Despite abuse flying his way on social media, actor Ricky Schroder said Tuesday that he is proud to have helped bail Kyle Rittenhouse out of jail.
Rittenhouse faces two counts of murder and other charges stemming from a chaotic night when rioting filled the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
The 17-year-old posted his $2 million bail last week. Prior to that, Rittenhouse had been confined in the Kenosha County Jail.
Lin Wood, who has helped organize a defense for Rittenhouse, included a photo of Schroder in a tweet last week after Rittenhouse was freed. Wood said MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell contributed to the fund to defend and release Rittenhouse, as did numerous other individuals.
FREE AT LAST!!!
From L to R:
Attorney John Pierce @CaliKidJMP
THE KYLE RITTENHOUSE
Actor Ricky Schroder @rickyschroder13
— Lin Wood (@LLinWood) November 21, 2020
Waves of anger and hatred soon washed over Schroder, with people on social media calling him a “white supremacist,” a “racist” and a “Nazi loving POS.”
It got to the point where he huddled with law enforcement to weigh whether any might be potential threats on his life, according to TMZ.
“When people talk about coming to my home is when they get my attention,” the actor said in an interview with the New York Post.
The TMZ report said Schreder put up $150,000 toward Rittenhouse’s bail. He told the Post his contribution was in the “hundreds of thousands” of dollars.
Schroder, best known for starring as a child in “Silver Spoons” and his adult roles in “NYPD Blue” and “Lonesome Dove,” said he is investing in the cause of freedom by helping Rittenhouse.
“It made me mad,” he told the Post. “This boy is innocent and he will be proven innocent. I did what any father should’ve done, and that’s get a kid out of jail that doesn’t deserve to be there.”
“He wasn’t there to stop the protests,” Schroder said. “He was there to defend property from chaos.”
Schroder said his donation to the bail fund was only a first step.
“I’m in this in the long haul for this kid, until his name’s cleared,” he said. “This is a clear case of self-defense.”
This Thanksgiving I’m grateful for the 2nd Amendment. The Right to Keep and Bear Arms protects ALL our other rights & freedoms. Understand now? https://t.co/YNTjB8CUTo
— Ricky Schroder (@rickyschroder13) November 25, 2020
This is an excerpt from The Western Journal.
Scroll down to leave a comment and share your thoughts.