Kyle Rittenhouse becomes key figure in Trump world

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Kyle Rittenhouse enters the courtroom at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

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Since he was acquitted of homicide and other charges last Friday, Kyle Rittenhouse has said he wanted to stay out of politics, and that he was disturbed by how his case became politicized.

“How polarized it became is absolutely sickening: Right or left, people using me for a cause that should never have been used as a cause,” the 18-year-old said earlier this week

Yet Rittenhouse, who argued he was acting in self defense when he fatally shot two people during protests last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin, has emerged as a symbolic figure for the pro-Trump right wing as the former president considers running again and wields power by issuing endorsements in various Republican primary races. 

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