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US Fact check: Kyle Rittenhouse visited Mar-a-Lago, but not for a paid two-week vacation

00:06  01 december  2021
00:06  01 december  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The claim: Kyle Rittenhouse went to Mar-a-Lago for a 'two-week, all-expenses-paid vacation'

Rittenhouse closing arguments: He was attacked by a 'mob', versus he created the 'danger' © Provided by USA TODAY Rittenhouse closing arguments: He was attacked by a 'mob', versus he created the 'danger'

Immediately after the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse, who faced charges for killing two people and injuring another during a 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, misinformation spread quickly on social media. Now, some online claim Rittenhouse is enjoying a sunny vacation away from the courtroom where he spent three weeks.

"Rittenhouse just boarded a flight for a two-week all-expenses-paid vacation at Mar-a-Lago," reads text in a screenshot posted on Facebook Nov. 22, three days after the not-guilty verdict was announced.

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The post, which accumulated more than 1,700 shares in four days, is not the only one online. Other versions of the claim, posted as early as the day after the verdict, have also accrued thousands of shares.

Fact check: Altered video falsely claims to show jubilant reaction to Rittenhouse verdict in a bar

Rittenhouse visited Florida the weekend after his trial ended, and he met with former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach. But Rittenhouse's lawyer told USA TODAY he didn't go on a "two-week, all-expenses-paid vacation."

USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user who shared the post for comment.

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Protesters trace route Rittenhouse took in Kenosha

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Rittenhouse visited Mar-a-Lago

Local news outlets reported Rittenhouse was in Florida the weekend after his acquittal for an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson, who has a home on the state's Gulf Coast. The interview aired Nov. 22.

While he was in Florida, Rittenhouse also visited Trump. The former president told Fox News host Sean Hannity in an interview that he met the 18-year-old and his mom at his Mar-a-Lago resort.

Trump said Rittenhouse had called him wanting "to know if he could come over, say hello because he was a fan." Trump spokesperson Liz Harrington tweeted a photo Nov. 24 of Rittenhouse and Trump side by side.

But the teenager didn't spend two weeks at Mar-a-Lago on Trump's dime.

Mark Richards, Rittenhouse's lead defense attorney, told USA TODAY in an email the claim is wrong. Richards didn't say when Rittenhouse arrived at Mar-a-Lago or how long he stayed.

From OJ Simpson to Kyle Rittenhouse: A jury consultant binds the two

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In his interview with Fox News, which aired Nov. 23, Trump added that Rittenhouse had already left the resort by the time of the interview. That was just days after the Nov. 19 verdict.

USA TODAY reached out to Harrington for comment.

Our rating: False

Based on our research, we rate FALSE the claim that Rittenhouse went to Mar-a-Lago for a two-week, all-expenses-paid vacation. Rittenhouse visited Trump at the resort after his acquittal, but Rittenhouse's lead defense attorney told USA TODAY  he wasn't there for a two-week vacation. Based on the timing of an interview where Trump said Rittenhouse had left, the teen was there a few days at most.

Our fact-check sources:

  • USA TODAY, Nov. 19, Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts of homicide, reckless endangerment
  • USA TODAY, Nov. 23, Fact check: Altered video falsely claims to show jubilant reaction to Rittenhouse verdict in a bar
  • USA TODAY, Nov. 22, No evidence bricks placed in Kenosha for planned unrest after Rittenhouse verdict
  • Sandra Walsh, Nov. 20, Facebook post
  • WPTV 5, Nov. 22, Kyle Rittenhouse spotted at Florida restaurant
  • Fox News, Nov. 22, Kyle Rittenhouse tells Tucker Carlson case had 'nothing to do with race' in first interview after acquittal
  • Fox News, Nov. 23, Hannity - Tuesday, November 23
  • The Palm Beach Post, Nov. 24, Trump welcomes Kyle Rittenhouse at Mar-a-Lago days after Kenosha acquittal
  • Richards and Dimmer, S.C., accessed Nov. 26, Mark D. Richards
  • Mark Richards, Nov. 25, Email exchange with USA TODAY
  • The Hill, Nov. 24, Trump says Rittenhouse met with him in Florida
  • Liz Harrington, Nov. 24, Tweet
  • Donald Trump, accessed Nov. 24, News
  • BBC, May 5, Trump launches new 'communications' platform
  • Variety, July 16, 2020, Tucker Carlson Sells D.C. Digs, Snags Florida Hideaway

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Acquitted and in demand, Rittenhouse ponders what's next

  Acquitted and in demand, Rittenhouse ponders what's next KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — When he was acquitted of murder in shootings during unrest in Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse went from staring at possible life behind bars to red-hot star of the right: an exclusive interview with Tucker Carlson and a visit with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago capped by a photo of both men smiling and snapping a thumbs-up. For Rittenhouse, a year of legal uncertainty over whether his claim of self-defense would stand up has given way to uncertainty over what’s next. He told Carlson, in an appearance that spiked the host’s ratings by some 40%, that he hoped to become a nurse or maybe even a lawyer. He planned to “lay low” but would for sure leave the Midwest.

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