Conservative commentator Candace Owens raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for a Virginia police officer who was fired for supporting Kyle Rittenhouse.
Owens presented Police Lt. William Kelly with a giant check for $ 202,000 on Daily Wire’s “Candace” after being fired by the Norfolk Police Department in April for anonymously contributing to the Rittenhouse Defense Fund.
In a preview clip first shared with Fox News, Owens told her audience she wanted to offer the ultimate answer to the backlash Kelly and her family faced to “side with the truth.”
VIRGINIA POLICE LIEUTENANT LAUNCHED FOR DONATION TO KYLE RITTENHOUSE FUNDRAISER IN SEARCH OF FAIR PROCEEDINGS
“I am very grateful to our police,” Owens said Monday. “I can’t even imagine, especially in the current political climate, knowing that you are fighting for justice and that you have a whole ecosystem of horrible people who are constantly fighting against you, fighting to fund you, telling you that you are not allowed to exist unless you side with the stories that are actually lies. So that makes me so happy. ”
âThank you very much,â Kelly told Owens.
The “Candace” host clarified that the amount raised for the 19-year-old veteran had increased since the giant check was printed. The total exceeded $ 250,000.
Owens raised funds through the crowdfunding website GiveSendGo with the initial goal of $ 100,000, which was well surpassed by more than double.
The full episode of “Candace” with Kelly will be released Tuesday night.
NORFOLK POLICE LIEUTENANT LAUNCHED FOR DONATION TO RITTENHOUSE DEFENSE FUND TELLS HIS STORY
Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on Friday after being accused of murdering two people and shooting another amid riots in Kenosha, Wis., Following the shooting of Jacob Blake in 2020, involving the police.
Rittenhouse and his defense team argued before the jury that he acted in self-defense as prosecutors said the teenager sought to stir up trouble and intended to kill.
“In my opinion, there are no winners in this business, there are no heroes in this business. I stood up for myself. I was attacked,” Rittenhouse told Fox News’ Tucker Carlson in his first interview since his acquittal.
Kelly was only about 10 months away from being a 20-year veteran of the ministry, by which time he would have been eligible to receive his retirement savings without penalty. He was fired from the Norfolk Police Department in April when he suddenly found himself desperate to find affordable health insurance for himself, his wife, who has cancer, and their three children.
âI thought I was a free man in America expressing his personal opinion to someone, giving a few words of encouragement and making a simple donation,â Kelly told Fox News in May.
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Kelly, 42, said he donated to a GiveSendGo account to benefit Rittenhouse, now 18, in late summer 2020. He registered an account using the e- address official mail from his police department, but said his donation was anonymous.
A message included with the gift read, âGod bless you. Thank you for your courage. Keep your head up. You haven’t done anything wrong. All the police on the base support you. Do not be put off by the actions of the political class of law enforcement leaders.
Kelly did not place the donation during working hours, he said. He didn’t hear anything about the contribution for months, until the morning of Friday April 16.
“I was getting ready for work one morning and received a phone call from a fellow police officer who worked at the central office,” he recalls.
His colleague was calling him about a report released that morning by The Guardian, who detailed how a “data breach” revealed how Kelly, who was a sergeant at the time, was among the police officers who donated to the Rittenhouse fund.
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Regardless of the events of the past year, Kelly has said without hesitation that he will return to work if given the chance.
âI love my job, I love law enforcement as a career,â he said. “It’s part of who I am.”
Fox News’s Stephanie Pagones contributed to this report.