Kyle Rittenhouse has been accused of throwing up the white power sign at a bar.
According to USA Today, the Trump-supporting domestic terrorist that wreaked havoc in Kenosha and shot two protestors dead might be a white supremacist. The 18-year-old is out free on a $2 million bail, and Wisconsin prosecutors have requested a judge order him to stay out of bars and away from the shamed Proud Boys organization.
The request was made a week after Rittenhouse was seen drinking at a tavern outside Kenosha following his not guilty plea. After his hearing, his mother took him and several others to Pudgy’s Pub in Mount Pleasant. There, he was seen drinking beer while wearing a T-shirt that read “Free as (expletive),” USA Today reports. It is legal in Wisconsin for Rittenhouse to drink three beers over 90 minutes with his mother’s attendance.
Rittenhouse was charged with shooting and killing two people and wounding a third during the unrest in Kenosha that took place after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse’s attorney responded to the motion, saying that his client does not associate with such groups. He called prosecutors’ attempt “a not-so-thinly veiled attempt to interject the issue of race into a case that is about a person’s right to self-defense.”
Rittenhouse was seen making what appears to be an OK sign, a symbol that has been used and adopted by white supremacists and white supremacist groups. Rittenhouse took a photo with two men outside of the bar before entering and made the hand symbol again while he was inside the pub. During his time at the bar, five men serenaded Rittenhouse, singing “Proud of Your Boy” – a song originally written for a Disney film but has been adopted as an anthem by the Proud Boys. Proud Boys were one of the few white supremacist extremist groups that were seen terrorizing the U.S. Capitol last week.
“The defendant’s continued association with members of a group that prides itself on violence, and the use of their symbols, raises the significant possibility of future harm. Further, this association may serve to intimidate potential witnesses,” the motion reads.
Rittenhouse has been suing multiple people who have been accusing him of being a white supremacist. But if the shoe fits, should you not wear it?