Kyle Rittenhouse Walks Out to His Own Theme Song at Turning Point USA Event

Kyle Rittenhouse was given a standing ovation as he walked on stage to his own theme song at the Turning Point USA conference in Phoenix.

The 18-year-old, who is being embraced as a hero of the conservative movement after he was acquitted of murder charges for killing two people at Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020, took to the stage at "AmericaFest" on Monday while the arena blasted out an entrance theme song consisting of his own surname being repeated.

As Rittenhouse joined the panel on stage, the mainly young crowd at the Phoenix Convention Center began chanting "Kyle! Kyle!"

Jared Holt, a resident fellow at the Atlantic Council's Digital Forensic Research Lab who researches domestic extremism, criticized the conservative student group for promoting Rittenhouse's appearance in such a way.

"It is certainly a choice to give a guy an intro hype song when his claim to fame is legally killing two people. Whether you agree the killing was justified or not, it's another leap and bound entirely to hype it up as epic L33T bacon sauce," Holt tweeted while using online slang.

"The message I get here is not that TPUSA thinks the killing was legal, but that it was awesome. And that's pretty f****d up for an org that specifically courts young people for politics."

Conspiracy theory expert and author Mike Rothschild said "our country is diseased" while sharing a clip of Rittenhouse taking to the stage.

Even before he was acquitted in the highly divisive case for shooting dead Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz, Rittenhouse was being embraced as a patriotic hero and bastion of Second Amendment rights for acting in self-defense that night in Kenosha.

At the event in Phoenix as part of his ongoing post-trial publicity tour, Rittenhouse appeared on stage alongside Jack Posobiec, a far-right figurehead who helped spread the QAnon-linked "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, as well as conservative political commentator Drew Hernandez and Blaze TV journalist Elijah Schaffer.

Charlie Kirk, founder of Turning Point USA and Newsweek columnist, told Rittenhouse at AmericaFest: "You're a hero to millions, it's an honor to be able to have you."

At the event, Rittenhouse reiterated his belief that his trial was about the Second Amendment. Despite his victims being white, race was considered a major factor in his trial given the shootings occurred at Black Lives Matter protests and arguments the then -armed 17-year-old would not have been able to walk freely past officers in Kenosha that night if he himself was Black.

"I think my trial was an example of them trying to come after our Second Amendment rights, a right to defend ourselves, in trying to take our weapons," Rittenhouse said.

Turning Point USA has been contacted for comment.

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Kyle Rittenhouse looks on after a break during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 9, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The 18-year-old walked on stage to his own theme song at a Turning Point USA conference in Phoenix, Arizona. Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images