Don Trump Jr. on teenage terrorist Kyle Rittenhouse: ‘We all do stupid things at 17′

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When I saw this headline, I actually gasped, even though it was also unsurprising, if that makes sense. Even after all this time, the Trump family’s depravity still shocks me sometimes. So, remember Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old white terrorist whose mother drove him to Kenosha, Wisconsin so that he could “patrol” the Black Lives Matter protests? Rittenhouse was armed with an AR-15, and Rittenhouse ended up killing two people and injuring a few others. After he murdered two people, Rittenhouse walked past some Wisconsin cops and they didn’t bat an eye. They thanked him for being there. Because a white teenager with a gun who kills people for sport is totally fine with the cops. It’s also fine with Don Trump Jr!

Donald Trump Jr. sounded like his dad when he put himself in the shoes of Kyle Rittenhouse — a teen accused of killing two people — in an appearance on Extra that aired Tuesday, saying, “We all do stupid things at 17.”

Speaking with host Rachel Lindsay Abasolo, President Donald Trump’s eldest son spoke about Black Lives Matter, racial unrest and Rittenhouse, who is charged with killing two men at a Wisconsin demonstration last month. Rittenhouse — who had traveled to the protest from a nearby part of Illinois to, in his words, protect businesses and “run into harm’s way” — has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other crimes in the Aug. 25 shooting, which left two people dead and one other person injured.

“If I put myself in Kyle Rittenhouse['s shoes], maybe I shouldn’t have been there — he’s a young kid, I don’t want 17-year-olds running around the street with AR-15s — maybe I wouldn’t have put myself in that situation, who knows,” Don Jr. said on Extra. “But we all do stupid things at 17.”

When Lindsay Abasolo pointed out that it was “a little bit beyond stupid,” Trump Jr. concurred, adding, “Really stupid, fine, but we all have to let that process play out and let due process take its course.”

Trump Jr.’s words echoed those of his father, the president, who denounced violent protesters but demurred on Rittenhouse, recently telling reporters the alleged shooter was “violently attacked” and calling it “an interesting situation” that was “under investigation.”

In his Extra interview, Trump Jr. also touched on police brutality and Black Lives Matter in general, saying that he “agreed” with the sentiment behind the movement and that the tagline is “a very good marketing message,” but he doesn’t agree with the sentiment behind the message.

[From People]

The way that white political commentators of the MAGA variety have fallen all over themselves to defend a domestic terrorist radicalized by the Nazi in the White House is really something. But it’s next-level to shrug at murdering two protesters as simply a teenage rite of passage, some dumb sh-t that every white kid does during their teenage years. God, this country. And this family is full of psychopaths.

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  1. kimberlu says:

    ya, their blatant racism shows no bounds…

  2. Lisa says:

    this just…there are no real right words to deal with these fuckwits. Oh my gawd! I just watched BlackKlansman (that movie with Washington) and although it was a pretty poorly made movie, I was shocked at how fucked up and true to this presidency and pertinent to our current situation it was! Jesus!

    • Snowslow says:

      I just watched it too and couldn’t sleep afterwards because it really spoke the truth. The theory of Alt-Right infiltration is unfortunately the reality.
      My kids were very shaken up, I had no idea it would be so violent, but particularly by the real images of Charlottesville that they didn’t remember. I’m not a big Spike Lee fan but I thought the orchestration of the story and reality were pretty dam well made.

      • NonStahp says:

        During BlackKlansman, cried non stop as never before heard distinct descriptions of lynchings. The utter dehumanization of Black People? The violence then & government infiltration now…its no wonder white supremacy is downplayed to our US intelligence. It lives and thrives. We need to wake up.

    • clomo says:

      Racists must go back under their rocks, Trump emboldens them to have effin parades, give me pride parades, not Nazi ones, lord help us!

  3. Mabs A'Mabbin says:

    Oh I know! At 17, I had a gun with me at all times. You never knew when opportunities would surface… opportunities for target practice and death. In fact, I had seven automatics in day-to-day rotations. Seven colors and patterns; one for each day of the week. I was such a goofy teen.

    • Bettyrose says:

      And what 17 year old doesn’t occasionally get drunk and commit rape? (Just cross referencing with comments from the Kavanaugh confirmation hearings).

