“Rittenhouse Should Pay for his Crimes”: ASU Students Demand the Expulsion of Kyle Rittenhouse

President Joe Biden and media figures are not the only persons who are “angry” after a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse on all charges. Despite a jury with the same racial makeup convicting the defendants in Georgia in the Arbery case, many have denounced the entire legal system as racist. It does matter that there was evidence supporting Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense that was largely missing from prior coverage of the case. Now students and groups at Arizona State University are planning a rally and demanding that Rittenhouse be expelled. With leaders like President Biden calling Rittenhouse a “white supremacist” before any investigation was completed and legal analysts calling the entire trial “white supremacy on steroids,” there is a sense of legitimacy in demanding such extrajudicial punishments.

Students groups like MEChA (Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán), Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine and the Multicultural Solidarity Coalition are organizing a rally this week to “get murderer Kyle Rittenhouse off [the] campus.”  He is not on campus since he is enrolled as an online student. (Indeed, some reports indicate that he may not be currently enrolled for any classes at ASU). However, Rittenhouse has expressed interest in in-person attendance at ASU. Students and faculty are being called to the rally to “protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer.”

In addition, ASU student Taskina Bhuiya started a Change.org petition to denounce the verdict and to call for Rittenhouse to be “held accountable for the crimes he has committed.” Without a sense of irony, the petition declares “ASU should be a safe and inclusive place for all students, which will be disrupted if Kyle Rittenhouse is allowed to attend this school.” Inclusive unless you are an acquitted individual who must be “held accountable.” Hundreds have signed the petition insisting that “Rittenhouse should pay for his crimes.”

The campaign reflects a growing sense that the legal system is only worthy of respect (or even protection) if it rules in the way that we demand. It is the same mentality that has led members of Congress, law professors, and others to demand the expansion or restriction of the Supreme Court because it now has a conservative majority. Liberal justices like the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Justice Stephen Breyer have opposed such efforts as inimical to the rule of law.

We saw a similar campaign to block Nick Sandmann from attending Transylvania University. Some media outfits corrected false coverage of Sandmann, who was wrongly accused of racist attacks on a Native American activist. Various media companies settled with him and he is still in litigation with others. Yet, figures from an ACLU officer to a professor raised the alarm over his attending college and appearing on campus.

The fact is that Rittenhouse cannot be expelled or kept off campus due to such mob measures. He would quickly prevail in court. However, the rally and the rhetoric magnify the risk to his safety by those who demand “accountability” regardless of any verdict.

It will be interesting to see how many faculty step forward to defend his right to attend the college despite any misgivings over his case. Conversely, we have seen faculty members join such mob efforts, even attacking others on campus, blocking speakers, destroying political signs, or encouraging attacks on student journalists.  University of Rhode Island professor Erik Loomis defended the murder of a conservative protester and said that he saw “nothing wrong” with such acts of violence. Other faculty members have made similarly disturbing comments “detonating white people,” denouncing policecalling for Republicans to suffer,  strangling police officerscelebrating the death of conservativescalling for the killing of Trump supporters, supporting the murder of conservative protesters and other outrageous statements. It is less common to hear professors today speak out for the rights of conservatives or others who are being targeted by campaigns on campus. The risk is simply too great that they will be “tagged” as intolerant, racist, or reactionary.

ASU has responded to the controversy. Rather than rejecting the premise of barring a student based on such protests, the school simply noted that he is not currently enrolled. There is no need to cancel him if he is not currently a student. Problem solved. Yet, the planned rally still illustrates how education is now seen as a Yet, the planned rally still illustrates how education is now seen as a means to mete out punishment in lieu of conviction.

It is not surprising that Rittenhouse, who was looking at life in prison, did not register for classes this coming term. That would have been rather presumptuous with many in the media declaring him all but convicted before the start of opening arguments. He is likely to now move on with his life and will seek admission to ASU or another school. The question is whether he will be allowed access to an education or whether schools will yield to this campaign to bar him from any campus.

It is common for former felons (including violent offenders) to take classes or give lectures on campuses without such protests. It is not clear whether any school will admit this acquitted teenager given the protests at ASU and other universities.

