Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Illinois resident accused of crossing state lines with an AR-15 and murdering two people protesting police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has been described by former classmates as a fervent Trump supporter who was widely seen as a “possible future shooter.”
The teen loved cops, guns, Tweety McTreason, and “triggering the libs,” according to some of his former classmates at Lakes Community High School in Lake County, Illinois.
Rittenhouse’s clothes were often branded with pro-police slogans, and he carried a Blue Lives Matter phone case, one student told VICE News.
Some classmates even joked that they believe he’d be a mass shooter one day.
“I personally believe he went to Wisconsin with the intent to kill,” said one former classmate, who asked not to be identified out of fear for their safety.
“When he got mad or offended he would always say he could ‘fuck me up,’ but everyone would just laugh because he was like a 5-foot-4 chubby freshman boy who we thought wasn’t capable of harm,” said Joe, who’s a minor and asked that his full name not be used.
Rittenhouse was also known as a “ride or die” Trump supporter. “If you said anything bad about Trump, he’d threaten you,” Joe said.
Buzzfeed reported on Wednesday that Rittenhouse had traveled to Iowa in January, where he had front row seats at a Trump rally.
“Kyle was the type of kid to wear a MAGA hat or other apparel just for attention, or to “trigger” people,” Joe added.
“Kyle was kind of shy from what I remember, but he was definitely in your face and pushed his views hella,” a classmate said. “Like one of those kids that liked ‘triggering libtards.’”
“He went to middle school with my little sister and she said that everyone always thought of him to be a possible future shooter,” said Joe, “and so did I when I met him in high school.”