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Capitol Rioters Are Now Trying to Use the ‘Kyle Rittenhouse Defense’

Capitol Rioters Are Now Trying to Use the ‘Kyle Rittenhouse Defense’

Many of the people who took part in the January 6th insurrection never expected to face consequences for their actions. One woman said that she wouldn’t go to jail because she was white. Many others said that they would be pardoned by Donald Trump.

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN – NOVEMBER 10: Kyle Rittenhouse testifies in his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while being arrested in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

And Friday’s Kyle Rittenhouse verdict gave come others a new excuse for their actions. A Proud Boy connected rioter recently said that he shouldn’t go to jail because he’s just like the Illinois teen.

Business Insider reports, “In a brief filed on behalf of accused rioter Zachary Rehl, defense attorney Jonathon Moseley claimed that the Proud Boys went to D.C. to defend ‘vulnerable demonstrators’ from anti-fascists, akin to what Kyle Rittenhouse claimed to have done during civil unrest in August 2020 following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.”

Moseley further wrote, “What they actually planned to do and did was to make sure that the defenseless Trump supporters in the gun free zone of D.C. did not get jumped and stabbed by the rioters who had run amok all during 2020.”

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According to the Philadelphia Inquirer, “Federal prosecutors accused Rehl in March of helping to foment the Capitol riot after uncovering encrypted text-message exchanges between him and other leaders of the organization in which they discussed plans to ‘rile up the normies’.”

 

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