If admitted, Rittenhouse has every right to attend ASU in person and has every right to expect that he can do so safely. If ASU cannot muster the integrity and courage to reaffirm those rights publicly, it has abandoned a core defining element for higher education. Colleges often sit in cringing silence as individual students are targeted and harassed. It is not clear whether Rittenhouse will seek to continue at ASU or other universities. However, his education should not be treated as a vehicle for collective extrajudicial punishment.

*This column was updated on his ASU status.

176 thoughts on ““Rittenhouse Should Pay for his Crimes”: ASU Students Demand the Expulsion of Kyle Rittenhouse”

  1. Enough yet for Defamation, harassment, intimidation?
    More income security for kyle?
    Sue the officers of each club/organization?
    Is Lawyer fee Cheaper, if suing by the dozen?

  2. What busy little Brown Shirts those ASU students are, to demand the punishment of a lawfully acquitted man based on misinformation.

    They would have fit right in under Lenin, Mussolini, or Mao.

    This is the age of censorship and injustice, with universities riding at the vanguard.

    1. This is what 50 years of intentionally vicious and divisive Democrat identity politics produces. One wonders if the Democrat party could even still exist without it.

      1. It would be good to see a groundswell of polite and supportive letters to flood ASU voicing support for the expelling of Leftist hate-groups that have openly threatened to disrupt the peace and civility of the campus if a “political enemy” is not unrighteously, unjustly, unlawfully, unConstitutionally and evilly denied admission in service to their dark emotions and neo-Marxist agenda.

    2. If ANYBODY does NOT believe OUR Constitution and Bill of Rights…they have NO right to stand for anything other than OUR Consitution …..and OUR Christian Nation.
      SIMPLE determination …..leave our country .

    3. ASU would better serve the safetly of their students and reputation of their institution by expelling the radical kooks threatening the peace and civility of their University if their demands to unrighteously, unjustly, unConstitutionally and evilly punish a “political enemy” are not met.

  3. There are plenty of colleges out there. With Nick Sandman’s money, I’m surprised he would be attending Transylvania, a relatively unheard of college. Personally, I would be attending college at a beautiful location in Europe. The U.S. still has some fairly conservative colleges. Kyle R. should find a Catholic college with a nursing program. He may still get some flak from the liberals, but nothing compared to attending a state institution overflowing with riff-raff and affirmative action borderline students.

      1. While I don’t doubt there was some significant nuisance pay-out to Sandmann, let’s remember that the reports of his legal winnings are still in the realm of “meme” and unsubstantiated report. Listen to some of the legal streams from Andrew Branca, Rekeita Law, and VivaBarnes Law. Suing a public newspaper for defamation is frightfully hard and the payoffs notoriously low. Especially in the southern NY district where many of the justices are in league with the fake news media.

  4. College is becoming a waste of money! It’s for learning and requires adults. Every student attending these rallies should be suspended and their scholarships should be reconsidered. Unless years of this nonsense is their goal. We are a country of laws. Or were. We have a President who doesn’t support the law. Or a jury who spent days listening to arguments and making a reasoned decision. Instead we have a President making statements criticizing the jury. He, beyond everyone, should support what The Constitution requires. He’s too busy worrying about President Trump’s Executive Orders. Eliminating jobs by ending successful job creators. Keystone, not only its own jobs but jobs ended in its path.

  5. Rittenhouse was present in a community populated by his family and friends. He carried an extinguisher to put out fires, offered aid to those affected by the violence, carried a firearm as a deterrent, and only shot in self-defense when there was not plausible, not imminent, and not probable, but immediate and progressive cause. He is no “hero” of the modern family.

      1. Certainly not a Capitol Hill “hero”. He stood up for the community… his community, when others were ordered to take a knee. His mission was to help those affected by the violence, and he only responded with lethal force after withdrawing, and only to an immediate threat to his viability.

    1. Authoritarianism, diversity [dogma] (i.e. color judgment), affirmative discrimination, cancel culture (e.g. witch hunts, warlock trials), redistributive per chance retributive change, and a wicked (a la final) solution, too.

