The man who took two lives begins his publicity campaign
Just three days after being acquitted of the murder of two protesters and the shooting of a third, 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was pictured in a restaurant in Florida. It was revealed that he is in the state for an interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News .
The interview, due to be broadcast on November 22 is expected to be used by Rittenhouse as a forum to declare that among other things, his trial was never about racism but rather, a right to self-defense.
He acted in self-defense (apparently)
In August 2020, Rittenhouse - then aged 17 - was pictured roaming amongst protesters at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, carrying an AR-15 assault rifle. He claims he had travelled there from Illinois to act as a first aider for those injured in the riot. During an altercation with three protesters he ended up shooting them, claiming he acted in self-defense.
Some or all of these facts may be true or partially true, but it does look bad considering that he was voluntarily there with an assault rifle rather than a first-aid kit. He faced charges of first-degree reckless homicide for killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, first-degree intentional homicide for killing Anthony Huber, 26, and first-degree attempted intentional homicide for shooting 26-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz on the night of Aug. 25, 2020. On Friday November 19 he was found not guilty.
Rittenhouse may well have felt threatened or in mortal danger during that protest, but the fact remains that he was there voluntarily, and fully-armed with an assault rifle where two of the three protesters were themselves unarmed.
Who else will he meet with while in Florida?
While he's in the state, Rittenhouse may well be meeting with other leading figures in the Republican party who've been quick to congratulate him on his acquittal and to ally themselves with the teenager as a champion for constitutional rights (including, to bear arms and to self-defense presumably), amongst them, former President Donald Trump.
Rittenhouse may also be in the state to meet with Republican Representative Matt Gaetz who was one of a number of GOP politicians keen to offer the teenager a congressional internship at their side. Gaetz may end up fighting for Rittenhouse, since Rep. Madison Cawthorn has made a similar offer.
There will undoubtedly be a great deal of publicity for Rittenhouse in the coming weeks. While he's no doubt relieved at having been acquitted, there are still many people who are infuriated that he's been found not guilty. Time will tell what happens next.
What do you think about Kyle Rittenhouse having been found not guilty? Do you think it is right that hard-right Republicans are portraying him as a hero? Let me know in the comments section below.