Two-time World Series champion Aubrey Huff praised the 17-year-old who was charged with killing two people during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“#KyleRittenhouse is a national treasure,” Huff tweeted on Wednesday night in a post referring to 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse was arrested and charged with murder for allegedly shooting three people, two fatally, following altercations during a riot over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Huff’s post was liked and retweeted thousands of times before being deleted Thursday morning following mixed reactions of both support and disgust.
While many verified Twitter accounts slammed the former slugger as being racist, several prominent conservatives echoed similar sentiments. Fox News host Tucker Carlson, for example, argued that Americans shouldn’t be surprised Rittenhouse attempted to “maintain order” after local officials declined to “enforce the law” and “watched Kenosha burn.”
“People in charge, from the governor of Wisconsin on down, refused to enforce the law,” Carlson added. “They stood back and watched Kenosha burn. So are we really surprised looting and arson accelerated to murder? How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would?”
Others argued that the many viral videos of the incidents show that the teenager was acting in self-defense.
“Have we seen any video of Kyle Rittenhouse than shows anything other than self-defense?” columnist Matt Walsh of Daily Wire tweeted.
Have we seen any video of Kyle Rittenhouse than shows anything other than self-defense?
— Matt Walsh (@MattWalshBlog) August 27, 2020
Others, primarily on the Left, dismissed the idea that Rittenhouse had the right to defend himself from being attacked because he was wrong to have traveled from Illinois to be there in the first place.
“Anyone defending Kyle Rittenhouse by saying it’s self-defense to go into middle of protest with a weapon & start shooting be careful about your standard,” political commentator Cenk Uygur tweeted. “Is the left-wing also allowed to do that? Walk into a Bundy protest with weapons and start shooting & claim self-defense?”
Anyone defending Kyle Rittenhouse by saying it's self-defense to go into middle of protest with a weapon & start shooting be careful about your standards. Is the left-wing also allowed to do that? Walk into a Bundy protest with weapons and start shooting & claim self-defense?
— Cenk Uygur (@cenkuygur) August 26, 2020
The three people shot were identified on Thursday as Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony Huber, 26, and Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, the latter being the only one to survive their injuries.
The 3 shot (2 killed) in #Kenosha, Wisc. at the BLM riot have been identified.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, was the first one killed. Video allegedly shows him chasing teen shooter & throwing something at him. Rosenbaum was a registered sex offender for a sex crime involving a minor. pic.twitter.com/up1VgDyrgZ
— Andy Ngô (@MrAndyNgo) August 27, 2020
Rittenhouse is currently being held without bond in Lake County, Illinois, and is due back in court Friday for an extradition hearing for the shooting in Wisconsin.
Author : Andrew Mark Miller
Source : Washington Examiner : Former baseball player Aubrey Huff: 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse a ‘national treasure’