Conservative commentator Ann Coulter tweeted support for accused Wisconsin shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, saying “I want him as my president”.
Twitter removed Ms Coulter’s statements for violating the platform’s rules after users took offence at her differing opinion, made in response to a user saying they wanted the teenager as a “bodyguard”.
Mr Rittenhouse, 17, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in connection with shootings that left two people dead during the violence in Kenosha on Tuesday night.
Analysis of the video from the scene of Tuesday night’s shootings showed Mr Rittenhouse pursued by a group before an unknown gunman fires nearby. Mr Rittenhouse turns in the direction of the shots. As someone else lunges towards him, the teenager appears to fire four times.
The second shooting occurs after Mr Rittenhouse trips and falls while leaving the scene of the first shooting. As three people rush toward him, he fires four times while at least 16 other gunshots sound out around him.
This timeline of events has left some observers to question whether Mr Rittenhouse was acting in self-defence, with Fox News host Tucker Carlson also being criticized for considering that potential outcome.
“A court will decide whether what you just saw qualifies as self-defence. As of tonight, we really don’t have more details,” Mr Carlson said on his show Wednesday. “We do know why it all happened, though. Kenosha is devolved into anarchy because the authorities in charge of the city abandoned it. People in charge, from the governor of Wisconsin on down, refused to enforce the law. They stood back and they watched Kenosha burn.”
“So are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder? How shocked are we that 17-year-olds with rifles decided they had to maintain order when no one else would? Everyone could see what was happening in Kenosha. It was getting crazier by the hour,” he continued.