A new BuzzFeed News report revealed on Wednesday that Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old shooter that was arrested for killing two Black Lives Matter demonstrators on Tuesday night, is a supporter of Donald Trump and even attended one of the president’s rallies back in January.
“Kyle Howard Rittenhouse’s social media presence is filled with him posing with weapons, posting ‘Blue Lives Matter,’ and supporting Trump for president,” reported Ellie Hall, Amber Jamieson, and Tasneem Nashrulla. “Footage from the Des Moines, Iowa, rally on Jan. 30 shows Rittenhouse feet away from the president, in the front row, to the left of the podium. He posted a TikTok video from the event.”
“Seven months later, Rittenhouse went with his rifle to the third night of Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha,” continued the report. “Rittenhouse attended as an armed vigilante, supposedly assisting police and protecting property in an unofficial capacity but instead he prowled the protest with a gun. Videos captured him fraternizing with law enforcement and attempting to get their attention.” He is accused of opening fire, killing two protesters and injuring a third.
Trump has yet to condemn Rittenhouse, but he did have time to attack BLM protestors in Kenosha and threatened to send the National Guard on them.