THE family of Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse is selling “Free Kyle” merch – including a $43 bikini – to fund his murder trial defense.
Rittenhouse, 17, is charged with fatally shooting two men, and injuring another, after protests broke out in the Wisconsin city over the summer in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse’s mother is reportedly running a website that was selling ‘Free Kyle’ bikinis[/caption]
Rittenhouse is facing murder charges for fatally shooting two men in Kenosha[/caption]
The website was also offering a ‘Free Kyle’ crop top[/caption]
Those who support the teen can now purchase an array of “Free Kyle” merchandise, from crop tops to face masks to phone covers and sports bras.
The products were being sold via the family’s FreeKyleUSA website, however, the family is now claiming that their printer placed unfulfilled orders on hold due to “one complaint.”
“We had over 400 orders. This is what they fear so much,” the website says.
“…We won’t be stopped. We’ll email you when we’re back,” the announcement continues.
Fans of the teen can still donate to his cause, while they wait for the merch to become available again.
The ‘Free Kyle’ merch appears to be temporarily unavailable due to a printing issue[/caption]
The website was even selling ‘Free Kyle’ masks[/caption]
The website is reportedly run by his mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, who wrote in a statement that all of the money raised on it, via merch sales or donations, will go toward defending her son at trial.
The family set a fundraising goal of $2million.
“We estimate Kyle’s defense costs for trial to be approximately $2 to $2.5million and after turning over $2million … cash bail we are essentially starting at zero,” Wendy’s statement says.
“We still have a long way to go. I know in my heart Kyle will be acquitted.”
Rittenhouse is facing murder and attempted murder charges[/caption]
Anthony Huber was fatally shot by Rittenhouse[/caption]
Joseph Rosenbaum was fatally shot by Rittenhouse[/caption]
The website has so far raised nearly $58,000 in donations.
The teen is charged with murder in the deaths of two men – Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26 – and attempted murder of Gaige Grosskreutz, who was shot in the arm.
He crossed state lines to attend protests that broke out after police shot and paralyzed Blake in Kenosha – and brought an AR-15, which his defense claims was simply to defend himself.
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The slogan imprinted on much of the “Free Kyle” merch is: Self Defense is a Right, Not a Privilege.
One of Rittenhouse’s attorneys, Mark Richards, claimed that the teen shot the three men in self-defense.
However, many others see the fact that the teen crossed state lines to attend a protest and brought a rifle, as proof that he was attempting a vigilante act to try to quiet Black Lives Matter protesters.