A social media commenter and self-proclaimed ‘internet mouthpiece’ sparked a firestorm by tweeting that Alec Baldwin was innocent, but Kyle Rittenhouse was a murderer.
Jeff Tiedrich, a New York-based graphic designer and musician, made a name for himself online with his criticism of President Donald Trump.
On Thursday, Tiedrich, 65, weighed in on the decision to charge Baldwin with manslaughter for the October 2021 on-set shooting of cameraman Halyna Hutchins.
He compared it to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, who in August 2020 shot and killed two Black Lives Matter protesters when he was 17 years old.
Rittenhouse was tried and in November 2021 found not guilty of murder, arguing that he acted in self-defense amid chaotic scenes in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Tiedrich drew parallels between the two shootings.
Jeff Tiedrich, 65, has gained a million followers on Twitter thanks to his outspoken criticism of Donald Trump and his political activism.
Alec Baldwin is seen on October 21, 2021, after speaking to investigators about the fatal shooting of Halyna Hutchins. Now they have told him that he faces manslaughter charges.
Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 when he traveled from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to “protect” businesses during the Black Lives Matter protests in August 2020. Rittenhouse shot and killed two of the activists, but was later cleared of murder. from a trial in November. 2021
What Alec Baldwin did is a tragedy. what Kyle Rittenhouse did is murder. if you don’t know the difference, I can’t help you,’ Tiedrich tweeted, in comments viewed 3.6 million times, receiving 87,000 likes and 15,000 replies.
On Friday, Tiedrich redoubled his efforts, writing: “Damn, if an actor accidentally firing a gun while rehearsing for a movie makes you swallow bricks, wait until you find out.” the teen who asked his mom to drive him across state lines so he could deliberately shoot into a crowd of protesters.
Social media users reacted angrily.
“Rittenhouse was a clear case of self-defense and anyone who says otherwise is probably motivated by their personal animosity towards him,” said one.
‘Baldwin’s case boils down to the precise legal definition of what constitutes ‘ordinary negligence’ and is by no means a piece of cake. ‘
Baldwin is seen Friday outside his Manhattan home. He is said to be shocked by the charges and has vowed to contest them.
One said that Tiedrich should have paid more attention to the Rittenhouse trial.
What Alec Baldwin did was negligent homicide. What Kyle Rittenhouse did was self-defense.
“You would know the difference if you had seen 30 seconds of the Rittenhouse trial, which was nothing more than a waste of taxpayer money.”
Baldwin is seen in costume, covered in fake blood, in an image posted to Instagram.
Another accused Tiedrich of spreading “disinformation.”
“You got it backwards,” he said.
Kyle Rittenhouse has been tried and found not guilty. Alec Baldwin has yet to stand trial, but he soon will be and will almost certainly be found guilty.
‘Stop spreading misinformation.’
And another pointed out that Tiedrich was not an impartial arbitrator.
‘Baldwin was reckless and should have known better.
“Kyle is just a kid who wanted to help and got into a mob situation. People attacked him while he was running away. He did what any normal person would do, defend himself.
With your distorted perception, I wouldn’t want your help.
Baldwin insists he did not pull the trigger on the prop weapon that killed 42-year-old Halyna Hutchins.
He said the gun misfired. He has also argued that he cannot be held responsible for prop weapons and that he relied on gunsmiths employed on set.
His lawyer called the decision to charge him a “terrible judicial error.”
Halyna Hutchins, a 42-year-old camerawoman, was murdered by Baldwin on set in October 2021.
Rittenhouse is seen on January 24, 2022 on the set of conservative Candace Owens’ chat show.
Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin from his home in Illinois to ‘protect’ local businesses, after the Black Lives Matter protests turned sour.
He was not legally allowed to carry a rifle, but he did.
Rittenhouse, who had long idolized the police, ran around town in what he saw as a law enforcement role.
As the riots escalated, Rittenhouse came under fire and responded by opening fire on the crowd.
He killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. He shot and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, who was carrying a gun.
Rittenhouse became a hero to conservatives, but was called a murderer by the left.
His trial was closely watched across the country, and the jury ultimately acquitted Rittenhouse, accepting that he acted in self-defense.
In the year since his acquittal, Rittenhouse has tried to capitalize on his ‘fame’, launching a YouTube channel for gun fanatics and embarking on a speaking tour. He is selling a video game, where players can open fire on ‘fake news’ turkeys.
His actions remain controversial, and many venues where Rittenhouse was scheduled to speak ended up canceling his appearance amid protests.