‘The crowd for Rittenhouse was surreal!’ Beyond rock star welcome for Kyle at his first rally

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Kyle Rittenhouse doesn’t appear to be going into hiding anytime soon. Defense attorney Mark Richards suggested in November that the teen should probably “change his name and start his life over,” but Rittenhouse appeared Monday in Phoenix, AZ at Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest where he was given the rockstar treatment by the crowd.

After Rittenhouse was acquitted in November on all five counts of which he was charged, Mark Richards held a press conference where he said of his client, “He’s very recognizable right now. There’s a lot of people who I don’t think have his best interests at heart, and probably want to make him a symbol of something I don’t think he wants to be necessarily associated with.”

But Rittenhouse hasn’t shied away from any attention, and perhaps he can’t and shouldn’t. After all, the televised trial ensnared the attention of the whole country – perhaps much of the world – so it’s not as if the public wants him to disappear from normal life in the style of gangster Henry Hill. It does raise questions about why some cases are sensationalized through television and why others are not. The Ghislaine Maxwell trial, for example, has been relatively secretive, lending to speculation that too many high-powered people might be exposed in the wake of discovery.

Rittenhouse sat down with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson after his acquittal, the footage of which is included in a new documentary from “Tucker Carlson Originals” entitled “The Trial of Kyle.”

On Monday, the 18-year-old made an appearance at the aforementioned AmericaFest in Phoenix, and prior to his introduction, those in attendance were treated to footage of the new documentary.

“Get loud, for Kyle Rittenhouse,” Turning Point USA founder Charlie Kirk told the audience.

Massive applause poured forth from the crowd, with some expressing to AZ Watch – which posted footage of the event on Twitter – that they were in attendance specifically to see Rittenhouse. Cheers gave way to chants of “Kyle! Kyle! Kyle!” as he arrived on stage.

Rittenhouse has been the subject of several interviews and podcasts since his acquittal, with many hosts asking if, when, and who the young man will sue for defamation of character. As BPR reported recently, in an appearance with Glenn Beck on BlazeTV, Rittenhouse said he would be going after his former and first pair of attorneys for restitution first.

“I think that the lawsuits against the media are not only right — I’m not a suing guy, I hate lawsuits — are not only right and righteous but are absolutely necessary if we’re gonna survive,” Beck told Rittenhouse. “Do you agree with that?”

He responded by saying that he is considering becoming an attorney because “I believe I can help more people.”

“Right, but suing the media, will that take a lot of time out of your schooling or do you have a good team that can take all of that? Are you gonna sue the pants off the media? That’s what I want to know,” Beck asked.

“We’re gonna focus on our number-one fight we’re dealing with right now with the guy who’s been lying, Lin Wood and John Pierce. We’re gonna focus on them right now but maybe down the line in the future. We don’t know yet, but we’re gonna focus on those liars,” Rittenhouse asserted.

It has been suggested that Rittenhouse should also sue President Joe Biden, who was a private citizen at the time he ran a campaign ad that dishonestly painted the young man as a white supremacist.


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