Kyle Rittenhouse, 19, thanks Elon Musk for his $8 blue tick verification badge on Twitter


Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has received a blue tick verification badge on Twitter after signing up to Elon Musk’s new $8 service.

The 19-year-old, who was acquitted on murder charges last year after fatally shooting two men during the 2020 BLM protests, said he has been trying to be verified on the site for months.

The teenager announced the news with a screenshot of his new blue checkmark, tweeting: ‘Uh-oh. Thank you @elonmusk.’

He then added: ‘The comments from BIG MAD haters are pure gold.

‘You must not have noticed the blue checkmark. I’m elite now!’ 

Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has received a blue tick verification badge on Twitter after signing up to Elon Musk’s new $8 service

The 19-year-old said he has been trying to be verified on the site for months

The 19-year-old said he has been trying to be verified on the site for months

The controversial figure also revealed he had signed up to the premium Twitter Blue service to receive verification.

Other conservative accounts have also received verification on the site such as Libs of TikTok, and anti-trans activist Billboard Chris.

But it also comes amid chaos on Twitter after Musk unveiled the new verification system, leading to many impostor accounts fooling users.

A wave of accounts were easily able to impersonate celebrities by changing the name on their account and paying to get a blue tick next to it.

For example, Twitter user @nlntendodoofus was able to change their account name to ‘Nintendo of America’ and get a blue tick to make it look official.

Before being suspended, the fake Nintendo account tweeted an image of the Japanese firm’s mascot Mario with its middle finger up.

It comes amid chaos on Twitter after Musk unveiled the new verification system, leading to many impostor accounts fooling users

It comes amid chaos on Twitter after Musk unveiled the new verification system, leading to many impostor accounts fooling users

Meanwhile, a LeBron James parody account claimed the basketball player was ‘officially requesting a trade’ from his current side LA Lakers to another team.

And another account fooled users into thinking it was former US President Donald Trump simply tweeted: ‘This is why Elon Musk’s plan doesn’t work.’

Other people impersonated were former President George W Bush – who appeared to post a distasteful tweet about Iraq – and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani.

Last month, Rittenhouse started a YouTube channel devoted to his love of guns and the Second Amendment.

In the channel’s bio, the 19-year-old doesn’t shy away from mentioning his controversial past. 

Kyle Rittenhouse fires a gun at targets from close range in one snippet posted to his page

Kyle Rittenhouse fires a gun at targets from close range in one snippet posted to his page

‘You might remember me as the kid who defended himself with a firearm during the 2020 riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin,’ Rittenhouse wrote. 

In one short snippet, Rittenhouse appears to use a handgun to shoot at targets just feet in front of him while donning a ‘don’t tread on me’ tee shirt. 

‘Thank you guys so much for continuing to support me, and I’ll see you guys in the videos to come,’ Rittenhouse says to end the video. 

In his bio on the video app, the acquitted teenager says that his goal in starting the channel is to become an expert on the topic of guns.  

‘Join me in my journey to learn everything I can about new and vintage firearms and help to defend the Second Amendment, the bio states. 

During the trial, Rittenhouse broke down on the stand, claiming self-defense

During the trial, Rittenhouse broke down on the stand, claiming self-defense

In November of 2021, Rittenhouse was acquitted on murder charges related to the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum of Kenosha and Anthony Huber of Silver Lake. 

The teenager had also been charged with shooting Gaige Grosskreutz. 

After being found not guilty by a jury, Rittenhouse became a celebrity of sorts among the political right as a gun rights advocate.

Just recently, the teenager appeared at an event organized by Turning Point USA, an group whose ‘mission is to identify, educate, train, and organize students to promote the principles of freedom, free markets, and limited government.’

After his acquittal, Rittenhouse was also invited on right-leaning television programs and stations, and even had the chance to meet former President Donald Trump. 

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