The teenager who has been accused of shooting and killing two Black Lives Matter (BLM) rioters in Kenosha, Wisconsin ran a fundraiser on Facebook at one time to “humanize” police officers, according to past social media posts.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old who was charged Thursday with homicide, urged friends on the social media site in December 2018 to donate to the charity Humanizing the Badge for his 16th birthday, the Washington Post reported Thursday.
Using Facebook’s fundraising function, Rittenhouse wrote that the group was trying to “forge stronger relationships between law enforcement officers and the communities they serve.” That’s not a bad thing to most Americans. Don’t know about the modern-day Democratic Party or the goons
However, the cop-boosting non-profit — which bills itself as an “organization seeking to show the human side of the men and women behind the badge” — said it didn’t have any “direct affiliation” with the accused killer.
“It is a mischaracterization of the Facebook fundraiser process to state that Rittenhouse ‘held a fundraiser’ for Humanizing the Badge, which has left some people with the impression that he has some direct affiliation with our organization because he does not,” the charity wrote on Facebook Thursday.
The teen’s post is one of several showing that he frequently praised law enforcement on social media, typically with references to #Blue Lives Matter. In different photos, he’s shown holding a rifle.
Rittenhouse declared that he was part of an armed militia group that wanted to “protect” Kenosha residents and businesses from violent protests after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by police, in the city Sunday. This is called the Bubba Effect, where citizens take matters into their own hands to protect themselves when they feel the government is no longer doing so.
On Thursday, he was charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and first-degree intentional homicide in the death of Anthony Huber, 26.
On Friday, President Donald Trump stated that the National Guard stopped the violence and the rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in the aftermath of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Trump took to social media to mention the violence was quelled.
“Success: Since the National Guard moved into Kenosha, Wisconsin, two days ago, there has been NO FURTHER VIOLENCE, not even a small problem. When legally asked to help by local authorities, the Federal Government will act and quickly succeed. Are you listening Portland?”
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Wednesday that Trump “assisted Wisconsin in the deployment of almost 1,000 National Guard and over 200 federal law enforcement personnel” after a phone call from Democratic Governor Tony Evers.
Evers must have seen the poll numbers and realized that the American people don’t like it when politicians who are supposed to protect them, their property, and the cities don’t do their job and put everyone at risk of being harmed.
On Monday, Evers finally mobilized the National Guard by dispatching 150 guardsmen to Kenosha as widespread looting and arson continued after Blake was shot Sunday. By Tuesday, he increased the number of guardsmen to 250.
Mark Meadows, the White House Chief of Staff said Tuesday that Evers had refused an offer of federal help. Trump has said many times that the federal government is prepared and waiting for the call. The president always reminds us that he abides by the rule of law, and the law stipulates that federal enforcement cannot just waltz into a city, unless federal property is being destroyed.
The governor accepted federal help after the Tuesday night shooting deaths by Rittenhouse. It’s a shame that it had to come to that for the governor to come to his senses and accept help from Trump.
Trump has repeatedly implored governors to deploy the National Guard to stop looting and arson amid national unrest sparked by the May killing of George Floyd by Minnesota police.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr. and owner of Maga-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty and faith.
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