Kyle Rittenhouse faces right-wing ire after saying he supports Black Lives Matter

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Kyle Rittenhouse, a young man found not guilty after shooting two people and injuring a third, is facing anger, anger and mistrust from members of the political right after he said he was not a racist and black. Supported Lives Matter. ,

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In the weeks after the then 17-year-old was arrested and charged after he shot three people amid racial justice protests in August 2020 – he has always insisted he acted in self-defense – the youth for gun-rights One hero became activists and others who supported laws such as “Stand Your Ground”.

While the teen was not a member of groups such as the Proud Boys, she was once photographed with some of their members—an image the jury was barred from following a trial judge’s decision—the organization and others supported her case. Done and raised money for my legal defense.


But after Mr Rittenhouse spoke to Tucker Carlson of Fox News, and insisted that he supported the BLM movement and was not racist, many of those who had previously supported him quickly turned to his or worse. Used to condemn

“F***ing idiot. We shouldn’t be supporting him anymore. It must be the work of his friends, then he’s the traitor on the right,” wrote a poster, Sofabear, on social media platform Getr, popular with conservatives and is founded by Jason Miller, a former aide of Donald Trump.

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One person, who posted on Twitter using the “Skinmask Pure Blood” avatar, wrote: “Rittenhouse endorses Blum. I don’t support them, we’ve been duped from the start.”

Andrew Anglin, editor of the neo-Nazi and white supremacist website The Daily Stormer, which reportedly takes its title from a Nazi propaganda paper striker, wrote: “If that sounded great to blacks, we must remember that she is the teenager of a single mother now facing non-stop death threats.”

He added: “The media has zoomed in on the fact that he reportedly said he “supports the BLM.” They are talking about this to try to demoralize the right wing. He didn’t actually say that he supports the BLM agenda, he just said that he supports their right to protest.

range of reactions, as collated The spread ranged from anger to disbelief, by news sites such as the Daily Dot. A persistent theme was that while Mr. Rittenhouse had previously given his support for the racial justice movement, he would not support it.

Commentators have said the reactions underscore how polarizing the response to the case was, and how Rittenhouse came to be viewed in an entirely different way depending on people’s political viewpoints. To some he was a hero, to others he was – as prosecutors alleged – “an ordinary soldier” who went out in search of trouble.

Jared Holt, a former reporter for Right Wing Watch and a fellow at the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab, is overseeing the shooting by Mr Rittenhouse and the manner in which the subsequent trial was followed by various groups.

He said the fatal shooting occurred at the end of a tense summer and as the nation prepared for a presidential election.

“I think it became a very powerful vehicle for other things that people felt they were experiencing,” he said. Granthshala, “It kind of became a flashpoint in a wider narrative.”

It helped, he said, because there was so much live video of the shooting by Mr Rittenhouse and the events of the day, which enabled it to go viral very quickly.

In the interview, Mr Rittenhouse said President Joe Biden had scolded him when he called him a “white supremacist” last year.

“Mister President, if I can say one thing to you, I would urge you to go back and watch the test and understand the facts before you make a statement,” Rittenhouse said.

Mr Carlson suggested that “it is no small thing to be called”.

Mr. Rittenhouse replied: “No. This is genuine malice, to defame my character, to say something like that to him.”

The young man had traveled 20 miles from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, after protests began after police firing and seriously wounding a black suspect, Jacob Blake.

Armed with an AR-style semiautomatic rifle, Mr Rittenhouse joined others who said he was determined to protect personal property from potential damage on 25 August 2020.

During that evening, he shot three men, all of whom were white, and two of them died from their wounds. He argued that he had acted in self-defense and the jury unanimously agreed when it acquitted him of a series of five charges, the most serious of which was first degree intentional murder.

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“The matter has nothing to do with race. It had nothing to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense,” he said in the interview aired on Monday night.

“I thought they came to the right verdict because it wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin — it was the right of self-defense at trial. And if I was convicted… someone to defend my life against the attackers.” will also not be privileged.”

He also criticized two conservative attorneys, John Pierce and Lynn Wood, who initially represented him and raised $2 million for his bail. He said he used them to promote a “cause”.

“Lynn Wood was raising money on my behalf, and she imprisoned me for 87 days, disrespecting my wishes,” he said.

Mr. Wood has denied the claim. “I was not a lawyer who was pushing for a reason,” Mr Wood told reporters. “Retribution attack…


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