Killer’s Mom Gets Standing Ovation From GOP Group

The New York Daily News reports:

The mother of alleged Kenosha gunman Kyle Rittenhouse got a “standing ovation” at a GOP women’s group meeting in Wisconsin on Thursday night, an attendee of the event tweeted.

“Standing ovation from Waukesha County GOP women for my special guests (John Pierce) and Wendy Rittenhouse, Kyle’s mom,” conservative blogger Michelle Malkin said in a Twitter post. “I was able to talk to Kyle by phone & THANK HIM for his courage!”

Kyle Rittenhouse is the 17-year-old white Illinois resident charged in the shooting deaths of two men at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha on Aug. 25. His lawyers have claimed he acted in self-defense, styling him as an “American patriot” who was defending both liberty and property.

Right Wing Watch reports:

Although Malkin’s far-right beliefs have been evident for much of her career in conservative media, in the last year she has openly embraced the right-wing extremist elements. The conservative group Young America’s Foundation severed its 17-year relationship with Malkin last year after she came to the defense of white nationalist and anti-Semitic podcaster Nick Fuentes and his fans, who call themselves “groypers.”

Malkin appeared as a guest last year on a white nationalist podcast for a 42-minute interview, and coinciding with this year’s Conservative Political Action Conference she headlined a gathering put on by members of a white nationalist youth coalition. She recently collaborated with far-right provocateur Milo Yiannopoulos on a reading list for young activists that included several anti-Semitic and racist works of literature.