Removal Of Kyle Rittenhouse From Arizona State University Demanded By Students

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Students at Arizona State University are demanding that school officials remove Kyle Rittenhouse from the university after his recent trial on homicide charges ended in a not guilty verdict. Infamously, Rittenhouse shot and killed two people amid anti-police brutality protests last year, and he claimed to be acting in self-defense when doing so, which the jury in his case evidently accepted — and which led to his acceptance as some demented kind of folk hero among certain right-wingers.

Rittenhouse is a student at Arizona State University. The student organizations backing Rittenhouse’s forced withdrawal from the school include Arizona State University’s Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU. There’s also a “rally and protest to get murderer Kyle Rittenhouse off our campus” planned for December 1, and besides the removal of Rittenhouse from the school, students behind these efforts are also demanding (among other things) a statement from school administrators “against white supremacy & racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse.”

A spokesperson from the Students for Socialism group at the school told Fox News that the “goal of these demands is to let the ASU administration know that we as the ASU community do not feel safe knowing that a mass shooter, who has expressed violent intentions about ‘protecting property’ over people, is so carelessly allowed to be admitted to the school at all,” adding that the “campus is already unsafe as is, and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.” More broadly, the spokesperson added regarding the case that the “decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with.”

In contrast, far-right members of Congress like Reps. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), and Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) responded to the Rittenhouse acquittal by offering him a Congressional internship, despite the fact that his claim to fame, so to speak, is killing people. Rep. Cori Bush (D-Mo.) called for those offering Rittenhouse an internship to be expelled from Congress, although such a move would unfortunately require the agreement of two-thirds of the chamber — and currently, Democrats only have a very slim majority.