The Washington Free Beacon has declared accused double murderer Kyle Rittenhouse one of its Men of the Year for 2020. Describing him as a “patriot” and a “righteous [man] of action,” the editors of the right-wing rag wrote that
[t]he good people of Kenosha can sleep easier because among us are the likes of 2020 Washington Free Beacon Man of the Year Kyle Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse is currently awaiting trial on charges of shooting and killing two protesters, and injuring a third, at a Kenosha Black Lives Matter protests in August. He has since become a folk hero to many on the right, who claim that he shot in self-defense, and his supporters have raised more than $2 million for his defense, according to Rittenhouse’s mother, who also hopes to raise money by selling “Free Kyle” bikinis and other swag..
The Free Beacon alleges that Rittenhouse’s victims were the real danger that night, and that the shooter “survived by the grace of God and the reliability of Smith & Wesson.”
Rittenhouse wasn’t the only man chosen as a Free Beacon “Man of the Year” this year. Every year the Free Beacon names several, some in serious homage and others as jokes. This year another one of the awards went to Jeffrey Toobin, who got a writeup overstuffed with bad masturbation jokes; last year one of the award winners was Hunter Biden, celebrated ironically for his alleged hard-partying ways.
But there’s no trace of irony or humor in the Kyle Rittenhouse award. They like him; they really like him. It’s grotesque.
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