Protesters at Arizona State University are calling on the institution to expel Kyle Rittenhouse after he was acquitted of murder and other charges last month.
Students with left-wing organizations including Students for Socialism ASU, Students for Justice in Palestine, Mecha de ASU, and the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition held a protest on Wednesday, with at least one person carrying a sign that seemed unrelated but nonetheless disturbing: “DEATH 2 AMERICA.’
ARIZONA: ASU socialists proudly holding “DEATH 2 AMERICA” signs to protest Kyle Rittenhouse attending online classes at the university even though he is no longer enrolled at the school pic.twitter.com/hVaVtphHwz
— Drew Hernandez (@DrewHLive) December 1, 2021
“The danger Kyle Rittenhouse presents is not just as a person on campus, representing the violence marginalized people face every day, but the racist and fascist right-wing elements that he will bring on campus. Having such a high-profile right-wing fascist icon on our campus would be giving these organizations a free pass to recruit and organize students,” said a statement from the organizations.
An Instagram post protest organizers published also slandered Rittenhouse with demonstrably false accusations.
“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system — Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims. Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer,” it said, according to The Scoop.
The outlet adds:
The groups also compiled a list of demands that they are requesting that ASU officials comply with, including the release of a statement condemning Rittenhouse and white supremacist ideology.
An investigation led by the Phoenix-based TV station 12News alleged that Rittenhouse has not gone through the admissions process to be an on-campus student, but he is a non-degree seeking online student for the academic session that began October 13th.
Following his acquittal, Rittenhouse stated that he had dropped his two online classes at Arizona State University due to the stress of the trial, but that he now intends to pick them back up, complete them, and finish his degree in person on campus, according to WBTW.
“The goal of these demands is to let the ASU administration know that we as the ASU community do 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,” a spokesperson for Students for Socialism at Arizona State University told Fox News. “Our campus is already unsafe as is, 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—by strapping an assault rifle to himself in a crowd of unarmed citizens. That is the textbook definition of intention. The decision made by the court is one of thousands of cases that have been influenced by biased judges, predominantly white juries, and mistakes inherent in a judicial system founded off of injustice to begin with,” a Students for Socialism chapter spokesperson added.
Meanwhile, during their Wednesday protest, students who have never met Rittenhouse tore into him anyway, falsely labeling him a “white supremacist killer descended from white killers.” One of the protest’s speakers said, “Kyle Rittenhouse didn’t get a guilty verdict because he was f*****g white!”
Professor and legal scholar Jonathan Turley has called on ASU administrators to gut up and defend Rittenhouse’s right to attend there if he chooses.
“Rittenhouse has every right to attend ASU in person and has every right to expect that he can do so safely. If ASU cannot muster the integrity and courage to reaffirm those rights publicly, it has abandoned a core defining element for higher education,” he tweeted.
…Colleges often sit in cringing silence as individual students are targeted and harassed. Students have every right to protest, but ASU must be clear and public in supporting Rittenhouse’s right to access to an education on its campuses.
— Jonathan Turley (@JonathanTurley) November 28, 2021
“Colleges often sit in cringing silence as individual students are targeted and harassed. Students have every right to protest, but ASU must be clear and public in supporting Rittenhouse’s right to access to an education on its campuses,” Turley continued.