Multiple far-left student groups at Arizona State University (ASU) are demanding that the school rescind the admission of Kyle Rittenhouse despite his recent acquittal, as reported by Fox News.
The 18-year-old Rittenhouse was acquitted on several charges, including murder, after he was forced to shoot and kill two people, and injure a third, during last summer’s race riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse’s actions were determined to be self-defense after he was attacked multiple times by rioters, who tried to punch him, kick him, hit him in the head with a skateboard, and even tried to shoot him with a handgun. Among his attackers were a serial child rapist and two men with histories of domestic abuse.
During Tucker Carlson’s interview with Rittenhouse shortly after the acquittal, Carlson noted that Rittenhouse had been accepted to ASU shortly before the race riots struck his community on August 25th, 2020. He is currently a student with the university through online courses.
In response, four different student groups have publicly called on the administration to withdraw his admission, falsely labeling him as a “murderer.” The groups in question are ASU Students for Socialism, the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, Mecha de ASU, and the radical Islamic and anti-Semitic group Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP).
The joint letter signed by all four organizations demands that ASU “reaffirm support for the multicultural center on campus as a safe space from White Supremacy.”
“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system,” the letter claims, “Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims.” The groups also vow to hold a protest on December 1st “to get murderer Kyle Rittenhouse off our campus…Join us to demand from ASU that those demands be met to protect students from a violent blood-thirsty murderer.”
A spokesperson for the school’s Students for Socialism chapter incorrectly described Rittenhouse as a “mass shooter,” claiming that “the ASU community [does] not feel safe knowing that a mass shooter, who has expressed violent intentions about ‘protecting property’ over people, is so carelessly allowed to be admitted to the school at all.”
“Our campus is already unsafe as is,” the spokesman further claimed, without any evidence, “and we would like to abate this danger as much as possible.”
“Rittenhouse took the lives of innocent people with the intent to do so,” the spokesman added, making yet another false statement, while also incorrectly describing the rioters that night as “a crowd of unarmed citizens.” In fact, one of the two men shot and killed by Rittenhouse, Anthony Huber, was armed with a skateboard, while the one man who survived his injuries, Gaige Grosskreutz, was armed with a handgun and admitted under cross-examination that he intended to shoot Rittenhouse with it.