Kyle Rittenhouse, who was thrust into the national spotlight after defending himself from rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020, is sharing his story for the first time.
The new book, aptly titled Acquitted, comes two years after he was acquitted on homicide charges after killing two men in self defense.
“The reason I wanted to tell my story is because there were so many false media narratives and so many people painting a different picture of who I really am in their own mind,” Rittenhouse told Texas Scorecard. “I just wanted to come out once and for all and change that narrative and tell the truth of what happened, what my life was like before and change the narrative. I was tired of people saying I was this kid who grew up in like a wealthy family and I had everything handed to me when the truth is I was a kid who grew up homeless and in subsidized government housing, living off of food stamps with a drug addict dad. I wanted to come out and correct all that. I wanted to correct the narrative of why I went to Kenosha and why I defended myself.”
Rittenhouse says he believes readers will be most surprised by the fact that he was just “a normal kid.”
“I was a normal kid growing up dealing with everyday American struggles that most Americans deal with. Everybody has their own issues and their own struggles and people like to tiptoe around that and make it seem like everybody has the all American life when that’s just not true. So I wanted to come out and say, ‘Hey, no, life wasn’t easy growing up.’ This is how it is for a lot of people,” said Rittenhouse.
Acquitted is available digitally on Amazon. Physical and signed copies are available for pre-order at RittenhouseBook.com. Acquitted was co-written with Texas Scorecard’s publisher, Michael Quinn Sullivan.