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Right-wing memes praising Wisconsin protest shooter surge online

The right had some bombastic things to say about Tuesday night's shooting.

Aug 27, 2020, 4:57 pm*

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David Covucci 

David Covucci

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.

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On Wednesday morning, he was arrested in Illinois and is expected to be charged with first-degree murder.

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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.

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https://www.twitter.com/AnnCoulter/status/1298711658362056704

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.

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“How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?” Carlson asked.

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Former MLB player and now right-wing troll Aubrey Huff declared Rittenhouse a national treasure in a tweet that appears to have been deleted.

https://twitter.com/tmsnx/status/1298981851306930176
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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.

Jokes about him protecting Kenosha from litter and about the victims being shot are all over Twitter, despite the site’s purported ban on glorifying violence.

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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.

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Rittenhouse is slated to have a hearing this Friday.

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*First Published: Aug 27, 2020, 10:28 am