Joining Charlie Kirk, Jack Posobiec and others onstage during Monday’s AmericaFest 2021 event hosted by Turning Point USA, Kyle Rittenhouse was greeted by a boisterous crowd in Phoenix, Arizona.
Horns blared and a hip-hop song blasted, singing, “Kyle Rittenhouse,” as the recently-acquitted young man made his appearance.
See a backstage view below:
A leftist Twitter account called “AZ Right Wing Watch” posted footage of the event, complaining that “thousands of cheering fans” were chanting Kyle’s name.
“He even gets his own Kyle Rittenhouse-themed song to come out to,” the account wrote.
According to the liberal reporter embedded in the crowd, “The crowd for Rittenhouse was surreal. People near me came to AmFest just to see him, a teen by me couldn’t stop saying ‘based’ once he was on stage. They asked if any of the women in the crowd wanted to go on a date with him & there were loud cheers. Someone had a ‘kiss me’ sign.“
During his interview, Rittenhouse hinted at suing media companies that may have slandered his name during the trial.
Kyle said he talked with Nicholas Sandmann, who has successfully sued CNN and NBC for millions of dollars, about pursuing legal action.
The reception Rittenhouse received has left-wing media outlets, pundits and voters all freaking out.
An NBC headline following the event reads, “Kyle Rittenhouse speaking at Turning Point USA conference sends a dangerous message.”
“Whether or not you agree with the verdict is one thing; glorifying someone who fatally shot two people and injured another (even though acquitted) is another,” the article states.
A writer for the Guardian and Observer wrote on Twitter, “This is so dark. Kyle Rittenhouse being feted as an American hero. This is Turning Point USA. Their $$$ all over UK politics too… America is in so much trouble but so are we.”
A Los Angeles Fox News anchor seemed upset that Kyle is “now seen as a hero by some activists on the right.”
The editor-in-chief for pop culture magazine Complex said Rittenhouse’s “Wrestlemania-quality entrance” is proof we “live in a hellscape.”
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes called the scene “despicable and ominous.”