Kenosha shooter’s defense portrays him as ‘American patriot’
September 25, 2020 6:48AM CDT
ANTIOCH, IL (AP)–Lawyers for Kyle Rittenhouse have launched a social media campaign depicting the Kenosha shooter as not just a scared teenager acting in self-defense, but an American hero akin to the Minutemen who fought at the nation’s founding.
The dramatic rhetoric has helped raise nearly $2 million to pay for the 17-year-old’s defense against homicide charges in the killing of two protesters.
But some legal experts say there are risks in turning a fairly straightforward self-defense case into a sweeping political argument that could play into a stereotype that he is a gun-crazed militia member out to start a revolution.