Kyle Rittenhouse recently told Tucker Carlson that he supports the Black Lives Matter movement. The teenager, who travelled across state lines into a highly volatile situation and shot three people while pretending to be a cop, was found not guilty by a jury after killing two people and injuring another. Now, a BLM leader is speaking out.

TMZ spoke to Melina Abdullah, the co-founder of Los Angeles’ chapter of BLM. She doesn’t buy what Rittenhouse is selling. She goes so far as to say that it’s total BS.

“They are a propaganda machine that’s used to make the nonsensical seem to make sense. And so, they want to make Kyle Rittenhouse both the young hero of white supremacy, but also not be a white supremacist.

So, he’s declaring this…very tacit support for Black Lives Matter and for so-called peaceful protest. At the same time, we see all over his social media, him throwing up white supremacist signs. And people know what it is. It’s very clear what he is and what he’s doing.”

Last year, an image went viral of Rittenhouse posing in a bar and making a white supremacist hand gesture. It’s been alleged that the two men he posed with are members of the Proud Boys, but that hasn’t been confirmed. Rittenhouse denies the hand sign stood for white supremacy.

Abdullah also said that cozying up with prominent right-wing media personalities like Tucker Carlson does nothing to help his case. Carlson has been under fire for his documentary about January 6 conspiracy theories. He has long been the face of Fox News’ alleged dog-whistling of America.

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Michael Perry

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