Politico: With a hand from Trump, the right makes Rittenhouse a cause célèbre
KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse (17) was charged with homicide after shooting three protesters last week, two of them fatally.
The defense of Rittenhouse by Trump backers reflects the chasm that’s opened across the nation in the wake of deadly violence in Kenosha and Portland, Ore. Activists on the left rushed to defend Jacob Blake, a Black man shot seven times in the back by a white police officer, launching a series of demonstrations protesting what they call systemic racism by police.
Rittenhouse, wielding a military-style weapon that he could not legally carry at his age, shot three protesters, killing two of them. His attorney has said Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.