Followers of the QAnon movement are lashing out at Kyle Rittenhouse for his comments on lawyer Lin Wood

Kyle Rittenhouse (L); A QAnon flag with a red letter Q on it (R)
Supporters of the QAnon movement are hitting out at Kyle Rittenhouse. Sean Krajacic – Pool/Getty Images; Robert Nickelsberg/Getty Images
  • The QAnon community has lashed out at Kyle Rittenhouse for his recent comments about lawyer Lin Wood.
  • Rittenhouse said this week that he fired Wood for his beliefs in “QAnon and election fraud stuff.”
  • Some QAnon followers then lashed out at Rittenhouse for his comments on QAnon-linked Telegram channels.

Kyle Rittenhouse has attracted the ire of the QAnon sphere for saying that he fired his lawyer, Lin Wood, over Wood’s QAnon beliefs.

Rittenhouse angered the QAnon sphere by commenting on Wood and the QAnon movement during an interview with NewsNation on Tuesday. Wood represented Rittenhouse when the 18-year-old was on trial for charges related to the fatal shooting of two men — Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber — and for injuring another, Gaige Grosskreutz, during an August 25 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse was acquitted on five felony charges last Friday. 

“We fired him, because he was, like, going on with all this QAnon and election fraud stuff and just stuff we don’t agree with,” Rittenhouse said. 

“He’s insane… how he thinks he’s God and he just says all these weird things. Like ‘we’re going to keep that boy in jail because there’s not gonna be any … civil or criminal cases come the election,’ which is just complete insanity,” added Rittenhouse. 

Some people on Telegram groups linked to QAnon — a baseless far-right conspiracy group that claims former President Donald Trump is secretly fighting a “deep state” cabal of satanic pedophiles and cannibals — lashed out at Rittenhouse for these comments. 

QAnon influencer John Sabal, better known as QAnon John, posted a message on Wednesday to his 71,265 subscribers, writing: “Not too smart to shit where you sleep, Kyle…” while linking out to the interview where Rittenhouse made those comments.

Some Telegram users on Sabal’s channel hit out at Rittenhouse for his critique of the QAnon movement.

“Little bastard. He has no integrity and had a small brain,” wrote a Telegram user with the ID May Flower. 

“This kid is not as good as he’s played. Crisis actor or autistic….his lawyers have the strings on this money puppet. But firing an amazing lawyer based on his personal beliefs is not a normal thing. He’s a political pawn. Patriots have raised this teen too high up,” wrote another Telegram user with the ID April Axsom. 

Meanwhile, Telegram users on QAnon influencer Ron Watkins’ channel called Rittenhouse a “false flag” and accused him of being part of a “psyop” to divide the QAnon world.

“The interview seems like it’s CGI. FF. The facial expressions on Rittenhouse seemed glitchy in some places,” wrote a Telegram user with the ID Truth24Sker while discussing the interview on Watkins’ channel.

Another Telegram user on Watkins’ channel with the ID And1THEONE went so far as to accuse Rittenhouse of being a child from the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, a common conspiracy theory in the QAnon-verse that posits that the shooting was a hoax

“People wake the fuck up. Their is AUDIO of him LYING. Their is an interview of Kyles mom. You all should listen. WHO would want be in jail for 86 days? This USED. Plus. KYLE IS NOAH from SANDY HOOK. Same NOSE,” wrote the Telegram user. 

Rittenhouse also blasted Wood and lawyer John Pierce for raising $US2 ($AU3) million as a legal defense fund for him that he said they used “for their own benefit.” 

For his part, Lin Wood posted on November 23 to his Telegram channel, telling his 766,788 subscribers that he has “said enough” about Rittenhouse.

“Please know that while I am not happy with those individuals and entities engaged in the most recent false accusations against me related to my efforts a year ago for Kyle Rittenhouse, I forgive them and I pray for them. They are influenced by the enemy and know not what they do,” Wood wrote.