On Tuesday night, a 17-year-old, Kyle Rittenhouse, allegedly killed two people after traveling across state lines to oppose a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
On Wednesday morning, he was arrested in Illinois and is expected to be charged with first-degree murder.
By Wednesday night, he’d become a right-wing deity.
On Twitter, right-wing pundit Ann Coulter responded to a post about Rittenhouse, saying she wanted him to be “her president.”
The post she responded to praised him for acting in self-defense, which has been the preferred narrative to defend the 17-year-old’s actions.
On his nightly Fox show, Tucker Carlson also defended Rittenhouse, who traveled across state lines armed with a semi-automatic rifle he’s too young to legally possess, saying that his decision to do so was understandable.
“How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?” Carlson asked.
Former MLB player and now right-wing troll Aubrey Huff declared Rittenhouse a national treasure in a tweet that appears to have been deleted.
Kyle Rittenhouse memes
The major figures in right-wing posting are just responding to a groundswell of support from online denizens, who have been creating graphic memes supporting Rittenhouse.
They include graphic images of gunshot victims and praise for Rittenhouse’s tactics.
Others show him as a character in a video game, spraying victims with bullets.
Rittenhouse is slated to have a hearing this Friday.