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Trump Official Says Kenosha Shooting ‘Had Nothing to Do with Our Campaign,’ Shooter Charged with Six Criminal Counts After Fleeing the State

A spokesperson from Donald Trump‘s 2020 presidential campaign issued a statement distancing the president from the Kenosha shooter after images surfaced online of Kyle Rittenhouse in the front row at a Trump rally just months prior to the shooting.

“President Trump has repeatedly and consistently condemned all forms of violence and believes we must protect all Americans from chaos and lawlessness. This individual had nothing to do with our campaign and we fully support our fantastic law enforcement for their swift action in this case,” Tim Murtaugh, a campaign spokesperson, said to Buzzfeed News.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with shooting and killing two demonstrators and injuring another at a protest for 29-year-old Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Tuesday night. Blake was shot in the back seven times and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Kyle Rittenhouse at January Trump rally. (Photo: CSPAN)

After the shooting, information about Rittenhouse began to spread online. His social media profiles feature posts consumed with expressing support for law enforcement and for Donald Trump. “Blue Lives Matter,” and “Trump 2020” are found in Rittenhouse’s TikTok bio.


On Jan. 30, Rittenhouse attended a Trump rally in De Moines, Iowa, and was captured on camera standing in the front row of the crowd. Rittenhouse, who lives in Antioch, Illinois, drove 20 miles to confront protesters in Kenosha.

During an interview that took place on the night of the protests, but before the shootings, Rittenhouse told a journalist it is his job to protect people.

“Part of my job also is to protect people. If someone is hurt, I’m running into harm’s way,” he said. Video footage shows that Rittenhouse was heavily armed at the demonstration.

Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth associated Rittenhouse with a group of armed vigilantes that approached him to request that they be deputized so they could help law enforcement during the protest.

“I think they were part of this group that wanted me to deputize them,” he said of the shooter.

The Grayslake Police Department in Illinois says Rittenhouse is former public safety cadet.

Rittenhouse fraternized with police officers on the night of the shooting. A video clip shows the teen speaking to an officer who offered him water.

Immediately after the shooting, a witness is heard saying “that dude just shot them” in reference to Rittenhouse, who is standing with his hands raised in the air. Instead of apprehending Rittenhouse, officers drove straight past him toward the crowd of protesters.

Sheriff Beth did not offer an explanation as to why Rittenhouse was not detained, but said officers have “tunnel vision” during loud situations. He was arrested on Wednesday at his mother’s home in Antioch. Court documents say Rittenhouse “fled the state of Wisconsin with the intent to avoid prosecution for that offense.”

On social media, people drew comparisons between authorities’ treatment of the armed Rittenhouse and of unarmed Black men and boys.

Kenosha County prosecutors have charged Rittenhouse with first-degree reckless homicide, first degree intentional homicide, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety. He has also been charged with attempted first-degree intentional homicide, and possession of a dangerous weapon while under 18

Authorities say Rittenhouse shot to death a 26-year-old resident of Silver Lake, Wisconsin, Anthony Huber, and a 36-year-old from Kenosha, Joseph Rosenbaum. Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, also was injured in the shooting but is expected to survive.

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10 thoughts on “Trump Official Says Kenosha Shooting ‘Had Nothing to Do with Our Campaign,’ Shooter Charged with Six Criminal Counts After Fleeing the State

  1. Gerry says:

    I truly am aggravated with this, this was intentional his mother is guilty and needs to be charged with aiding a child and killing people she drove him there with intent to kill. Lock them both up and fire the police!! Hate crime

  2. Anonymous says:

    Well, when you attack someone that is armed, expect them to defend themselves. All three of the attackers were convicted felons. The survivor should get 10 years for a felon in possession of a fire stem. The other two were pedeophiles and rapists and also convicted of domestic abuse by strangulation. Clean up that swamp!

  3. Mary says:

    THIS TO ANONYMOUS: Either you are A Bigoted judge,lawyer& is reading from a made up LIARS BS rap sheet or one of those bigoted corrupt cops who allowed & encouraged that foolish teenage racist to shoot to kill. You are one of a root cause for such blind hate. That killer teenage kid should get “Life & 1 Dark Day”. …His mother should get Life for being a stupid RACIST parent & You should get 10 years for your racists dumb lies.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Says the coward who posts anonymously 🙄

  5. Robert Gallagher says:

    Let the boy go . He was try to help the people. And these 3 people had no right to chase him. He under 18 and he was scared for his life . And the one man pulled a gun on him first . He had a right to perteck him self . These criminal men were causeing a miner . And he trying to help the people and the police. Save the city. President trump pardon him . What about the black man shot Conner in the head from behind at point blank range in front of his sister they were riding there bikes . He was only 5 years old . He didn’t deserve to die . And the police let the black killer go . Enough is enough. Please help this young Americans boy . He has more balls then a lot of people. Let him go . Please he is inacent . He didn’t know the world would hate white people. And blame us for everything that happens to them .

  6. Lawrence Johnson says:

    Amazing how trump never has anything to do with the crap that comes from his mouth. That boy who sat front row to see his idol,(dumb Donald)saying that his supporters shouldn’t have to deal with the protesters and that they are up to no good thought he was doing the right thing by listening to the wrong person. Trump said he wouldn’t take the blame for anything and that’s the only promise that he kept. Turning on his own supporters. What a lowlife 🤡

  7. Anonymous says:

    Stop defending the kid. He didn’t know any of his victims personally. Their charges don’t matter here. He crossed state lines with an illegally owned fire arm and killed 2 almost 3 PEOPLE. This kids not a hero. If he had darker skin he would have been pumped with led but instead he walked right by police officers and got a drink of water. You’re a blind trump loving fool if you think any of these actions are ok

  8. Anonymous says:

    How do you know that they were rapist?You guys will say anything to justify shootings.

  9. Airborne says:

    Anonymous where did u get your fake information from about the three men who were shot ? Two died and one was seriously wounded. What proof do u have that they were felons ? The felon was the underage butthole who came looking to kill not protect. When u look for trouble you often find it. His ass needs to be charged as an adult and sentence to life in prison. He should be made an example of. That’s how u deter illegal murder by a 17 year old carrying a weapon while underage and used it to kill peaceful protesters. His mother should be in prison also for aiding and abetting a person who just committed a felonious crime. Anonymous get your facts straight stop hiding under anonymous and let your balls drop and be man enough to show your face or real birth name. Stop spreading false accusations about people or crimes u have no proof o.

  10. ND says:

    Why is it everytime someone is killed or hurt there’s always seem to be a negative report that they did this or that.. That not the issue No Man or Woman has the right to take a Life they did Give.

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