Representative Ayanna Pressley (D., Mass.) said on Wednesday that the 17-year-old who allegedly fatally shot two people in Kenosha, Wis. while trying to defend the city from looters is a “white supremacist domestic terrorist.”
Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with murder Wednesday in connection with the prior night’s shooting. Video of the incident appears to show one victim charging the alleged shooter before shots were fired. A second victim was shot after appearing to chase and lunge at the alleged shooter who had tripped and fallen while fleeing the scene of the first shooting.
“A 17 year old white supremacist domestic terrorist drove across state lines, armed with an AR 15,” Pressley wrote on Twitter. “He shot and killed 2 people who had assembled to affirm the value, dignity, and worth of Black lives.”
A 17 year old white supremacist domestic terrorist drove across state lines, armed with an AR 15.
He shot and killed 2 people who had assembled to affirm the value, dignity, and worth of Black lives.
Fix your damn headlines.
— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) August 27, 2020
“Fix your damn headlines,” the progressive “Squad” member added. Her tweet garnered more than 66,000 retweets and 235,000 likes on Twitter by Thursday morning.
Senator Chris Murphy (D., Conn.) on Wednesday called the shooter a “deranged white nationalist Trump supporter” in response to a tweet by Representative Matt Gaetz (R., Fla.) that called on patriots to defend the country.
“The mob wants to destroy America. We need PATRIOTS who will defend her,” Gaetz tweeted.
Murphy shared Gaetz’ tweet and commented “I wonder why a deranged white nationalist Trump supporter would show up to a protest with a rifle and start shooting people.”
I wonder why a deranged white nationalist Trump supporter would show up to a protest with a rifle and start shooting people. https://t.co/gL1zpgj8J2
— Chris Murphy (@ChrisMurphyCT) August 26, 2020
Before the shooting, Rittenhouse told the Daily Caller that he was on scene with a rifle and medic bag trying to help people and protect local businesses as widespread rioting and looting had damaged the city for days.
“So people are getting injured, and our job is to protect this business, and a part of my job is to also help people,” he said. “If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself, obviously. But I also have my med kit.”