Billionaire Bill Ackman said the media thought his account was hacked after he showed support for Kyle Rittenhouse as a “civic-minded patriot.”
His comments made on Thursday shocked members of the media amid the 18-year-old’s trail for murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“Just got a call from the media asking if my Twitter account was hacked. That is, the reporter couldn’t conceive of the idea that I could believe that Kyle is innocent because I am not a right winger. Crazy,” Ackman tweeted.
After watching several hours of Rittenhouse’s testimony and cross examination on Wednesday with his wife, Ackman said he believed the teen “is telling the truth and that he acted in self defense.”
“We found him to be a civic-minded patriot with a history of helping his community as an EMT and fireman in training, in his removing hate graffiti earlier that day from a local school, and ultimately in volunteering to protect a business during the night of August 25th in Kenosha.”
He said watching the trial changed his perception from media reports and op-eds, now believing the jury will find Rittenhouse innocent.
“I encourage you to watch the trial, or at a minimum his testimony and cross examination, before you form a view of his guilt or innocence,” Ackman added.
He concluded: “Kyle Rittenhouse’s life is at risk. Justice demands a fair trial. Society would benefit greatly if politics did not enter the court room and convict innocent people.”
Ackman’s comments confirm what national radio host Todd Starnes said about the corporate media’s slant.
“If you’ve been watching the Mainstream Media’s coverage instead of the actual trial, you believe Kyle Rittenhouse is a Klansman who targeted peaceful protesters in Kenosha in a domestic terrorist attack and gunned down 3 black Sunday School teachers,” Starnes tweeted.