A photo of Kyle Rittenhouse and Donald Trump meeting has been liked on Twitter thousands of times, sparking debate.
During a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020, Rittenhouse fatally shot two people, Anthony Huber and Joshua Ziminski. Gaige Grosskreutz was also shot by Rittenhouse but only wounded.
Last week Friday, all charges against Rittenhouse were dropped and it was ruled he acted in self-defense.
Former President Donald Trump sent an emailed statement to his followers after the court case ended.
It read: “Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being found INNOCENT of all charges. It’s called being found NOT GUILTY- and by the way, if that’s not self-defense, nothing is!”
Trump has since met with Rittenhouse at Mar-a-Lago. A photo of the pair has sparked a debate with some praising the president’s support and others questioning whether it is appropriate.
Trump spoke to Fox News’ Sean Hannity and discussed the issue on Tuesday night.
Trump said: “I have to say, Kyle, I got to know him a little bit, he called and wanted to know if he could come over and say hello because he was a fan.
“He came over with his mother and he is really is a nice young man. What he went through, that was prosecutorial misconduct and he should not have had to suffer through a trial for that.
“He was going to be dead, if he didn’t pull that trigger, the guy that put the gun to his head, in one-quarter of a second he was going to pull the trigger, Kyle was going to be dead.
“He is really a good young guy, he is 18 years old and just left Mar-a-Lago a little while ago.
“He should never have been put through that, that was prosecutorial misconduct and it is happening happened all over the United States right now with the Democrats.”
Donald Trump Jr. posted the picture of Rittenhouse and his father to his Twitter page. It has already amassed over 34,000 likes.
Some social media users took issue with the picture and began commenting underneath the post.
One Twitter user wrote: “I am sorry but this is wrong. Rittenhouse was absolutely innocent, his intent pure, and his trigger control fantastic.
“Do we really need to celebrate someone that shot 3 people regardless of the reason? What good comes from turning this kid into a political mascot?”
Another person wrote: “Let me put it this way, this pic tells more than a thousand words. Your daddy is celebrating a young boy who has killed two people.
“It doesn’t matter if he was found guilty or not, he has killed with a loaded gun. Rittenhouse is not a role model for juveniles.”
Another Twitter user added: “My God I feel bad for this kid. As if his whole situation wasn’t enough, now he’s being paraded around as if he’s a hero.
“He was within his right to defend himself, that doesn’t make him a hero.”
Other people were more supportive of the two meeting after the trial.
One social media user wrote: “Pure disbelief on Kyle’s face that he is standing next to President Trump.
“Talk about a whirlwind of emotions these past few months, extreme lows to extreme highs, I’m happy for him.”
Another person added: “Not only is he correct in supporting Kyle but he also knows that taking a picture with him will take a little bit of heat off Kyle for a bit.
“President Trump you are a great man and Kyle, stay strong and steadfast in your beliefs.”