Kyle Rittenhouse Gas Meme of Him Crying at the Pump Viewed Over 1M Times

Kyle Rittenhouse has shared a meme which uses the moment he started crying during his murder trial to poke fun at rising gas prices.

Rittenhouse, who was cleared of two counts of murder following the highly divisive trial in November 2021, shared the clip on his Twitter account on Thursday, where it has since been reshared more than 4,300 times.

The edited video shows Rittenhouse filling up a car at a gas station while in tears.

The clip superimposes Rittenhouse's body from when he was hyperventilating while describing to the jury the circumstances that led up to him shooting Joseph Rosenbaum during the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020.

"No, it's not Lemon Heads.. it's the burning hole in my pocket thanks to a Joe Biden presidency," Rittenhouse tweeted while sharing the clip.

Rittenhouse then credits the creation of the "funny video" to Twitter user @derfanzor.

The "Lemon Heads" remark is a reference to criticism he received from NBA star LeBron James during the trial as the basketball legend appeared to suggest the 19-year-old was not remorseful for his actions.

As footage of Rittenhouse crying in the court went viral on social media in November 2021, James tweeted: "What tears????? I didn't see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court."

The meme shared by Rittenhouse has since been viewed more than 600,000 times.

The clip was also posted onto Twitter by Ron Filipkowski, the Republican attorney who resigned from a Florida state commission in protest at a police raid at the home of data scientist Rebekah Jones in December 2020, where it has been viewed further 660,000 times.

A number of people took to Twitter to criticize Rittenhouse for using the moment he cried during his trial while telling the jury why he shot someone to make a joke.

USA Today columnist Rex Huppke described the 19-year-old as an "absolute sociopath." Blogger and author Kimberley Johnson said Rittenhouse was a "product of the American justice system."

Actor John Fugelsang wrote: "Remember when George Zimmerman tried to cash in on his murder of an unarmed American?"

Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges against him after arguing that he was acting in self defense when he shot and killed Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz during the disorder in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Following his acquittal, Rittenhouse has appeared on a number of right-wing news channels and podcasts, met former president Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort, and walked on stage to his own theme tune at the Turning Point USA conference in Phoenix in December 2021.

Rittenhouse also set up a donation fund, the "Media Accountability Project," to raise money in order to sue people for defamation over their comments about him before and after the trial.

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Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down on the stand as he testifies about his encounter with the late Joseph Rosenbaum during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images