Kenosha alleged shooter’s social media shows support for Trump, Blue Lives Matter

    The social media accounts of the 17-year-old suspected of killing two protesters in Kenosha Tuesday night show support for President Donald Trump and the blue lives matter movement. 

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    Kyle Rittenhouse, who was arrested Wednesday in Antioch, Illinois, has two public TikTok accounts and a Facebook account. The Facebook account has been deleted. The contents of Rittenhouse’s social media, including his presence in the front row at a Trump rally in January, were first reported by Buzzfeed News

    One of his TikTok accounts includes the use of several derogatory slurs toward women and support of Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign. 

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    The bio includes the phrase, “Bruh I’m just tryna be famous” and two of the posts show him and a friend shooting firearms. It is illegal for a 17-year-old to possess a firearm in both Illinois and Wisconsin.

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    Rittenhouse’s other TikTok account includes footage from the January Trump rally. Buzzfeed found Rittenhouse in a photo of the Jan. 30 event in Des Moines, Iowa.

    In some of the TikTok videos, he appears to be wearing the same hat as the Kenosha shooter.

    Rittenhouse’s since-deleted Facebook shows him holding a rifle and repeated support for the police and the Blue Lives Matter movement, a pro-police stance that grew up in opposition to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    Henry Redman
    Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.