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Kyle Rittenhouse Mocks Himself Over Shooting Video


Gun rights activist Kyle Rittenhouse mocked himself over a video of his visit to a shooting range on social media.

Rittenhouse—who, as a 17-year-old, shot and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020—posted a video of himself shooting at barrels on X, formerly Twitter, on Sunday afternoon. The video quickly went viral, being viewed more than two million times by Monday morning.

It drew mixed reactions on social media, sparking criticism from those who believe he should have faced legal consequences for the Kenosha shooting.

In a follow-up post, Rittenhouse appeared to make fun of himself over the video, comparing himself to the main character from the 2009 comedy Paul Blart: Mall Cop.

“I felt like John Wick but I looked like Paul Blart,” he wrote.

Newsweek reached out to Rittenhouse via email for comment.

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Kyle Rittenhouse attends his trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on November 19, 2021. Rittenhouse mocked himself over a shooting video he posted to X over the weekend.

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His post drew mixed reaction on social media, with critics making fun of him over the video.

“Look at the little boy doing army cosplay,” posted Chris Liebenthal, a blogger and writer for progressive news site Crooks and Liars.

“You are FILTH,” wrote self-described “100% woke Democrat” @TheGayMuckraker.

“Admitting he looked like Paul Blart is the most self aware this clown has ever been. The feeling like John Wick part is just sad though,” posted @theSelfishMan.

Others, however, defended him.

“Looking great!” posted Jenna Ryan, who participated in the January 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol when a group of former President Donald Trump’s supporters protested the 2020 election results.

Rittenhouse fatally shot two men and injured another after rioting allegedly broke out during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha in August 2020, as the country faced nationwide protests over the police killing of George Floyd.

He was 17 years old at the time and was found not guilty of two counts of homicide, two counts of reckless endangerment, and one count of attempted homicide after a jury concluded that he was acting in self-defense in 2021. Rittenhouse said he traveled to Kenosha to help protect local businesses from potential looting.

Since his acquittal, Rittenhouse has emerged as a conservative influencer and campaigner, serving as an outreach director for the organization Texas Gun Rights, and remains popular with many on the right who supported him amid his trial.

Critics, however, have argued he did not face proper consequences for the shooting. He has participated in events at colleges across the country, drawing protests from left-leaning students this year.

In June, Rittenhouse faced a wave of criticism for calling President Joe Biden “gay” in a post on X. Earlier this year, he also faced backlash for suggesting a group of Native Americans should leave the United States.