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A photo shows Kyle Rittenhouse wearing a “Klan outfit.”
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- This is a photo of a girl taken in rural Arkansas in 2007, and has been used before to falsely claim it showed Sarah Huckabee Sanders. Rittenhouse grew up in the Chicago suburbs.
An image of a child wearing a white Ku Klux Klan hood has been online for more than a decade, and for more than a year, some social media users have said that it’s Kyle Rittenhouse.
“Kyle been wanting to murder you since he wore his first Klan outfit,” says a description of the image that was shared on Facebook in September 2020, after he shot and killed three men in Kenosha, Wis.
The post gained traction once his criminal trial got underway (he was acquitted Nov. 19), and it was flagged as part of Facebook’s efforts to combat false news and misinformation on its News Feed. (Read more about our partnership with Facebook.)
A reverse image search of the photo shows that it was published by Mother Jones and NPR, among other news organizations, in 2008. Captions of the image show that it was taken by photographer Anthony Karen and shows a girl.
It also appears on Karen’s website with this description: “A Ku Klux Klan Labor Day gathering in rural Arkansas on Saturday, Sept. 1, 2007.”
The photographer sent Snopes a third photo in 2017 when the fact-checking site looked into claims that the child pictured was former White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (also not true).
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Facebook post, Sept. 6, 2020
Associated Press, Explainer: What charges does Kyle Rittenhouse face?, Nov. 16, 2021
Mother Jones, Aryan Outfitters, March/April 2008
Snopes, Did Sarah Huckabee Sanders wear a KKK Halloween costume in 1993?, Oct. 23, 2017
Anthony Karen, Ku Klux Klan, visited Nov. 18, 2021
NPR, Inside access: photographer captures the taboo, June 23, 2021
The Washington Post, Before a fatal shooting, teenage Kenosha suspect idolized police, Aug. 27, 2020
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