On Tuesday night, a 17-year-old, Kyle Rittenhouse, allegedly killed two people after traveling across state lines to oppose a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
On Wednesday morning, he was arrested in Illinois and is expected to be charged with first-degree murder.
By Wednesday night, he’d become a right-wing deity.
On Twitter, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter responded to a post about Rittenhouse, saying she wanted him to be “her president.”
The post she responded to praised him for acting in self-defense, which has been the preferred narrative to defend the 17-year-old’s actions.
I want him as my president. https://t.co/qbiSeXcXL6
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 26, 2020
On his nightly Fox show, Tucker Carlson also defended Rittenhouse, who traveled across state lines armed with a semi-automatic rifle he’s too young to legally possess, saying that his decision to do so was understandable.
“How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?” Carlson asked.
Tucker: How shocked are we that 17 year olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would pic.twitter.com/MGl7tdz9B5
— Acyn Torabi (@Acyn) August 27, 2020
Former MLB player and now right-wing troll Aubrey Huff declared Rittenhouse a national treasure in a tweet that appears to have been deleted.
Aubrey Huff, forgettable former MLB player but a world class piece of shit. pic.twitter.com/ioMBYXL6er
— The Majors Sports Network 🚩 (@tmsnx) August 27, 2020
Kyle Rittenhouse memes
The major figures in right-wing posting are just responding to a groundswell of support from online denizens, who have been creating graphic memes supporting Rittenhouse.
Jokes about him protecting Kenosha from litter and about the victims being shot are all over Twitter, despite the site’s purported ban on glorifying violence.
Reminder: Be smart and avoid the riots at all costs unless you want to risk the corrupt courts and media ruining your life like #McCloskeys, #StevenBaca, #TheProudBoys, #AndrewDodson #JamesFields, etc. pic.twitter.com/ef24XKCdXV
— Emerson 🇺🇸 (@emerson_chris) August 27, 2020
They include graphic images of gunshot victims and praise for Rittenhouse’s tactics.
Others show him as a character in a video game, spraying victims with bullets.
I see your stock drawing and raise you a Doom meme pic.twitter.com/VG4rj6kl6j
— 🎡Capt'n_Renolds🎡 (@MalcolmRenoldz) August 27, 2020
Rittenhouse is slated to have a hearing this Friday.
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