The 17-year-old allegedly killed two people and wounded one in Kenosha, Wisconsin, after he was mobbed and attacked by rioters there. All three of his violent attackers had criminal records, with one being a convicted pedophile.
Conservative writer and YouTube personality Mark Dice said that Facebook threatened to suspend his page after he posted a video showing Rittenhouse offering medical help to wounded protestors in Kenosha before the shooting took place. He reported that they also threatened to delete his Facebook account.
A spokesperson for Facebook confirmed it was taking action against posts supporting Rittenhouse, saying: “We’ve designated the shooting in Kenosha a mass murder and are removing posts in support of the shooter, including this one.”
However, it is worth noting that the post by Dice did not praise him. Instead, it simply described the content of the video. In fact, Dice said he went out of his way to be careful about the words he chose because he suspected that Facebook would have added Rittenhouse to its list of “dangerous individuals.”
He said: “[The posts] were all very matter of fact about what happened. No praise, nor celebration, nothing like that because I figured that they added Kyle to the 'dangerous individual' [list].”
So, let’s get this straight: According to Facebook, an act of self-defense makes you a "mass murderer," but those rioters who actually do commit murder and other crimes are let off the hook. It is clear that the three men Rittenhouse shot were trying to kill him and that he acted in self-defense.
We know this because there is video footage showing him running in a parking lot to get away from a violent rioter who was chasing him. He only turned around and shot the rioter when he got too close. After that, a group of violent rioters chased after him. He fell down during the chase and was attacked by a group of men. One tried to bash his head in with a skateboard; one whipped out a handgun. At this point, he fired his rifle at the assailants.
Rittenhouse had told several journalists earlier that day that he was there to protect a local business. When The Daily Caller’s chief video director, Richie McGinniss, interviewed him, he said he brought his firearm in case a dangerous situation arose. In an interview with Blaze TV’s Elijah Schaffer, he also stated he was there to protect private property. Rittenhouse cut the interview short so he could render aid to an individual who had been injured in the riots.
Some evidence even suggests that Rittenhouse himself supports the peaceful protests and is against police violence, although he does not support rioting and destroying property. It’s believed the rioters initially turned on him after seeing him try to extinguish car fires that had been set at a local church.
Dice tweeted a video showing that he used a fire extinguisher to put out a fire: “It appears he handed it off to someone else, who put out the (literal) dumpster fire, causing the rioters to begin confronting the peace keepers, resulting in Joe Rosenbaum charging at Kyle Rittenhouse trying to take his gun (eye witness who spoke with police confirms).”
The mainstream media has been trying to portray his assailants as civil rights heroes, even though their rap sheets include sex crimes with minors, battery and strangulation. And Facebook, as usual, is quick to pile on the censorship to ensure its millions of users only get one side of the story. In addition to banning posts in support of the young man, Facebook has blocked searches on the name “Kyle Rittenhouse.” They also removed his profile and blocked people from creating new ones using the name.
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