A few viral TikToks show Kyle Rittenhouse with his supposed girlfriend, who reportedly posted the footage of their relationship.
TikTokers are divided on Rittenhouse finding love. Reactions seem to depend on her feelings towards the teenager.
Late last year, a jury acquitted Rittenhouse of killing two people and wounding a third during civil rights protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The shootings and subsequent media attention made Rittenhouse a polarizing quasi-celebrity. Many conservatives and far-right consider him a kind of folk hero. Conversely, many liberals and civil rights activists detest him.
It is not known if the woman in the photos is Rittenhouse’s actual girlfriend. The TikToker that allegedly posted the original material has made her account private. She didn’t approve a follow-up request from the Daily Dot on Tuesday afternoon.
Rittenhouse did not respond to an email inquiry Tuesday afternoon.
TikToker Kristen (@kla607) first reposted the footage late Monday. It features a photo of Rittenhouse with the wife, text messages about missing and loving each other, and a call log showing phone calls and FaceTimes with “Kyle Rittenhouse.”
Kristen jokingly captioned it, “Those phone calls from jail must’ve cost him a fortune.”
Kristen did not respond to multiple requests for comment.
The song playing over the video is Kylie Morgan’s “If He Wanted To He Would”.
A second TikToker posted an extended version of the same footage. Janine’s (@janinewitha9) TikTok is showing the same video along with additional photos of the couple.
Kristen’s TikTok containing the footage has 650,000 views at the time of this writing; Janine is 30,000.
Janine, who declined to give her last name, told the Daily Dot that Rittenhouse’s friend’s TikTok stumbled upon her For You page. Others who have commented on the TikToks have also said it has cropped up on them as well.
“I thought it was just a typical girl doing a TikTok about her boyfriend,” Janine said via TikTok direct message Tuesday afternoon.
“Then I realized it was Kyle.”
After recognizing Rittenhouse, Janine went to the profile. “She had posted other videos with and about him, so I realized it was a real video and not fake,” Janine said.
She said the other posts featured dance trends and “very conservative-leaning” content.
“I think in one of the videos she just said ‘Biden sucks,’ and the tone was something like ‘We know,'” Janine said.
Comments on both TikToks are split between people defending and criticizing Rittenhouse.
“Well obviously the media didn’t make it THAT difficult for him to get back into society, huh,” one said, presumably referring to Rittenhouse’s plans to file multiple defamation lawsuits.
When one lamented that the jury had failed to convict Rittenhouse, a heated debate erupted in subsequent comments.
“Self-defense is not murder,” replied another. “Two guys were chasing him with a crowd and the third had a gun. If he wasn’t a Republican, you would love him.”
Janine told the Daily Dot that she’s had other TikToks with more views, but understands why this one sparked such a passionate response.
“I just think people are tougher in the comments as this video is more controversial,” she said.
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*Initial publication: June 21, 2022 at 5:01 pm CDT
Claire Goforth is a staff writer at the Daily Dot, covering all things politics and technology, with a focus on far-right and conspiracy theories.
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