    • Traveler says:

      Yeah, what silly teenager hasn’t committed murder from time to time?

    • Meghan says:

      I live in the South. My dad is a hunter so there were always guns in the gun cabinet and yet I managed to not shoot anyone. Have I missed out on a formative part of my years? Is THIS why I am currently unemployed? THANKS OBAMA and Duchess of Sussex!

  4. My3cents says:

    Yeah and Hitler was just depressed because he was unemployed.

  5. Aang says:

    This kid murdered two people and destroyed his own life. And I do consider 17 to be a kid. He needs to go to jail for a long time, that doesn’t mean he isn’t also a victim of trump’s rhetoric. His mind was twisted before it was even formed. And I don’t feel sorry for him. I feel scared of all the other people out there who are also willing to murder in the name of trump.

    • Esme says:

      He’s responsible for his actions, but I also believe he’s in some way a victim of parental neglect/indoctrination: who gives their kid an assault weapon, and then drives him into a potentially violent situation, with the message of “defend (capitalism? civilization? prejudice?) by force”?
      It boggles the mind.
      Even Don Jr’s parents weren’t THAT stupid.

      • Maida says:

        Yes, I CANNOT understand how a parent could drive a 17-year-old to a protest scene, when that minor is also armed with an assault weapon he had absolutely no legal right to carry. The mother ought to be prosecuted as well, IMO.

      • Marigold says:

        The kind of parents who have kids who shoot up schools, churches And into crowds. That kind of parent.

      • Emma33 says:

        So true. He is responsible for his actions, but also, his brain isn’t fully developed. At 17, it’s your parents who have fully developed brains and who should be looking out for you and trying to prevent you from murdering people. I don’t know if his parents could be charged as accomplices, but they should be.

    • phaedra7 says:

      Also, NO DOUBT because Take-A-💩 is this bum’s IDOL, just as Hitler is Drumpf’s IDOL. #REALLYANDVERYSICKEVILMINDEDPEOPLE 🤬 (if you can call them people). . . . . . . . 😒

  6. Snowslow says:

    It’s fantastic what can be in the list labelled “kids will do crazy things” for alt-right people…

    • Esmom says:

      And for Don Junior. He seems to have made it his mission to decry the “libs” so much that he will rationalize, justify, twist and minimize anything. He truly is a piece of work, with the same lack of self-awareness that his dad has. Also, he is looking worse and worse, I wonder if this schtick of his is finally taking its toll.

      • Snowslow says:

        It runs in the family doesn’t it: become a sweaty, brainless extremist and indulge in anything you like from fast food to any other form of self-destructive consumption.

      • Digital Unicorn says:

        He’s doing this to get Daddy’s attention – I LOVE the ‘watch me twirl daddy’ clip from Leslie Jordan that was all over the internet the day after his convention speech.

    • Jay says:

      For white dudes, really – we can’t let one tiny felony mess up their promising futures, right?

  7. Marjorie says:

    I’m waiting, not patiently, for his mother to be charged as well.

    • Esmom says:

      Yeah, what is up with that? Is that even on the table?

    • Kelly says:

      Absolutely. It just boggles my mind this woman went and left her armed son at a protest like one would leave their kids at a birthday party. She’s at very least complicit and I think a case could be made for her being a straight up co-author.

      • CoKatie says:

        It’s crazy Kelly, and the mother MUST be charged as an assessory. I know all about doing dumb things at 17. But I also knew my mother’s back hand would be waiting to greet me. 17 is a minor. In what world do you drive your minor child to a known trouble spot, make sure his assault rifle (who bought that for him, by the way) is locked and loaded and offer him a cheery good night hunting?!? Seriously, she needs to be locked up and held accountable – along with him. I don’t want him off the hook either.

  8. 10KTurtle says:

    Ah yes… who among us didn’t murder two people back in our blissful days of youthful folly? Besides everyone, of course.

  9. Trillian says:

    I just gave my 17yr old an earful for smoking pot (once). Maybe I should praise him for not shooting innocent people instead?

