Kyle Rittenhouse released a video game on Thursday where players will get to take aim and shoot at turkeys, supposedly representing the ‘fake news media,’ with proceedings allocated to a fund created to sue media outlets for defamation.
Rittenhouse, 19, was acquitted last November after shooting dead two white men and injuring a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during the protests and riots following the shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a local white police officer.
The teen, who will be attending Texas’ Blinn College in the fall, tweeted that his new video game is intended ‘to fight back against the fake news!’
‘Hi. I’m Kyle Rittenhouse. You might know me as the guy who was recently acquitted from all charges in the Kenosha self-defense case,’ the teen says in a promotional video for his new digital game. ‘From the very beginning, I did nothing wrong. But that didn’t stop the media from smearing my name.’
‘It’s time to fight back against the fake news machine. This is why I’m launching… The Kyle Rittenhouse Fake News Turkey Shoot video game. The media is nothing but a bunch of turkeys with nothing better to do than to push their lying agenda and destroy innocent people’s lives.
‘So go to RittenhouseGame.com and pre-order the game now and help me FUND the lawsuits to stop these fake news turkeys!,’ he added.
Money made from purchases of Kyle Rittenhouse’s Turkey Shoot video game will go on to fund the teen’s ongoing efforts to sue news outlets for defamation
The acquitted Kenosha gunman, now 19, said in a promotional video for his new game that ‘it’s time to fight back against the fake news machine.’ He added: ‘From the very beginning, I did nothing wrong. But that didn’t stop the media from smearing my name.’
Later in the promotional video, Rittenhouse holds a nerf gun before shooting in the air. A rap song is then played. The lyrics: ‘Fake news turkey shoot. Got a laser gun, going pew pew pew. Follow my suits. We about to bankrupt the fake news.’
The game, which was created by gaming developer Mint Studios, is listed for sale on Rittenhouse’s website for $9.99.
An animated version of the teen is displayed as the game’s main character, shooting up turkeys with labels such as ‘Fake News’ and ‘MSDNC’ – a moniker for MSNBC used by conservative politicians and news organizations, created during Donald Trump’s tenure as president.
‘We had to step in to help Kyle after we saw what was done to him,’ Mint Studios CEO Mint Chip said in a statement released to the Washington Examiner.
‘Before the trial, you couldn’t even mention his name in a positive manner on social media without getting banned. The truth literally got you suspended. We fight for the truth,’ he added.
In August 2020, Rittenhouse killed Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 26, before wounding Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm. The teen argued he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him. A jury last year acquitted him of multiple charges, including homicide.
The Illinois-born teen shot and killed two white men and injured a third during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020. He was cleared of all charges, including homicide last year
Earlier this month, Rittenhouse said he would attend Texas A&M University before clarifying that he will be attending the university’s ‘feeder school’ Blinn College before transferring to the Texas, public university in the fall
In January, a Wisconsin judge approved an agreement by lawyers to destroy the assault-style rifle that Rittenhouse used during the 2020 street protests, when a white Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, a black man, during a domestic disturbance.
The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests.
While buildings in Kenosha were burning after several nights of protest, Rittenhouse and his friend, Dominick Black, joined a group of militia members to protect a used car lot on the night of August 25, 2020.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time and living in Antioch, Ill., was armed with an AR-15-style rifle Black had purchased for him earlier that year because he was too young to buy a firearm under Wisconsin law.
According to a court motion, Black had agreed that the rifle would become Rittenhouse’s property on his 18th birthday, January 3, 2021.
Earlier this month, Rittenhouse insisted he will attend Texas A&M in the fall after the university said he wasn’t enrolled. He later clarified he would be going to Texas’ Blinn College and use it to then be admitted into the college.