Trump and Rittenhouse (Photo appeared in Revolt.)

During a court conference yesterday on the extradition of Kyle Rittenhouse from Illinois to Wisconsin (where the Kenosha shootings occurred), the “lead attorney” for Rittenhouse, John Pierce of Pierce Bainbridge P.C., sought to delay a hearing to decide the issue.  One of Pierce’s reasons was that “there is a presidential candidate in the heat of arguably the most heated election perhaps ever, certainly since 1860, that has inflamed the situation.” To date, the #Fightback Foundation – which Pierce founded with another lawyer, Lin Wood – has reportedly raised $2 million for Rittenhouse’s defense; yet, the 17-year old Rittenhouse has been sitting in a jail cell in Illinois since late August.

Lake County Assistant State’s Attorney Stephen Scheller voiced displeasure at yesterday’s conference that the “case has been dragging on.”

Politicizing the Rittenhouse Case

It increasingly appears that the legal defense of Kyle Rittenhouse is being politicized, and connections to President Trump are plainly evident.  The support for this includes:

  • Rittenhouse’s front-row presence at Trump rally several months before the shooting.
  • Defense fund donations to a right-wing group.
  • Lawyers with ties to President Trump.
  • Reported support from the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Rittenhouse’s lawyer “presidential election” statements at yesterday’s hearing.

Rittenhouse at a Trump Rally

According to Buzzfeed, Rittenhouse was in the front row of a Trump Rally in January 2020, and ardently supports President Trump on social media.  This, of course, was several months before the shootings; curiosity has surfaced as to how Rittenhouse came about such prime rally real estate?

Rittenhouse at Trump Rally

Whatever the case may be, since the shootings, Trump has staked a clear position in support of his acolyte.  As USA Today reported: “Trump defends Kyle Rittenhouse on eve of visit to Kenosha.”

The Fightback Foundation’s Ties to the Right

The Hill Reporter noted early on that the #Fightback Foundation “makes no pretense of political neutrality,” and provided an excerpt from an early version of the Fightback website for support.


“With lies and fake news, the radical left mob attacks conservatives without accountability…The radical left sneers at the truth; they only care about power. . .They will lie, smear, and threaten if it means they get power.”

The Rittenhouse Lawyers

An article recently published in Mother Jones, strengthens the Trump connections.  The title and the byline speak for themselves:  Kyle Rittenhouse’s Lawyers See His Case as a Battle in Their Own Culture War — One of them wrote: “A second American Revolution against Tyranny has begun.”

Mother Jones delves into the histories of the Rittenhouse lawyers who founded Fightback, John Pierce and Lin Wood.  Pierce stepped down from the Foundation shortly after The Daily Beast reported on financial and other problems facing the attorney.

Wood personally met with President Trump in the Oval Office in March 2020 a meeting Wood says was at President Trump’s invitation.

Pierce is a self-professed fan of the President, and has represented Republican figures Rudy Giuliani, George Papadopoulos and Carter Page, as well as a Russian Oligarch, who has supported President Trump. On top of these relationships:


Harmeet Dhillon FB post

“Trump Officials Told to Make Comments Sympathetic to Rittenhouse”

The Trumpian ties to Rittenhouse also appear supported by an October 1, 2020 report from NBC News, which states:  “Federal law enforcement officials were directed to make public comments sympathetic to Kyle Rittenhouse…according to internal Department of Homeland Security talking points obtained by NBC News.”  According to the Journal Times:  “[T]he Department of Homeland Security did not deny the authenticity of the document.”


Kyle Rittenhouse remains in jail. A Foundation raising funds, in part, for his defense has reportedly raised $2 million. Rittenhouse was in the front row of a Trump rally before the shootings. Trump has taken up for him after the shootings. His lawyers are connected to Trump. According to NBC News, Trump officials have been told to toe the Rittenhouse line. And in delaying the Rittenhouse criminal proceedings, his lawyer invoked Trump’s election fight.

One is left to wonder if Kyle Rittenhouse is languishing in jail longer than necessary? If the legal politics being played may not be in the best interest of a 17-year old facing double-murder charges? And, ultimately, if Rittenhouse is being exploited?

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  1. I hope someone tells the clueless lad that it would be a good idea to get used to sitting in a jail cell – though he’ll have a lifetime to figure it all out, won’t he.


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