  10. sunny says:

    The way white people, in particular, white men are infantilized to absolve them from responsibility, especially when compared to how studies show black children are seen as adults and punished as such from very young ages(including black and brown girls who are both sexualized at very early ages) really is something.

    • Bettyrose says:

      This all day. A black teen carrying a bag of skittles is expected to be aware of how anyone in the vicinity might react. A teen girl should be constantly modifying her clothes and behavior to always be both pleasing and non inviting to male attention. But c’mon (white) boys will be boys.

  11. shanaynay says:

    Every time DT Jr. opens his mouth he sounds like a bigger a-hole than the day before. This dude is a complete and utter moron. He’s definitely his father’s son.

    This family is on a one way trip to HE double hockey sticks!!!! Judgement day will be their just deserts. Karma at its finest.

  12. Lightpurple says:

    There are reasons why Junior does not work and rarely sees his five kids any more

    • Esmom says:

      Seriously. His petty, partisan, punk-ass shtick has devolved into something truly unhinged.

    • Christin says:

      Too bad he can’t see his kids and fly a kite very high in the sky.

    • HoofRat says:

      I wonder how many of this next generation of Trumps will change their names as soon as they hit the age of majority? The spawn of Vinyl Boy and the Blonde Pez Dispenser are probably a lost cause, poor things, but the others may yet escape.

      • Lightpurple says:

        His kids are either going to disown him completely or grow up to be sadists. His visitation does seem to be extremely limited. He used to tweet about them daily but now there has been nothing since Father’s Day and his constant presence on Twitter – pretty much hourly and more than that over the weekends, would indicate that he’s not spending any time with a kid, never mind five of them. His Father’s Day stuff was really telling. He took them on a charted fishing trip and his youngest boy Spencer caught a large fish, too big for the little kid to bring in on his own. He posted video of him “helping” Spencer. He basically grabbed the kid’s little arm and wrenched it multiple times, hard and fast. The boy was grimacing in pain. He then turned and told one of the fishing men to help the kid. He then posted a picture of himself holding the fish with Spencer and Tristan behind him saying that “we” caught a large fish. Spencer is glaring and Tristan looks numb. He ended it with a picture of him in a suit with the three youngest: Tristan is pinching himself, Chloe looks petrified; and poor Spencer is clutching his little arm and looking traumatized. His ex constantly tweets about how she is raising 5 kids alone and preparing for remote schooling of all 5 kids alone.

        Nagini’s middle kid seems to despise her and she’s constantly photoshopping pictures of her daughter.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Lightpurple, can you please post a link to these twitter accounts? I don’t have any social media, but I tell you what, I might just relent and get myself on one of the socials, if only to stalk these putrid humans. I’m aghast at what I’ve been reading here. We’ve just dealt with one of our very own white supremacy terrorists being jailed for the rest of his life in New Zealand. No doubt he took a lot of inspiration from your MAGAtt Morons; he just happened to be a bit older than KR. DDT (poison) has a lot to answer for in how he’s influenced so negatively so many people. I detest this family to the point of making myself physically ill.

  13. Miranda says:

    Since this family is all about projection, I’m forced to assume that a teenaged Junior tried to win Daddy’s love by murdering a sex worker or 2. And damn, it didn’t even work, did it?

  14. Merricat says:

    Going to have to fumigate and scrub down the entire White House with bleach, come November.

    • Miranda says:

      Can we just leave the family inside during the fumigation?

      • fluffy_bunny says:

        That would be awesome. Tent the white house and set off a shit ton of bug bombs with all of them in there. Do they have pets? If they do someone remove them.

      • AnnaKist says:

        Good question, fluffy_bunny. I’ve never heard mention of any pets in their lives. Having a pet requires being kind, exercising it, seeing to it’s daily care, health and happiness. This family is poison, so, nah. I just can’t see them with pets.
        And she emitted a huge sigh of relief.

      • Miranda says:

        I remember reading that Trump thinks having pets is “low-class” and he called the Pence family “yokels” for bringing theirs to D.C. with them. Which should’ve been a massive red flag, right? Anyone who hates animals is bad news. Shit, even Hitler loved his dog!

  15. Jerusha says:

    I think I once jaywalked when I was 17. Yeah, very foolish then.

