It’s the Democrats’ fault Kyle Rittenhouse went to a protest where he killed two lefty demonstrators with an illegal gun, his mom claimed Wednesday, as she revealed she didn’t even know her teenage son was at the out-of-state rally in the first place.
“No one should have been there … the protesters should not have been there,” single mom-of-three Wendy Rittenhouse told the Chicago Tribune of the Aug. 25 riot in which her son killed two people and blew off a third’s bicep with an illegally obtained rifle.
“My son shouldn’t have been there either,” she said of the 17-year-old wannabe cop who traveled across state lines from home in Illinois amid ongoing unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, 29.
Instead, the nursing assistant blamed police and Wisconsin’s Democratic governor, Tony Evers, for failing to crack down on the riots, leading to armed militia groups gathering to try to protect local businesses that were being looted and torched.
“The police should have helped the businesses out instead of having a 17-year-old kid helping him,” she said. “The police should have been involved with these people that lost their businesses. They should have stepped up.”
The mom, who is living in an undisclosed location, refused to discuss the high-powered rifle her son used, which was illegally given to him by a friend according to prosecutors — but said she had no problem with teenagers possessing guns.
“I believe in my Second Amendment. I do,” she told the Tribune.
“I’m 100% right to bear arms. If it’s a handgun, a 12-gauge, a 22, AR-15,” she said, saying she “told my son, ‘you have to respect the gun.’ ”
The mom claimed that viral photos and videos of the shooting prove that it was self-defense. “He was in danger,” she insisted of her teen son.
She spent much of the interview calling for her son’s release on bail, scoffing at suggestions he could flee, the Tribune said. Prosecutors have said he already fled across state lines once after the shootings.
“I have $1.20 in my account. You think I can get on a plane?” she said — ignoring the flood of donations that have come in to support her family.
A gun-rights group along with one backing militias have given a combined $100,000 to help with her personal expenses — while a legal defense fund has raised nearly $2 million, her attorney confirmed.
The support dwarfs the $250,000 given to online fundraisers to help the families of the three men who were shot, the paper noted.
The teenage gunman is still being held on $2 million bail for the homicides of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, as well as the attempted homicide of Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, who survived being shot in the arm.
Grosskreutz’s attorney, Kimberley Motley, called it troubling that no one stopped a teenager from going to a protest with a gun during a pandemic.
“I cannot think of any good reason why Rittenhouse was carrying a weapon on the streets during the protests, and I don’t think he can either,” she told the Tribune.
Huber’s father, John Huber, told an earlier bail hearing that the teen’s self-defense argument was “impossible” — calling him an “active shooter” who “tried to flee.”
“And my son lost his life protecting other people. He was a hero. Anyone who says otherwise is dead wrong,” Huber told the court.
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