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Right-wing pundit Ann Coulter praises accused Kenosha killer: 'I want him as my president'

New York Daily News logo New York Daily News 8/27/2020 By Kate Feldman, New York Daily News
Ann Coulter sitting on a bench: Ann Coulter speaks on stage at the 2019 Politicon at Music City Center in Nashville, TN. © Jason Kempin/Getty Images North America/TNS Ann Coulter speaks on stage at the 2019 Politicon at Music City Center in Nashville, TN.

With the country reeling from the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake seven times in the back, controversial commentator Ann Coulter stood up in support of a white teenager who fatally shot two protesters.

“I want him as my president,” Coulter tweeted Wednesday in response to a fan account with a biography that refers to the pundit as “jaw-dropping gorgeous.”

Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested Wednesday and charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the deaths of two protesters, one 26 and the other 36, during anti-racism, anti-police brutality protests Tuesday night.

Video from Kenosha that night shows a man, believed to be Rittenhouse, running down a street carrying a long gun, then falling and beginning to shoot.

A third person was also injured in the gunfire.

While many were outraged by the killings, a few credited Rittenhouse as a “vigilante” protecting his community.

But Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said this situation is why he ignored requests from people to deputize citizens amid the protests following Blake’s shooting.

“There’s no way. There’s no way I would deputize people,” he said during a news conference Wednesday. “Part of the problem with this group is they create confrontation. People walking around with guns — if I walk in my uniform with a gun all of you probably wouldn’t be too intimated by it because you’re used to officers having guns, but if I put out my wife with an AR-15 or my brother with a shotgun or whatever it would be walking through the streets, you guys would probably wonder what the heck was going on.”

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