Did Kyle Rittenhouse Just Get Canceled?

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While the news around Kyle Rittenhouse has greatly subsided since his rightful acquittal of multiple charges of murder, RedState reported yesterday that “social justice” groups on the campus of Arizona State University were rallying to get Kyle Rittenhouse disenrolled from the state school.

Here’s a taste of what the far-left demands looked like.

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system — Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims,” the groups’ Instagram statement reads. “Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer.”

Those demands include that ASU withdraw Rittenhouse’s enrollment, put out a statement condemning “racist murderer” Rittenhouse and white supremacy in general, and redirect funding from campus police to the ASU Multicultural Center.

Of course, everything being demanded there is pure insanity. Rittenhouse is not guilty to his victims…because he had no victims. Rather, he defended himself from felons, including a child rapist, who attempted to kill him. In the end, he broke no laws and had a right to fire his weapon when he did. While the families of those men have a right to grieve regardless of the circumstances, that doesn’t change the fact that Rittenhouse is not beholden to them as this letter proclaims.

Further, Rittenhouse is clearly not a “blood-thirsty murderer” given the fact that he only shot in self-defense. Had he shown up that night just wanting to shoot people, he had many more opportunities to do so and didn’t. Again, those facts are not in dispute. And, of course, the mention of white supremacy here is downright defamatory and completely void of any evidence.

But I digress, when those demands were released, the next question was how ASU was going to respond. Well, we might have our answer, though, the details are murky of this writing. That comes via Phoenix New Times.

In an official statement Monday to Phoenix New Times, ASU described Rittenhouse as “not enrolled.”

Rittenhouse testified during his trial earlier this month that he was a student at ASU, studying nursing. At the time, ASU confirmed that Rittenhouse was a non-degree student who had been taking online classes. The semester he had enrolled in ends this week.

It’s not clear when, how, or why his status at the university changed, and spokespeople there did not reply to further inquires from New Times on the matter, despite a campus controversy over his possible arrival.

Rittenhouse was supposed to finish his current semester at the end of this week. He had also publicly expressed his intention to not only remain at ASU as an online student but to also attend in person. Yet, that appears to not be happening now. What happened? Did these far-left groups succeed in getting him booted?

I’m not quite ready to say that yet. Though Rittenhouse has stated recently that he wants to stay at ASU to continue pursuing nursing, he also suggested he might want to take a different route, namely becoming a lawyer. Further, he had already dropped two classes prior to the trial. Perhaps he fully dropped out of his own accord? You couldn’t blame the guy for wanting to take a break. But what makes this even weirder, per the New Times, is that ASU responded to them by stating Rittenhouse hadn’t gone through the admissions process, insinuating he has never been a student there.

Regardless, it’s disturbing to see these radicals on college campuses make these kinds of demands, even if there’s another explanation for why Rittenhouse is no longer enrolled. Remember, ASU is the same bastion of lunacy that gave us those videos of Kyrsten Sinema being harassed in a bathroom. Something needs to change over there.