Just days after he shot and killed two people, Kyle Rittenhouse was dubbed a hero by the far-right media. And that hero-worship has only increased since a Wisconsin jury acquitted the teen on all charges.
Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards, urged the teen to get back to his life and avoid becoming a Conservative celebrity. The teen has ignored that advice. Last night, Rittenhouse was raucously cheered at a Turning Point USA event.
Carole Cadwalladr tweeted, “This is so dark. Kyle Rittenhouse being feted as an American hero. This is Turning Point USA. Their $$$ all over UK politics too. Grimes & Harwood hired for launch of TP UK. Mogg & Baker met with leaders. America is in so much trouble, but so are we.”
This is so dark. Kyle Rittenhouse being feted as an American hero.
This is Turning Point USA. Their $$$ all over UK politics too. Grimes & Harwood hired for launch of TP UK. Mogg & Baker met with leaders. America is in so much trouble but so are we.pic.twitter.com/a7nApmdX0k
— Carole Cadwalladr (@carolecadwalla) December 21, 2021
There was at least one person upset with the teen, though. Right-wing journalist Elad Eliahu accosted the teen over his claims that he supports Black Lives Matter. Zachary Petrizzo describes the scene:
“Excuse me, Mr. Rittenhouse, can you tell me why you support BLM?’ Eliahu could be heard shouting while chasing Rittenhouse at the event. Security guards then moved in and pushed Eliahu away while the right-wing journalist stated, ‘I am allowed to be here!’ Turning Point USA security guards revoked his press credential and threatened him with ‘criminal trespassing.’ A Turning Point USA spokesperson told The Daily Beast that Eliahu ‘rushed Kyle a little too aggressively,’ adding that security asked him twice to stand down but he failed to comply with their orders.”
Asked Kyle Rittenhouse why he supports BLM before Turning Point USA security wrapped me up and removed me from the conference pic.twitter.com/4FaC1PaIHz
— Elad Eliahu (@elaadeliahu) December 20, 2021
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Todd Neikirk is a New Jersey-based politics and technology writer. His work has been featured in psfk.com, foxsports.com, and PoliticusUSA. An avid pet lover, he has been known to contribute to Pet Lifestyles Magazine. He enjoys sports, politics, technology, and spending time at the shore with his family.