Kyle Rittenhouse’s Mother Joins GOP Women’s Event While Son Awaits Trial; Gets Standing Ovation
Wendy Rittenhouse, mother of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with homicide in the shooting deaths of two protestors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, joined a right-wing author at a GOP Women event, where she received a standing ovation.
While Kyle Rittenhouse awaits trial for murder, his mother was partying with his lawyer, right-wing pundit Michelle Malkin, and a crowd of Republican women Thursday night. Malkin, who has even been ousted from some conservative circles for support of antisemitic figures, was a featured speaker at the event, according to Bulwark host Charlie Sykes.
To be clear about this. At event sponsored by the Waukesha GOP in Wisconsin, the mother of the 17-year-old boy who took a rifle across state lines to Kenosha, and shot three people, killing two… Received a standing ovation. Led by one of the right’s most notorious racists.
— Charlie Sykes (@SykesCharlie) September 25, 2020
Malkin shared a photo on her own page of herself, Wendy Rittenhouse, and John Pierce, one of the attorneys representing Kyle. She also said she’d been in contact with the 17-year-old defendant by phone, and thanked him for his courage.
Standing ovation from Waukesha County GOP women for my special guests, @CaliKidJMP & Wendy Rittenhouse, Kyle’s mom. Huge shoutout sent from all of us in WI to warrior @LLinWood. I was able to talk to Kyle by phone & THANK HIM for his courage! #fightback https://t.co/uFBQrnQ0xo pic.twitter.com/qqeF8Rzery
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) September 25, 2020
Malkin previously characterized the incident that ended with Rittenhouse allegedly shooting three people as a case of the teenager being “attacked by violent mob of criminal thugs [and] beaten [with a] skateboard” and merely defending himself. His lawyers tell the same story.
Another lawyer for Rittenhouse, Lin Wood, shared Malkin’s post, declaring that he admired Malkin because “she drives leftist-militants crazy.”
I love & admire Michelle Malkin @michellemalkin.
Michelle is fearless. She loves freedom & our Constitution.
She drives leftist-militants crazy.
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) September 25, 2020
According to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Rittenhouse made his first appearance in court Friday, the morning after his mother’s standing ovation, appearing via Zoom from the juvenile detention center where he is being held, for a hearing in Illinois regarding his extradition to Wisconsin to face the charges against him. His attorneys say they intend to fight extradition, attempting to keep the teenaged shooter in Illinois rather than handing him over to Wisconsin authorities.