An employee in Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan’s administration was fired over the weekend after he repeatedly posted support for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged with murdering two people during a Wisconsin protest last week.
Arthur (Mac) Love IV, the deputy director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, was “relieved of his duties” Saturday after his memes praising Rittenhouse went viral.
“These divisive images and statements are inconsistent with the mission and core values of the Office of Community Initiatives,” Steven J. McAdams, executive director of the Governor’s Office of Community Initiatives, said in a statement.
The memes, first reported by Maryland Matters, include one with a white police officer giving two thumbs up and the caption “Don’t be a thug if you can’t take a slug.”
In another, a photo of Leonardo DiCaprio raising a glass of champagne is captioned “When you see a skateboard wielding Antifa chickens–t get smoked by an AR toting 17-yr-old.”
Rittenhouse has been charged with two counts of first degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide in the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, Tuesday night.
“Kyle is an innocent boy who justifiably exercised his fundamental right of self-defense,” his attorney, Lin Wood, told the Associated Press. “In doing so, he likely saved his own life and possibly the lives of others.”
Shareese DeLeaver-Churchill, a spokeswoman for Hogan, called Love’s online posts “obviously totally inappropriate” and said the governor will “fully support” the firing.
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