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Douglas Andrews / April 22, 2021

The Left and the Rittenhouse Doxing

By outing otherwise anonymous supporters of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Left is showing its willingness to stoop to new lows.

It happened in April 2014, before doxing was even a word. Brendan Eich, a superbly innovative entrepreneur and creator of JavaScript, became the world’s first high-profile casualty of an ouster driven purely by social media.

Why was Eich forced out as CEO of Mozilla, the company he cofounded? Not because he’d embezzled funds or made a racist remark or sexually harassed a subordinate. No, Eich was forced out because six years earlier he’d made a $1,000 political contribution to California’s Prop 8 campaign in support of traditional marriage — a referendum that, incidentally, was supported by a majority of Californians.

And yet, despite in 2008 having held the same views on marriage as then-presidential candidate Barack Obama, Eich was deemed unfit to lead his own company in 2014, while Obama was deemed fit to lead our nation through the end of his second term. Eich’s intellectual firepower, of course, ensured that he’d land on his feet. And soon enough, he’d launched and begun leading another successful tech firm, Brave Software.

But what happens to average Joes who get outed for supporting the “wrong” causes? What happens when they get doxed by the likes of Democrat Representative Joaquin Castro, who in 2019 despicably tweeted out the names of 44 Trump supporters and their employers in his San Antonio district?

More recently, what happens to everyday Americans who get doxed and end up losing their jobs as, say, paramedics or cops for having donated as little as $10 to a crowdsourced fund for 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse?

Rittenhouse, the anti-criminal crusader of Kenosha, Wisconsin, is now free on bond to await his legal fate for having shot three bloodthirsty thugs, killing two of them, in absolute self-defense last August 25.

Rittenhouse is, to many Americans, a highly sympathetic figure. He was in Kenosha in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake and the subsequent rioting, and he was there to keep the peace, to protect private property from the mob, and to administer first aid to anyone who needed it.

But the mob is after Rittenhouse again, and it’s after anyone who’d dare donate to his defense. As proof, the hard-left Guardian’s Jason Wilson reports, “A data breach at a Christian crowdfunding website has revealed that serving police officers and public officials have donated money to fundraisers for accused vigilante murderers, far-right activists, and fellow officers accused of shooting black Americans. … Rittenhouse, who … was even supported by then president Donald Trump, held a fundraiser on GiveSendGo billed as a contribution to his legal defense. … Among the donors were several associated with email addresses traceable to police and other public officials.”

The Guardian, which labels Rittenhouse an “accused vigilante murderer,” then proceeds to out some of his contributors. “One donation for $25,” Wilson writes, “made on 3 September last year, was made anonymously, but associated with the official email address for Sgt [sic] William Kelly, who currently serves as the executive officer of internal affairs in the Norfolk police department in Virginia. That donation also carried a comment, reading: ‘God bless. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You’ve done nothing wrong.’ The comment continued: ‘Every rank and file police officer supports you. Don’t be discouraged by actions of the political class of law enforcement leadership.’ Another Rittenhouse donor using an official email address was Craig Shepherd, who public records show is a paramedic in Utah. This donor gave $10 to Rittenhouse on 30 August.”

Really, you rotten Guardian hacks? You’re outing a guy for having made a $10 donation?

And so it goes, with our mainstream media using breached data to maliciously dox private citizens for their ostensibly intolerable views. The Norfolk PD has since fired Lieutenant (not Sergeant) Kelly, and a Salt Lake City-area news crew was dispatched to the home of Shepherd “to get the paramedics [sic] side of things.”

It’s sad but true: They’re not just coming after the Kyle Rittenhouses of the world; they’re coming after all of us.

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