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Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted on charges of killing two men and wounding another in Kenosha, Wisconsin, travelled to Trump’s Palm Beach, Florida home to greet him, according to the former US president.
Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, fatally shot two individuals and wounded another on August 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during the protests, riots, and civil unrest that erupted after a white police officer shot a black man, Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse was armed with a semi-automatic AR-15 style rifle that he took from his friend, Dominick Black, and both Rittenhouse and Black joined a group of armed men who said they were in Kenosha to protect businesses. Rittenhouse said he was there to protect a car dealership from being vandalized and to provide medical aid.
Last week he was declared innocent of murder by a judge in Wisconsin, a judgement which elicited mixed reactions.
On Wednesday, November 24, Trump, called the acquitted vigilante gunman a “big fan.”
“He wanted to know if he could come over and say hello because he was a fan,” Trump said in an appearance on Wednesday, November 24 on Fox News.
“(He’s) really a nice young man and what he went through. .. That was prosecutorial misconduct.”
In a photo released by Fox news, the former US president and Rittenhouse, 18, flashed thumbs-up sign .
“He should not have had to suffer through a trial for that. He was going to be dead….Kyle would have been dead,” Trump told host Sean Hannity.
“He’s a really good young guy.”
The sit-down with the leader of the Republican Party came just a day after Rittenhouse appeared on Fox News’ Tucker Carlson’s show.
The TV host asserted the gunman is a normal teen who is “not particularly political.”
Rittenhouse is being hailed by Trump’s MAGA supporters and gun rights advocates who say he had every right to open fire on protesters because he feared for his own life during the chaotic protest. While his critics call him a trigger-happy teenager who had no business playing cop on the streets of Kenosha as the riots were happening.