Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy, blamed protesters and law enforcement for a deadly night in Kenosha, Wisconsin, which ended with her 17-year-old son shooting two protesters down.
Talk to Chicago Tribune, the 45-year-old said the protesters should not have been there the night they were shot by her son, she blamed Kenosha police and state and local government for the deadly incident and expressed strong support for the Second Amendment. According to Tribune, she expressed little sympathy for the families of the victims.
The shooting took place when protests erupted in Kenosha after white police officer Rusten Sheskey shot Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man in the back, at point blank range. Civilian militias took to the streets with guns, saying they wanted to help local law enforcement protect the town from protesters, and Rittenhouse was among them that fateful night.
Wendy Rittenhouse said she had no idea her son was at the feverish scene that night and expressed anger at local police and government for making her son feel the need to protect the city. “The police should have been helping businesses instead of asking for help from a 17-year-old,” she said. “The police should have been involved with these people who lost their business. They should have stepped up.
She continued, “No one should have been there… The protesters should not have been there too. My son shouldn’t have been there either.
The mother declined to say whether she knew her son owned the gun, but said she saw no problem with teens with powerful guns if they “respect” the gun. Kyle Rittenhouse was reportedly armed with an AR-15 type rifle on the night of the shooting. “I am 100% right to bear arms,” said Wendy Rittenhouse. “You have to respect the weapon. And I said to my son, “You have to respect the gun” and everything. “
Repeating the earlier sentiments of her son’s lawyer and President Donald Trump, Wendy Rittenhouse claimed that her son acted in self-defense. According to Tribune, she chose a video of the night that made her ‘sick’, and it was a recording of a group of protesters approaching her son – not the footage of him shooting them above. “Self-defense,” she told the newspaper, adding, “He was in danger.”
When asked if she wanted to convey a message to the families of the two men who lost their lives that night, she reportedly cited a recent bail hearing in which the father of a victim gave criticized her son and refused to express condolences. “I’m not saying anything because I watched when he had his bail hearing and I’m not going to say anything,” she said.
John Huber, the father of 26-year-old victim Anthony Huber, had previously rejected attempts to claim Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense when Anthony was shot and killed. The 26-year-old was running towards Rittenhouse after the first shot when he was hit.
“This defense of self-defense? It’s impossible, ”John Huber said at a hearing last week. “[Rittenhouse] was an active shooter and he tried to flee. And my son lost his life protecting other people. He was a hero. Anyone who says otherwise is completely wrong. “
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