'Hail Rittenhouse': White Supremacists Celebrate Verdict Like They've Won the Super Bowl

Emboldened white supremacists and neo-Nazis have celebrated the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in far-right channels online.

Far-right Telegram channel members shared their glee with one another after Rittenhouse, 18, was found not guilty of all charges on Friday after fatally shooting Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August last year.

One Telegram channel, associated with on-the-run U.S. white supremacist Robert Rundo, shared stylized images of Rittenhouse holding an AR-15 style rifle with the words "Kyle was right."

The images had previously been shared by members of Rundo's Rise Above Movement, a white supremacist group from Southern California, as well as other far-right rings from across the world from Serbia to New Zealand.

One such sinister image included Rittenhouse standing in front of a Sonnenrad, or Black Sun, an ancient European symbol that is popular with white supremacists with the words "f*** Antifa" - a group loathed by the far-right.

Many of the white supremacist accounts seen by Newsweek also promoted their own groups alongside images of Rittenhouse.

Brien James, a co-founder of the hardcore racist skinhead gang, celebrated the verdict with his hundreds of subscribers.

He shared a depraved video where the corpse of Huber sang James Brown's 'I Got You' using a deepfake singing app.

James added in the caption: "No f**** given. I'd kill every one of you communists and eat a cheeseburger while I prepare your body for disposal. No remorse. No quarter. That's what's coming for you."

A self-described "Western chauvinist" account with tens of thousands of followers posted following the verdict: "Your comrades are dead, and your mortal enemies are celebrating their victory.

"Your impotent rage only makes the victory all the more sweet for us. Literal National Socialists are celebrating your failure. We hope that eats away at you for a long time. Hail Rittenhouse."

The message was shared in anti-Semitic channels where members uploaded grotesquely racist imagery and also praised Rittenhouse.

In an overview shared following the verdict, the Anti-Defamation League said: "As soon as the jury announced its verdict, online extremist spaces erupted in cheers and self-congratulatory rhetoric.

"Supporters heralded the Rittenhouse verdict as a victory for the principle of self-defense and providing legal precedent for violent responses to perceived threats, and some argued that people no longer need to avoid acting during tense situations for fear of legal repercussions, a potentially dangerous development."

Following the verdict, Rittenhouse said he supported the Black Lives Matter movement and that his case was about self-defense and not about race.

He told Fox News host Tucker Carlson, in a preview for an interview: "This case has nothing to do with race. It never had anything to do with race. It had to do with the right to self-defense."

Rittenhouse later added: "I'm not a racist person. I support the BLM movement."

His attorney Mark Richards also called out conservative figures for trying to profit from the verdict.

Richards hit out at Donald Trump Jr. for supporting a gun rights organization that said it would "award" Rittenhouse with an AR-15.

The attorney told Insider: "He's an idiot. I don't have to expand on that because it speaks for itself."

Newsweek has contacted the Anti-Defamation League for comment.

Neo-Nazis Protest Outside Skokie Holocaust Museum Dedication
White supremacists celebrated the verdict on Friday. Pictured: Neo-Nazi protestors organized by the National Socialist Movement demonstrate near where the grand opening ceremonies were held for the Illinois Holocaust Museum & Education Center on April 19, 2009, in Skokie, Illinois. Scott Olson/Getty Images