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.
Many parents of color see the not guilty verdicts in the Rittenhouse trial as just one example of what their children face every day. https://t.co/LmvfQO3Qxe
— NBC News (@NBCNews) November 29, 2021
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.”
Join us and rally against racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse being permitted on our campus – Wednesday at 3:30 outside the Nelson Fine Arts Center on campus pic.twitter.com/4Hs3JxRqtY
— Students for Socialism ASU 🚩 (@SFSASU) November 26, 2021
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.”
Kyle Rittenhouse became a MAGA folk hero simply because he embodies them: entitled, violent, and believing himself above the law. He has is an avatar for the white supremacy they have been nestled and the power they imagine is their birthright.https://t.co/cPHujMRyEm
— John Pavlovitz (@johnpavlovitz) November 29, 2021
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.
The fracture in the QAnon movement has continued to widen after Kyle Rittenhouse called Wood "insane." https://t.co/0C2BkvKUT4
— HuffPost Politics (@HuffPostPol) November 29, 2021