding of the world around you.
- Be a leader, not a follower.
- Stay true to who you are and understand that no matter how bad things may seem, you will get through it.
- Own your mistakes. Learn from them and don’t repeat them.
- Listen to the old farts. They tend to know what they’re talking about.
- Treat everyone with the same respect you would want from them.
- Don’t be afraid to fail. If you want something bad enough, don’t stop trying.
- Strengthen your faith. You are never walking alone.
Earlier this month, the now-college student tweeted a photo of himself and former President Donald Trump.
“Before EVER hearing the facts of my case, the MSM, elected officials and celebrities ALL labeled me Guilty. At the same time, they pressured Trump to condemn my actions, he refused. He suggested my actions were in self-defense & was attacked for defending me,” Rittenhouse wrote on Twitter. “Trump was right.”
“I had the honor of meeting President Trump after I was acquitted. Honestly, he was a just a regular guy! He was NOTHING like the media portrayed him to be,” he continued in a separate tweet. “He was so kind and supportive. Thank you President Trump for having my back when few others did (and for the cheeseburgers.)”
In February, Rittenhouse announced that he is launching a new project designed to hold media organizations accountable for their “lies.” Dubbed the Media Accountability Project, Rittenhouse told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson that the initiative will act “as a tool to help fundraise and hold the media accountable for the lies they said and deal with them in court.”
“I don’t want to see anybody else have to deal with what I went through. So I want to hold them accountable for what they did to me, because I don’t want to see anybody have to go through what I went through,” Rittenhouse said.