PHOENIX, AZ – Kyle Rittenhouse arrives in Phoenix.
Rittenhouse, 18, was slated to be one of many speakers at the non-profit Turning Point USA’s AmericaFest 2021, which was scheduled to begin Saturday at the Phoenix Convention Center.
Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in November in the shooting of three people, two of whom died, during a protest against police violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year.
Rittenhouse will join a who’s who of controversial Tory commentators and lawmakers, including Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Candace Owens, Donald Trump Jr., U.S. Representative Matt Gaetz (R-Florida), U.S. Representative Devin Nunes (R-California) ) and United States Representative Majorie Taylor Green (R-Georgia), to name a few.
AmericaFest has been described on its website as “the greatest celebration of our constitutional rights and freedoms – featuring the country’s best and brightest speakers, dozens of like-minded sponsoring organizations, thousands of patriots freedom-loving and the introduction of musical talent with a number of very special concerts. “
AmericaFest 2021 will run Saturday through Tuesday, with tickets ranging from $ 40 to $ 750.
Some of the conference sponsors include Fox Nation, The Heritage Foundation, and Young Americans for Liberty.
Turning Point USA described its mission “to identify, educate, train and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free market and limited government.” Turning Point USA believes that every young person can be awakened to the true values ââof the free market. “
Some conservatives – including some in Arizona – have hailed Rittenhouse as a hero for coming to Kenosha in what he said was an effort to help protect businesses from looting.
Rittenhouse shot dead three men during protests and riots following the Kenosha police shooting against Jacob Blake, a black man who remained partially paralyzed.
âStart building statues for Kyle Rittenhouse and learn from him how to properly use the 2nd Amendment for self-defense,â Arizona Republican Senator Wendy Rogers said in a tweet shortly after the verdict of no was announced. – guilt of Rittenhouse.
But many on the left have condemned Rittenhouse for his actions.
Rittenhouse said during his trial that he enrolled in online nursing courses at Arizona State University as a non-graduate student. An ASU spokesperson confirmed that Rittenhouse enrolled in classes from Oct. 13, just weeks before his trial began on Nov. 2, according to a Phoenix New Times report. But after the trial ended, ASU said he was no longer a student and never completed the application process.
Several ASU student groups protested Rittenhouse’s plans to re-enroll in college, claiming in flyers for the event that, “even with a not guilty verdict from a justice system” “Faulty – Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty of his victims and the families of those victims.”