Rumors are flying across the internet that Kyle Rittenhouse settled a lawsuit against The View for $22 million and a formal apology. His fans are ecstatic.
It would indeed be huge news if The View agreed to pay $22 million to settle Rittenhouse’s supposed defamation suit. But it’s not true in the slightest. Rittenhouse has never sued The View.
In fact, the rumor came from a satirical website. This is the third time the site has fooled people about Rittenhouse and The View.
Snopes reported on Thursday that claims of a settlement between Rittenhouse and the daytime talk show originated from an article published the day before by USA Taters, part of a network of websites run by the satirical America’s Last Line of Defense. Among the many clues that the story is fake is that it’s bookmarked “weird hero fetish satire.”
“According to our records, the bulk of the attacks against The View come from sites pretending to be right-wing propaganda when actually they’re leftist trolls making fun of Trump supporters,” the piece states.
“None of the lawsuits have been true so far, but this one definitely is. We promise.”
Rittenhouse’s conservative fans apparently missed such clues.
They’ve made Rittenhouse a cult icon for killing two and wounding a third during unrest over the police killing of a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse was found not guilty of charges associated with the shooting.
They swiftly spread the false claim about Rittenhouse settling with The View all over the internet.
Some of the posts racked up thousands of interactions.
“The view settles with Rittenhouse for 22 million,” @MarkDelao7 tweeted on Wednesday. “What a beautiful thing.”