Posted on March 21, 2024

Kyle Rittenhouse Is Heckled Off Stage with His Service Dog by BLM Protesters

Nic White, Daily Mail, March 20, 2024

The 21-year-old, who was acquitted of murder for shooting dead two people at a BLM rally in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020, was addressing students at the University of Memphis.

The speech was a stop on his tour for conservative group Turning Point USA, focusing on the Second Amendment, and ‘the lies of Black Lives Matter’.

Before he could deliver his planned remarks, protesters heckled and screamed, and he was escorted off the stage with his service dog.

The protesters then rushed to the parking garage, where the event organizers were parked, chanting ‘Black Lives Matter!’ as they tried to leave.

Hundreds of protesting students were already waiting when he arrived, holding signs supporting BLM and calling Rittenhouse a murderer.

Other signs included the faces of Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, whom Rittenhouse shot dead with his AR-15 rifle.

Rittenhouse gunned down the pair at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25, 2020, after they tried to grab his rifle.

He successfully claimed he killed them in self-defense after they hit him with a skateboard and grabbed the barrel of his gun, at a highly publicized trial in 2021.

Some protesters even brought musical instruments like saxophones, and even an entire drum kit, to make the speech even harder to hear.

‘I was violently attacked by a mob of rioters and…’ Rittenhouse began, before he was drowned out by boos and jeers.

‘Thank you very much, wonderful crowd you guys have here, very professional, very respectful… Ain’t none of that walkouts, children.’

With too much noise to give his speech, Rittenhouse instead moved straight to the question and answer section, but that didn’t last long either.

He stayed long enough to claim he was put on trial in 2021 because there was an election happening when he was charged in 2020, and walked out when asked about TPUSA founder Charlie Kirk.

‘He says we shouldn’t celebrate Juneteenth, we shouldn’t celebrate Martin Luther King Day, and we should be working those days,’ the student asked.

‘He’s told nonsense about George Floyd, and he’s said he’s scared [if] a black pilot was on the plane. Does that not seem racist?’

Rittenhouse replied: ‘I don’t know anything about that.’ A dog was visible sitting next to the lectern.

His answer prompted uproar and another student responded: ‘No, “does that seem racist?” is a yes or no question, Kyle.’

The first student then asked if Rittenhouse would consider Kirk’s statements ‘hate speech’, but he refused to comment.

People in the crowd yelled ‘deflection’ and Rittenhouse left the stage escorted by a staff member, and holding the lead of the dog.

Rittenhouse later denied he was ‘booed off stage’ and instead had a ‘hard cutoff time and just happened to leave at that’.

Videos showed a furious crowd outside chase Rittenhouse away as he and TPUSA staff ran to their cars with state troopers and campus police escorting them.

Protesters tried to stop the cars leaving, hitting and spitting on the vehicles as they tried to drive away.

Witnesses said police had to push the protesters back to allow the cars to leave and stop them from attacking the staff.

Kirk posted video from inside the pickup truck carrying himself and several other staff, one of whom cowered in her seat so protesters couldn’t see her face.

Rittenhouse’s next stop is Western Kentucky University, where he was invited to speak by a campus organization.

He was just 17 when he showed up to the chaotic protest the followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, an unarmed black man shot seven times by a white policeman at a traffic stop, rendering him paralyzed.

Rittenhouse said he was there with a group of locals defending businesses from looting, and was carrying the assault rifle strapped to his shoulder.

He shot Rosenbaum four times after the man threw a bag of clothing at him and grabbed the barrel of his rifle.

Rittenhouse then fled and was pursued by a crowd when Huber caught up to him, hit him with a skateboard, and tried to wrestle away the rifle. He was shot once.

His lawyers argued he was ‘attacked him in the street like an animal’ and only fired because he was in fear of his life.

Rittenhouse after his acquittal appeared on several right-wing talk shows, met Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, and gave speeches for TPUSA.

His image was used to sell everything from guns to clothing and video games and became a popular meme among right-wing social media users.