According to Insider, the family of accused double murderer Kyle Rittenhouse has opened a merch store to help raise money for the 17-year-old as he faces trial, at one point even selling “Free Kyle”-branded bikinis and sports bras.
Wisconsin prosecutors have accused Rittenhouse of shooting and killing two anti-racism protesters and injuring a third in Kenosha this summer. He was arrested the following morning in Illinois and extradited to Wisconsin, where in November he was released on a $2 million bail.
To raise money for his legal defense, which his mother estimates will cost between $2 million and $2.5 million, his family is selling merchandise. His mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, wrote that she controls the defense fund.
“I alone control this website and Kyle’s Defense Fund,” she wrote. “Upon Kyles [sic] acquittal and return of the cash bail, Kyle wants to use remaining funds to help others fighting for their God-given right to defend themselves, their family, and their community.”
Associated with the store is a “Free Kyle” Twitter account, which indicated that “the store received more than 400 orders before its vendor, Printful, cut them off for violating its acceptable use policy (the top-selling item was a “Free Kyle” logo mug, followed by a T-shirt).”
Printful said in a statement: “We have chosen to discontinue our business relationship with this store in order to mitigate business risk. Ultimately, we don’t want to be affiliated with a store that’s involved in such a complex, controversial, and ongoing case.”
According to The Daily Mail, the Printful store included a $43 “Free Kyle” bikini, a $40 sports bra, and a $25 crop top.
The new web store has a more limited selection, with beanies, T-shirts, hoodies, and mugs. It appears to show models with pro-Rittenhouse phrases digitally edited onto the clothing.
The defense fund website shows that it has raised $59,000 through merchandise sales and direct donations so far.
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