As protests raged in Kenosha, Wisconsin against the shooting of Jacob Blake by police in front of his children, 17 year old Trump supporter Kyle Rittenhouse traveled across state lines with a military style assault weapon, claiming he wanted to protect businesses from protesters.
Rittenhouse ended up killing two people and injuring a third before approaching police with his weapon. The officers permitted him to leave the scene and it wasn't until the following day that he was arrested at his home in Illinois.
Multiple on-air personalities at the conservative Fox News network have leapt to defend Rittenhouse's actions, claiming they were in self defense.
Far-right Fox host Tucker Carlson attempted to justify the murders and on Thursday, panelists on Fox's Outnumbered did the same.
Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich implied the shooting was justified due to what she claimed was a lack of police presence:
"I have to say on the argument of vigilante justice, when you have no police around to defend businesses and people who are being attacked and their livelihoods burned to the ground, then there is a void that is filled."
Fox host Chris Wallace ruffled feathers when he pushed back against the claim.
"I've got to push back ... there seemed to be the implication that somehow vigilante justice was understandable or justified by the lack of sufficient police action ... Vigilante justice is a completely inappropriate response to the rioting on the street...and vigilante justice is a crime and should be punished as a crime."
As panelists balked, Wallace continued:
"You were saying it filled a void, I don't think that's right"
Many Twitter users sided with Wallace.
And they decried Fox News' coverage of the murders.