Ann Coulter quickly sparked backlash on Wednesday after she praised Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with shooting three people — two of them fatally — during a Kenosha protest Tuesday night.
The teenager, who was armed with an AR-15, is from Antioch, Illinois, drove across state lines to stand guard outside businesses during unrest stemming from the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who is now paralyzed as a result.
He was taken into custody and will be charged with first-degree intentional homicide. Wednesday’s arrest record from Antioch Police said that Rittenhouse “fled the state of Wisconsin with the intent to avoid prosecution for the offense.”
In response to a tweet that read: “I want Kyle Rittenhouse as my bodyguard,” Coulter responded: “I want him as my president.”
I want him as my president. https://t.co/qbiSeXcXL6
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) August 26, 2020
“Brave pro-terrorist stance, Ann,” wrote one Twitter user, while another tweeted: “The Right is evidently in a contest to see who can be as Deplorable as humanly possible. Coulter may win the prize today.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “Ann supports white supremacist militia groups who murder civilians. She is a true Trump Republican.”