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The Rittenhouse trial becomes an opportunity for political fundraising and legal action.

As the jury debates the Kyle Rittenhouse murder case, fundraising emails from both his supporters and critics increasingly reflect how much the case has become a political touchstone, as well as a highly tense trial.

His supporters sent out campaign-style fundraising emails calling Mr. Rittenhouse a victim and asking for donations to a fund his family set up to cover his legal costs. At the same time, at least one political action committee is using anger at Mr. Rittenhouse to raise funds for progressive candidates.

“Both the prosecution and my son Kyle’s defense team have finished their closing arguments, and I’m very nervous,” Rittenhouse’s mother Wendy Rittenhouse wrote in a fundraising appeal that was published Tuesday.

“This corruption persecution has been extremely difficult and I am requesting emergency assistance to ensure it does not bury us,” she said in an email. “We already expect legal fees to be around $ 110,000 in November, but if we can find 2,500 people to donate within the next 48 hours, everything will be fine.”

Another email requesting donations to the fund was signed by David Clarke, a former Milwaukee County sheriff, Wisconsin, and a former spokesman for the political action committee supporting Trump.

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“What a bunch of violent sleepwalkers did to this city last summer was an absolute shame,” the email said, referring to demonstrations in Kenosha, Wisconsin after police shot Jacob Blake. “Kyle was there that night, you better believe it. But instead of starting fires, he had a fire extinguisher that tried to put them out. Instead of trying to harm people, he had a first aid kit that offered first aid to anyone who needed it. “

The tone of the emails reflects how Mr. Rittenhouse became a hero for many on the right, and as a result of the lawsuit, is tied to national politics.

On the other side of the spectrum, the Progressive Group Collective PAC sent out an email on Tuesday urging its supporters to make a donation to Attorney General Keith Allison of Minnesota, a Democrat running for re-election.

“The truth is, brutal white supremacists like Rittenhouse will continue to commit wanton violence across the country if we don’t hold them accountable,” the email said. “It starts with choosing people who will really fight for justice.”

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