Arizona State University Student Group Under Fire for Donating to Gunman

by Chris Haney
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A Republican-based student organization at Arizona State University is being slammed for donating money to Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old gunman who fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

College Republicans United announced that 50 percent of funds collected this semester will be donated to Rittenhouse’s legal defense costs.

The CRU describes itself as “an independently established America First organization,” according to the front page of the group’s official website. The description continues, “we seek opportunities to grow the club while educating members on the importance of traditional values, practices, and mindsets. We are an organization whose sole focus is supporting the Conservative momentum in Arizona while educating Millennials and Gen-Z. Our members consistently seek out opportunities for productive dialogue and involvement in our communities.

Statements Criticizing the Arizona State Group’s Donation

The ASU College Republicans denounced College Republicans United in a statement shared Saturday night, calling them a “radical, far-right extremist group.” The ASU College Republicans also called for a thorough investigation of CRU.

In addition, Arizona State University officials made a statement of their own addressing the situation. They said that ASU cannot prohibit a group from fundraising, but that the school does not endorse the fundraiser.

However, the university has shown its support of the Black Lives Matter movement with a tweet posted to their official Twitter page.

The ASU group is not the only one raising money for Rittenhouse. In fact, GiveSendGo, a self-described Christian fundraising site, stated it has raised more than $100,000 for his defense.

Background Info on the Shootings

Authorities in Kenosha, WI, say Rittenhouse shot and killed two people with an AR-15 rifle Tuesday. The victims were part of anti-racism protests occurring in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Rittenhouse told police he was trying to protect people and businesses, and that he acted in self-defense. Consequently, he faces multiple charges, including first-degree intentional homicide.

[H/T Yahoo! News]