When the subject of Trump supporter Aaron Danielson being murdered allegedly by a self-proclaimed “100% Antifa” and BLM activist in Portland was being discussed, the media quickly switched gears, asking President Trump if he plans to condemn the actions of Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old accused of killing two people during a protest of in Kenosha, WI last week. President Trump explained that he wasn’t sure what happened, adding, that the incident was currently under investigation.
“He was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like,” Trump answered.
He continued, “And he fell, and then, they very violently attacked him,” adding, “I guess he was in very big trouble. He probably would have been killed. But, it’s under investigation.”
Rittenhouse has been charged with intentional homicide and reckless homicide. His lawyers say he was acting in self-defense.
The reporter shot back, “Do you think private citizens should be taking guns…”
“I think that law enforcement should take care of everything,” President Trump responded. “I think everything should be taken care of by law enforcement,” he said, adding that we need to give cops back their dignity.
Trump: Kyle Rittenhouse was trying to get away pic.twitter.com/jqONZeqnJN
— Jack Posobiec 🇺🇸 (@JackPosobiec) August 31, 2020
Earlier in the day on August 25th Kyle Rittenhouse was busy cleaning buildings after another night of Democrat BLM rioters damaging another US city. That night young Rittenhouse was running for his life from BLM rioters.
Kyle Rittenhouse photographed volunteering to help clean up BLM graffiti in Kenosha earlier in the day, before defending himself against rioters. https://t.co/tmNsqZ4Jod
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 26, 2020
Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested and charged with first-degree murder over the shooting of three demonstrators – two of whom died – during riots in the city on Tuesday night.
Although painted as a bloodthirsty white supremacist by some journalists and activists, multiple observers have made the case that Rittenhouse had good intentions and pulled the trigger as a last resort.
Entrepreneur Mike Coudrey, who has more than 270,000 Twitter followers, compiled footage from around the internet, arguing that the violence, while regrettable, was a “clear case of self-defense.”He’s far from the only one who shares this belief.
Like many other people defending Rittenhouse, Coudrey referenced interviews that the teen gave earlier in the evening. In a short clip recorded by Daily Caller videographer Richie McGinnis, Rittenhouse doesn’t fit the hate-filled caricature presented by some media personalities and social media commentators.
“People are getting injured, and it’s our job to protect this business. And part of my job is also to help people. If somebody’s hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself obviously. I also have my med kit,” he said.
In a separate interview with journalist Elijah Schaffer, the teen said that he was defending businesses from rioters. As the video ends, Rittenhouse offers medical assistance to a protester.
So the whole premise that he was a white supremacist or the shooting took place due to political disagreements become more difficult to prove
Also, he stated why he was armed and there https://t.co/ThS1B0Royo
— ELIJAH SCHAFFER (@ElijahSchaffer) August 26, 2020
Schaffer noted that there seemed to be no signs of “malicious intentions,” and it’s unlikely that the shootings were politically motivated.
Coudrey and like-minded observers say videos of the actual shootings dispel the notion that Rittenhouse was the aggressor. Although the exact circumstances surrounding the events are still unclear, footage shows a protester, identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, chasing Rittenhouse into a car lot. As Rosenbaum closes in, he throws an object at the armed teenager. The 17-year-old quickly spins around and fires his AR-15, hitting Rosenbaum in the head.
After circling around, Rittenhouse makes a phone call, perhaps to the police, and then runs off camera.
Several demonstrators appear to have chased after the teen, although it’s not clear if they knew that he had opened fire minutes earlier. A slow-motion video shows Rittenhouse falling on the ground as a group of protesters rush towards him. One individual kicks him, while another demonstrator tries to strike him with a skateboard. Several shots can be heard, with one of them fatally wounding the protester holding the skateboard. Another demonstrator who charged at the 17-year-old, believed to have been armed with a pistol, was shot in the arm.
Here is a picture of Huber hitting Rittenhouse with his skateboard after Rittenhouse fell to the ground
Newly uncovered footage shows Kyle Rittenhouse rushing with a fire extinguisher to put out a dumpster that the rioters had set ablaze.
This is yet another tidbit destroying the left’s narrative that Rittenhouse had “crossed state lines to kill protesters.”
Newly uncovered footage shows Kyle Rittenhouse bringing a fire extinguisher to the scene of the (literal) dumpster fire in Kenosha the rioters started, to help put it out. pic.twitter.com/0dlb5RzTQv
— Mark Dice (@MarkDice) August 29, 2020
The Gateway Pundit reports – As the Gateway Pundit previously reported, Rittenhouse had worked as a lifeguard in Kenosha the day of the shooting. After work, he went to the local high school to help clean up graffiti on the building.
“Later in the day, they received information about a call for help from a local business owner, whose downtown Kenosha auto dealership was largely destroyed by mob violence,” a statement provided to the Gateway Pundit by Rittenhouse’s legal team explains. “Business owner needed help to protect what he had left of his life’s work, including two nearby mechanic’s shops. Kyle and a friend armed themselves with rifles due to the deadly violence gripping Kenosha and many other American cities, and headed to the business premises. The weapons were in Wisconsin and never crossed state lines.”
When Rittenhouse arrived at the mechanic’s shop, he and others stood guard to prevent further destruction. Later that night, long after the 8 p.m. curfew had passed, the police began to disperse a group of rioters. His lawyer, John M. Pierce, explains that while dispersing the mob, they maneuvered a mass of individuals down the street towards the auto shops. Rittenhouse and the others were threatened and taunted, but he did not react. “His intent was not to incite violence, but simply to deter property damage and use his training to provide first aid to injured community members,” Pierce says.
The statement says that by the final time that Rittenhouse returned to the gas station and “confirmed there were no more injured individuals who needed assistance, police had advanced their formation and blocked what would have been his path back to the mechanic’s shop. Kyle then complied with the police instructions not to go back there. Kyle returned to the gas station until he learned of a need to help protect the second mechanic’s shop further down the street where property destruction was imminent with no police were nearby.”
“As Kyle proceeded towards the second mechanic’s shop, he was accosted by multiple rioters who recognized that he had been attempting to protect a business the mob wanted to destroy. This outraged the rioters and created a mob now determined to hurt Kyle. They began chasing him down. Kyle attempted to get away, but he could not do so quickly enough. Upon the sound of a gunshot behind him, Kyle turned and was immediately faced with an attacker lunging towards him and reaching for his rifle. He reacted instantaneously and justifiably with his weapon to protect himself, firing and striking the attacker,” Pierce explains.
The legal fees and other costs of Rittenhouse’s defense will be provided through donations to #FightBack Foundation Inc., a Texas 501(c)(4) foundation created by John Pierce and Lin Wood to protect law-abiding American citizens whose rights are being trampled on by state and local governments that are more concerned with appeasing mobs than protecting those rights.