Trump rushed Rittenhouse to Mar-a-Lago after not guilty verdict

Former President Trump met with Kyle Rittenhouse shortly after a jury found him not guilty of the deaths of two men in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last Friday.

“Really, a good young man,” Trump said to describe Rittenhouse in an interview with Sean Hannity on Tuesday. “Kyle, I got to know him a little bit. He called, wanted to know if he could come over and say hi because he was a fan,” Trump said.

Rittenhouse visited Trump’s Mar-a-Lago resort and Fox showed a photo of the two posing.

“What happened was misconduct by the prosecution. He shouldn’t have had to suffer in court. He was going to be dead,” Trump continued, defending Rittenhouse’s actions.

The shooting occurred during a protest in Kenosha over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white police officer. Rittenhouse crossed the Illinois state lines, allegedly with the intention of defending the city from rioters. Rittenhouse’s lawyers argued that he killed the two men in self-defense. “He did not intend to kill them,” Rittenhouse testified. “I had the intention of stopping the people who were attacking me.”

In the days after Rittenhouse killed two men and was identified, the right wing quickly praised him, calling him a hero for what they saw was an act of noble vigilantism. After the verdict, conservatives applauded and viewed Rittenhouse’s acquittal as vindication.

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On Monday night, Rittenhouse sat down for an interview with Fox News star Tucker Carlson. Carlson said Rittenhouse was “bright, honest, sincere, obedient and hardworking. Exactly the type of person who wishes he had many more in his country.”

Congressional Republicans offered internships at Rittenhouse. Representative Madison Cawthorne, Representative Matt Gaetz, Representative Lauren Boebert and Representative Paul Gosar expressed interest in having Rittenhouse join their team. Gosar said he would do an “arm fight” with Matt Gaetz to carry Rittenhouse.

In a video telling Rittenhouse to contact Cawthorne if he wants an internship, Cawthorne also told his followers to “be armed, be dangerous and be moral.”

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