- Some prominent conservatives have worked to heroize 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted a week earlier in a fatal shooting during protests in Wisconsin last year.
- Since a jury found him not guilty, Rittenhouse met with several top right-wing operatives and leaders, including former President Donald Trump.
- A key figure in life after Rittenhouse’s acquittal is Jillian Anderson, a former guest booker for Fox News who was once a contestant on “The Bachelor.”
Since he was acquitted of murder and other charges last Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse has said he wants to stay out of politics, and he was upset about how his case was politicized.
The 18-year-old said, “It’s absolutely sickening how polarized it has become: Right or left, people are using me for a cause that should never have been used as a cause. ” earlier this week,
Yet Rittenhouse, who argued he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year, as a symbol for the pro-Trump right wing has emerged as the former president considers running again and gains power, continuing to support various Republican primary races.
Some prominent conservatives have worked to make the protagonist out of Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, in the streets of Kenosha during protests that erupted after the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse commented on Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show about politics and polarization, which included a crewmate with the Rittenhouse team during his trial. He has appeared in photographs with Republican operatives, and he himself met with Donald Trump at the former president’s private Mar-a-Lago club in Florida.
A key figure in life after Rittenhouse’s acquittal is Jillian Anderson, a former guest booker for Fox News who was once a contestant on “The Bachelor.” A former cheerleader for the team now known as the Washington Football Team, he is currently a self-employed booker, producer, publicist and communications director, according to his LinkedIn page.
Anderson was Photo Next to Rittenhouse in a Florida restaurant after his acquittal. She was also featured in another group that included Carlson and other subsequent photographs. Almost all of these photos have been posted on Anderson’s social media pages.
“I’m working with the team,” Anderson told CNBC in a Twitter message when asked about his role with Rittenhouse. He then requested that CNBC email him. Since then, Anderson has yet to respond to multiple requests for comment.
“I’ve never met/or talked to Jillian Anderson,” Mark Richards, an attorney for Rittenhouse, told CNBC.
Anderson has been associated with Trump and his conservative allies for years. She was recently paid more than $10,000 for a media relations consultation by a political action committee supporting Josh Mandel’s Ohio Senate campaign, according to Federal Election Commission records reviewed by CNBC. The committee is called Team Josh and has paid for what Anderson described as “media relations consulting”. posted by anderson Split screen photo on her Twitter page this week With himself, Mendel with another is holding a laptop. mandel is Called Rittenhouse an “American hero” and “role model”.
Anderson and Rittenhouse have recently been photographed next to Adam Waldeck, who worked on former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s 2012 presidential campaign before running two right-wing groups that do not publicly disclose their donors. Used to do one of them organizations Hillary Clinton was targeted during the 2016 election bAction before its name was changed to 1776 To focus on fighting critical race theory education. Waldeck appeared with Rittenhouse in a photo that was posted on Anderson’s social media.
Anderson has ties to other Trump aides. Conservative publication The Federalist lists Anderson as Ambassador to Turning Point USA and Falkirk Center. Turning Point USA, founded by longtime Trump supporter Charlie Kirk, advocates for conservative voices on school campuses.
The Falkirk Center is a think tank supported by Evangelical Liberty University. It was co-founded by Kirk and Jerry Falwell Jr., who resigned as president of Liberty University after the following. various scams, Kirk left the think tank this year. Falkirk Center’s podcasts, According to The Bulwarki, has been the source of various conspiracy theories, including those questioning the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Anderson claims in a photo she credits to longtime right-wing activist and activist Jack Posobiec, who she describes as “schemes behind the scenes”.
“For the past 12+ months @jackmposobiec has been one of the best front men for a lot of my behind-the-scenes plans. I appreciate you bro!” She said in a previous Instagram post.
Another photo on Anderson’s Instagram page shows him at an event at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago in November. The gathering was to celebrate the America First Policy Institute, a non-profit think tank created to promote many of Trump’s favorite policies. The event was attended by Trump himself, and photographs showed Anderson with several Trump aides, including Sen. Lindsey Graham, R.C., and Rep. Madison Cawthorne, R.N.C. Cawthorne was among a group of conservative lawmakers who said Rittenhouse could work for his office.
“Congratulations to @a1policy. [America First Policy Institute] On a great event and consistently putting America first. #MAGAA,” reads Anderson’s Instagram post.