  6. So, the student (?) organizations want to feel safe on campus. If Kyle does attend in person and is armed, which is legal in AZ, that campus will be safer than it was! These same student (?) organizations would welcome a murder or rapist (black or Hispanic) on campus if they had been let out of prison for their crimes. They probably support the guy in the slammer in Philadelphia who killed the cop years ago. He is a caus celeb for left wing Marxist student (?) groups. Free speech is wonderful, isn’t it? They want to take it away unless it’s them doing the speaking! FJB

  7. The ASU students are guilty of being gullible stupid leftest terrorist.

    Remember when the right said “liberals are indoctrinating our children”. Well, these are those children coming of age…

    1. And someone -likely some parents and a lot of taxPAYERS – are paying for these FOOLish “students” who are holier-than-thou when it comes to a person who wishes to study nursing. He wants to work; they want to be ignorant protesters.

  8. Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded another . . . in self defense. That was the question before the jury: was it in self defense ? All else is speculation. He was branded as being a ‘ White Supremacist ‘ by the Liberal Press. The men he shot were not black ( even though I’ve talked to a couple folks who thought they were ! ) ; what were they doing there that evening ? Protesting ? Rioting in the name of Black Lives Matter ? It’s all speculation . . . . until they attacked Rittenhouse . . . then it became real. Why did they attack Rittenhouse ? Doesn’t matter, really . . . maybe they were provoked somehow ? If they had managed to get Kyle’s weapon away from him ( dead or alive ), would they have been vindicated because it was in the name of some ‘ higher social justice ‘ ?

    Frankly I’m surprised that it took so long before such an incident took place. I would have thought that an entire summer of rioting, looting, burning, wounding ( all in the name of some higher social justice, mind you ) would have touched off a mini (un)civil war ! . . . . It may, yet !

  9. ” It does that matter that there was evidence supporting Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense”

    “It doesn’t matter that there was OVERWHELMING INCONTROVERTIBLE evidence and witness testimony supporting Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense”

    There, fixed it for you.

    1. He was present in a community of family and friends to help people affected by the violence, carried a fire extinguisher, first aid kit, and a firearm for deterrence, and only acted in self-defense, not to a plausible, not to an imminent, not to a probable, but an immediate and progressive threat to his viability, and only after being denied a withdrawal by his provocateurs.

    1. Yes! TaxPAYERS don’t need to support those who march about and sign petitions – rather than crack the books.

  10. Even the government knows that you must still treat criminals decently by feeding them and such.
    Maybe the students can learn something from the government about treating people decently.

  11. I was a Biden supporter until the Kyle statements Biden is a white nitwit.
    Y’all know what a nitwit is don’t ya?

  12. Attempted lynching in progress.

    Gotta like Taskina’s ‘linkedin’ byline: “education at work.” Uh-huh.

  13. We have all (except for the Lefty retards and their “But Trump…” comments) said it before, but the foundations of the country are under attack.

    We either win big in 2022 or watch the inmates take the asylum over.

    1. Monument says:

      “We have all (except for the Lefty retards and their “But Trump…” comments) said it before, but the foundations of the country are under attack.”

      Not to worry. The Liberals will build back better the foundations of America.

      Trumpists, Q-Anon and people of faith generally will be a dying breed as more people attend higher education. You call it brainwashing; I call it de-programming of cultish beliefs.

  14. When political leaders and media elite deliberately sabotage our legal system, they put lives in danger. This mob represents the lowest intellectual life form in academia, yet they get the media attention, and are aided and abetted by administrators around the country. How ironic that the same people fearing “Kyle the vigilante” have no fear of “mob justice.” From the BLM/Antifa mobs in the streets burning down Democrat-run cities, to the mobs doing smash & steals in major Democrat-run cities, to the mobs in liberal academia who sadly demonstrate everyday the utter failure of the US education system, the idiocy of left policies on law & order are clear. If Trump does get reelected in 2024, hysterics can blame the left, because when the mass of decent citizens feel overwhelmed and threatened by the fringe criminal element and the policies of their feckless leaders, they will opt for a “strong man” to restore law & order.

  15. I asked this is another thread. It would seem to be a question that could be asked in nearly every post JT makes:

    How can we expect to live in a civil society, with all the trappings of laws and regulations that come from recognized definitions of everything, if those definitions are ripped out from their roots?

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