    But, seriously, daddydearest didn’t want to give his firstborn his name just in case he was a failure. Well, he got the name and he is a failure.

    But, seriously #2, that punk needs to be in prison, general population, please. And his parents need to be in prison for supplying the weapons and facilitating his crime-aiding and abetting. Also for doing a shitty job of raising a child.

    But, seriously #3, I go to bed every night hoping that when I wake up I will hear the news that will make me the happiest person on earth. You all know what I mean.

  16. Bean says:

    The Exonerated 5 would like a few words.

    • Miranda says:

      But we’re talking about a WHITE kid here! This could ruin his life! What will the college admissions directors think?!

      • Blairski says:

        Lincoln Project needs to cut Don Jr.’s words together with photos of black teen boys with skittles or toy guns or whatever… I know there’s a good ad in there somewhere.

  17. Kelly says:

    “Really stupid, fine”

    I cant describe what reading that made me feel. We’re talking about 2 people who were MURDERED.

  18. Joanna says:

    Disgusting POS. As a white woman, i didn’t realize the extent of the racism that exists until this Presidency. It’s Disgusting

  19. Pamspam says:

    You guys…I just feel so fucking disgusted and hopeless. Every day it’s some new horrible thing. Fuck these racist assholes.

  20. Lively says:

    Ugh he has the same mouth as his dad ewwww

  21. judith A reeder says:

    Most 17 yr old kids dont go out and shoot people!!!!

  22. Yoyoma says:

    As a beta male himself I’m sure Don Trump jr can easily sympathize with Kyle Rittenhouse.

  23. Winterberry says:

    I dyed my hair blond at 17. That was stupid. Blond looks terrible one me. Is that the kind of thing he is talking about?

  24. Winterberry says:

    *on me

  25. Just A Thought says:

    If the shooter had Black, Trump and crew would not have been making excuses. Trump would had been calling for the death penalty.

  26. JRT says:

    What would the MAGA variety say if it was an horrid event like the Oklahoma City bombing like Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols? It’s domestic terrorism anyway you slice it and and Kyle Rittenhouse is a terrorist that killed follow Americans for the Nazi white supremacist indoctrination that has been spewed by Trump and associates.

  27. Kate says:

    Wow. When I was 17, I snuck some beers with my friends and we passed out on my mother’s tomato garden. Plants were ruined, Mom was pissed. I mean, same, right? Live and learn.


    Both mom and teenage killer need to be incarcerated.

  28. Valerie says:

    Uhh, no.

  29. deader than new metal and disco says:

    “murdering two protesters as simply a teenage rite of passage, some dumb sh-t that every white kid does during their teenage years.”

    I mean… he’s not wrong. White kids and teens have been radicalized. Poor white people, who have more in common with us than with rich white folk, have been indoctrinated into being footsoldiers for rich people.

    In a way, murdering and raping IS a rite of passage, especially for white men but let’s not leave white women or white people belonging to any other minority (be it a white lesbian or a white trans guy, etc) out of it. Whiteness is one hell of a drug. Some people will vote away their rights just because it feels real good to be white.

  30. Thekla says:

    When I was 17 my friends and I would play tag at night and hide in people’s yards if a car drove by. So, potatoes, po-tah-toes . . .

  31. Aidevee says:

    He’s right though- we all do dumb stuff when we are 17. I broke into a park at night to smoke cigarettes and drink wine from a mug. I also listened to Smashmouth.

    I didn’t bloody shoot people dead with a military-grade assault rifle! Ffs.

  32. Naddie says:

    Guillotine. Guillotine is the only way. The hope and mercy are gone.

  33. Godwina says:

    Good lord the sphincter mouth THE SPHINCTER MOUTH!!!!!

  34. Meg says:

    This has to be one of the most obviously racist comments made-
    When teens in wisconsin shoplifted the sheriff in Kenosha said they were beyond rehabilitation and should be put away. But a white teen kills people and we all make mistakes. Their behavior isn’t a reflection of their race

  35. SJR says:

    I know I’m coming by late with my thoughts but, OMG!
    I honestly do not recognize what America has become under Trump.

    WTF? His Mom drove him? WTF?
    She should be under charges also, and someone needs to check on any other children she may be responsible for. Jesus Wept.