Last year, during the period of unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, then-17 year old Kyle Rittenhouse rode from his home in Illinois for what he said was an effort to protect property and provide medical care. Armed with an AR-15, Rittenhouse shot three protesters, killing two of them, before the night was over.
Rittenhouse's lawyers argue that he shot the three victims out of self-defense, while the prosecution argues that Rittenhouse had no business being there in the first place and that his life was never in immediate danger.
The teenager has become a hero of the far-right, spotted taking pictures with fans at a bar just hours after a court hearing, wearing a "free as f**k" t-shirt and making white power gestures.
Now, a far-right congressional candidate in Ohio—JR Majewski—is once again lionizing Rittenhouse and endorsing vigilante "justice" as a valid way of countering unrest.
Majewski shared a photo of the popular Marvel superhero, Captain America, with Rittenhouse's faced superimposed under Cap's mask.
Captain Americapic.twitter.com/IWdP6GND71— JR Majewski for Congress (@JR Majewski for Congress) 1637060495
Majewski's tweet comes amid a wave of right-wing praise for Rittenhouse's action. Far-right Congresswoman and prominent conspiracy theorist Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia has spent much of the week praising Rittenhouse on Twitter and even encouraging her followers to buy AR-15s. Her colleague, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, claims Rittenhouse has become the "number one target" of the left.
Majewski's praise of Rittenhouse sparked widespread backlash.
This is fascism.https://twitter.com/JRMajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026— Max Berger (@Max Berger) 1637078197
Was there an issue of Captain America where he sucker-punches a girl from behind? https://twitter.com/thetnholler/status/1458496366578126853?s=21\u00a0\u2026\n\nAnd did he flash a white power sign after killing two people in one of the movies? @ChrisEvans help us out we may be forgetting.https://twitter.com/jrmajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026— The Tennessee Holler (@The Tennessee Holler) 1637078361
This is what an actual person is tweeting to help his bid for Congress. America is lost.https://twitter.com/jrmajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026— Ed Greenberger (@Ed Greenberger) 1637089829
Welp, looks like I'm rooting for Thanos in this branch of the timeline... https://twitter.com/JRMajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/q0qLJYDJ6b— Matt Modderno (@Matt Modderno) 1637090857
The Republican Party celebrating murderers.https://twitter.com/JRMajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026— Emily C. Singer (@Emily C. Singer) 1637078181
We need a new word for how disgusting this ishttps://twitter.com/jrmajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026— Rebecca Fachner (@Rebecca Fachner) 1637078318
What's even scarier is that Majewski could potentially win the seat he's campaigning for.
A pro-Trump Congressional candidate who could realistically win\u2026portraying the defendant in a double murder trial as a superhero. America\u2019s political culture is so profoundly broken.https://twitter.com/jrmajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026— Brian Klaas (@Brian Klaas) 1637083304
This is so gross. \n\nI struggled with retweeting it because I feel like it gives JR Majewski (whoever that is) too much attention for his insurrectionist congressional race.\n\nKyle Rittenhouse as Captain America \u2014 this is what they want in 2021. Wow.https://twitter.com/jrmajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026— Chris Wiggins \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08 (@Chris Wiggins \ud83c\udff3\ufe0f\u200d\ud83c\udf08) 1637082314
Kyle Rittenhouse as Captain America - from a Trump campaign vet running for Congress in Ohio, on a new map that makes him a slight favorite to beat Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D).https://twitter.com/JRMajewski/status/1460563696418234369\u00a0\u2026— David Weigel (@David Weigel) 1637078048
We won't know until after next year's midterms if Majewski will bring this behavior to the House of Representatives.