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Kyle Rittenhouse told Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday night that he hopes he can live a quiet life after being found not guilty on all charges in his murder trial last week and that he wants to attend college like any other person his age.
"I'm a student at Arizona State University,"
Rittenhouse said. "I do intend on going in campus and pursuing a career in nursing. I may change it. I've been looking into law. I may want to become a lawyer. I haven't completely decided yet. But I've been looking - I want to be a nurse, so I've been doing the prerequisites for that."
Rittenhouse suggested that he has to have security with him at all times "because people want to kill me just because I defended myself and they're too ignorant to look at the facts of what happened."
When asked if he was confident that the government would protect him from the threats, Rittenhouse said, "I hope so, but we all know how the F.B.I. works."
TUCKER CARLSON, FOX NEWS HOST: What do you think your life's going to be like after this?
KYLE RITTENHOUSE: I'm hoping I can live a quiet stress free life and not - and be free of any intimidation or harassment and just go on with my life as a normal 18-year-old kid attending college.
CARLSON: So, you're going to go to college.
RITTENHOUSE: I am in college. I'm a student at Arizona State University.
CARLSON: What? I mean, are you going to go to campus and -
RITTENHOUSE: I think I am. I want to. There is a lot of things we have to look into, so I don't know for sure yet. But I do intend on going in campus and pursuing a career in nursing. I may change it. I've been looking into law. I may want to become a lawyer. I haven't completely decided yet. But I've been looking - I want to be a nurse, so I've been doing the prerequisites for that.
CARLSON: Interesting. Do you think you can have that? That you can live peacefully in this country unmolested?
RITTENHOUSE: I hope so, but I can't read the future. I'm hoping that people go back and understand the facts and be like, watch the trial, watch the prosecutorial misconduct that I believe happened and realize that I was an innocent 17-year-old who was violently attacked and defended myself.
CARLSON: Because you wanted to clean graffiti and protect a car lot.
RITTENHOUSE: And apparently, a lot of people on the left, it is criminal to want to protect your community
TUCKER: Do you feel like your life has been destroyed by this?
RITTENHOUSE: I feel my life has been extremely defamed by it. I don't think I would be able to go out and get a job and not have to deal with harassment. But I'm at a place now to where I have to have people with me because people want to kill me just because I defended myself and they're too ignorant to look at the facts of what happened.
CARLSON: Do you feel the threats?
RITTENHOUSE: I do. I see some of the threats. Some of the things people say, it's absolutely sickening.
CARLSON: Are you confident that the government will protect you from these threats? Because that's, of course the government's job.
RITTENHOUSE: I hope so. But we all know how the F.B.I. works.