Kyle Rittenhouse — he of the August 25, 2020 Kenosha protests where he shot two people, supposedly in self-defense — was seen partying with the Proud Boys the other day.
Rittenhouse had argued at his parole hearing that he (at the time only 17 years old) had traveled to Kenosha — armed with a gun he purchased using an effing coronavirus relief stimulus check — allegedly to protect a car dealership that had been looted the previous night. According to a story which first ran in the Washington Post:
Shortly after pleading not guilty to murder and weapons charges earlier this month, Kyle Rittenhouse showed up at a bar in Mount Pleasant, Wis., clad in a T-shirt that said “Free as F***”, prosecutors said. Then the 18-year-old allegedly drank three beers, posed for photos with members of Proud Boys and flashed a “white power” hand sign.
The excursion raised red flags for prosecutors handling the state’s case against Rittenhouse, who is charged with fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during an August protest following the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
On Wednesday, the Kenosha County District Attorney’s Office asked a judge to forbid Rittenhouse from drinking alcohol, using “white supremacist” signs, and spending time with members of the Proud Boys, a male-chauvinist group with ties to white nationalism.
Kyle, you do realize this footage can be used in your Trial, correct?
Last night, Kyle and I had a little conversation about this.
Me: Kyle you do realize this footage can be used at your Trial, correct?
Kyle: Dude, I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Me: Well, you’re making a “law and order” self-defense claim. You claim that you came to Kenosha — a town that you don’t live in — to protect a car dealership, correct?
Kyle: Yeah. So what?
Me: And the prosecutors claim that you were actually out hunting for protestors.
Kyle: Yeah. So what?
Me: And you do realize that palling around with white supremacists will strengthen the prosecutors’ argument that you were actually out hunting for protestors, correct?
Kyle: No sir!
Me: Yes sir!