Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Conspiracy theories flood internet ahead of verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse is currently on trial for killing two men and wounding another one in August last year


                            Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Conspiracy theories flood internet ahead of verdict
Kyle Rittenhouse (Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: The case of Kyle Rittenhouse has been creating a lot of buzz across the US since last year. But after his trial began this year, the chaos, online and offline, has increased manifold, accelerating partisan divisions countrywide. While Black Lives Matter (BLM) supporters and liberals want Rittenhouse to be found guilty, conservatives have dubbed him a 'hero' who saved himself from rioters.

The 18-year-old has been accused of killing two men — Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26 — and wounding 28-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz on August 25, 2020, after protests erupted in the Wisconsin town of Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Prosecutors have accused Rittenhouse of acting as a “wannabe soldier” and inciting violence by holding an assault rifle.

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He has been charged with first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, and use of a dangerous weapon. But the teenager has pleaded not guilty and claimed to act in self-defense on August 25, 2020.

Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down on the stand as he testifies about his encounter with the late Joseph Rosenbaum during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin (Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

Though jurors are still deliberating over the case, Rittenhouse’s supporters have swamped Twitter with conspiracy theories and want the case to end in a “mistrial”. Handbrake Poso, Senior Editor of @HumanEvents, tweeted: “Two jurors holding decision up, outright citing backlash, per US Marshal in Kenosha. More: Worried about media leaking their names, what will happen to their families, jobs, etc. Including doxxing threats from ‘anarchist groups’.”  But soon, a user pointed out that “US Marshall’s have nothing to do with the Rittenhouse trial. It is a state issue, not a federal one. And if you’re getting data from jurors, then they’re in violation because jurors cannot discuss the trial or their views until the trial ends.”



 



 



 



 

Kyle Rittenhouse, center, enters the courtroom after a break at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin (Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

Tim Pool also agreed with Poso and posted, “Mistrial with prejudice.” Another right-wing Twitter user shared, “WOW!!! Binger withheld HD drone footage from Rittenhouse’s defense This might be the last straw for Judge Schroeder Mistrial with prejudice?” A supporter tweeted,“CHEATERS!!!! #ProsecutorialMisconduct.”



 



 



 

A user noted, “I figured the only way this travesty of justice didn't end today with a #NotGuilty was if a couple radical Biden BLM supporters made it on the Jury and caused a mistrial. Looks like I was right.” Another one added: “The prosecution withheld evidence, and it seems clear they did it on purpose. This trial should be over, mistrial with prejudice, and the prosecutor sanctioned and investigated.”



 



 

However, people who want Rittenhouse to be behind bars did not hold back as one said, “This RACIST lawyer Kevin Gough is still having a problem with Black People in the courtroom. He wants a mistrial because there’s too much support for the family of Ahmaud Arbery, HELL NO! #McMichaelBryanTrial.” The second one wrote, “Mistrial or not, i have never seen someone who is on trial for multiple murder charges standing behind the judge with no handcuffs. Then again all his bills have been paid for including bail and he is being painted as a hero for killing people he didnt know. #KyleRittennhouse.”

A demonstrator holds a sign with images of the men Kyle Rittenhouse shot, while protesting outside of the Kenosha County Courthouse as the jury listens to closing arguments in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse on November 15, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin (Scott Olson/Getty Images)