A 17 year old white wannabe member of a white militia who shoot dead two people now has been labeled a ‘hero and patriot’ by some on the American Right after their President essential told them to….
This IS America today…..
A place going in opposite directions that it’s President has pushed for…
Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with homicide after shooting three protesters last week, two of them fatally.
But on Tuesday, Trump supporters had their own way to describe the 17-year-old from Illinois.
They called him a patriot. They called him a hero. They thanked him for defending the city.
“He’s a hero. He stuck up for the population, for property owners,” Endries said. “He didn’t come up here just to shoot people. He came up here to defend himself.”
The defense of Rittenhouse by Trump backers reflects the chasm that’s opened across the nation in the wake of deadly violence in Kenosha and Portland, Ore. Activists on the left rushed to defend Jacob Blake, a Black man shot seven times in the back by a white police officer, launching a series of demonstrations protesting what they call systemic racism by police.
But many people on the right see a different dominant narrative from Kenosha: A teen who was wrongly charged with homicide and should be lionized. Online crowdfunding petitions have sprouted, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars in support of Rittenhouse. And he’s gotten a hand from the president himself, who refused this week to denounce the teen’s actions.
The divisions were on full display Tuesday in Wisconsin, one of the most pivotal swing states in the country. During Trump’s visit, his supporters and Black Lives Matter activists clashed in the street along the main government complex near downtown, trading chants of “All Lives Matter” and “Black Lives Matter.”
BLM activists held signs and voiced support for Blake, whose shooting prompted both peaceful protests and destructive riots. Meantime, more than a dozen Trump supporters interviewed Tuesday questioned the case against Rittenhouse, accusing the media of clouding the facts in the case….
image….Kyle Rittenhouse (left) walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., with another armed civilian in August 2020. | Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP