by Bold Staff
Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges on Friday, ending the highly publicized trial in Madison, Wis. On Aug. 25, 2020, Rittenhouse, 18, fatally shot two men and wounded a third during protests in Kenosha, Wis. Jury selection began on Nov. 1, 2021, and the final verdict has come after four days of jury deliberation. Rittenhouse was acquitted on all seven counts, which included the serious first-degree reckless homicide, primarily claiming self-defense. This high-profile case has become the center of the political and cultural discourse surrounding self-defense, guns, racism, media, and the judicial system. Here are ten responses to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.
10 responses to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict
- @MrAndyNgo shares screenshots of accounts that “are inciting mass violence on Twitter.”
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 19, 2021
2. @Public_Citizen shares a graphic contrasting the Rittenhouse situation to that of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin.
Travyon Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old kid. He was killed carrying a bag of skittles. The right-wing called him a threat.
Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 years old and armed. He shot and killed 2 people with an AR-15. The right-wing calls him a hero. pic.twitter.com/JursSJFT7j
— Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) November 19, 2021
3. @DrPaulGosar says, “As I said last year, obviously self-defense,” and he will “arm wrestle @mattgaetz” to get Rittenhouse as an intern.
Justice was served for #KyleRittenhouse and he is fully exonerated. As I said last year, obviously self-defense.
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 19, 2021
4. @ava shares statements from John Huber and Karen Bloom, parents of Rittenhouse victim Anthony Huber, saying the verdict “sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence…”
John Huber and Karen Bloom, parents of murderer #KyleRittenhouse’s victim Anthony Huber: the verdict “sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.” pic.twitter.com/zhfMCIsXIk
— Ava DuVernay (@ava) November 19, 2021
5. @benshaprio says, “Anyone with a prefrontal cortex who had watched the trial for more than 30 seconds knew” that not guilty was the right verdict.
Not guilty was the correct verdict. Anyone with a prefrontal cortex who had watched the trial for more than 30 seconds knew this. Anyone who says differently is a lying hack.
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) November 19, 2021
6. @QasimRashid compares the Rittenhouse verdict to three other not guilty verdicts where the victims were unarmed, saying, “The system isn’t broken—it was built this way.”
Cops murdered John Crawford holding a toy
Cops murdered Tamir Rice holding a toy
Cops murdered Breonna Taylor as she slept
Kyle Rittenhouse murdered 2 people at a racial justice rally
The system isnt broken—it was built this way
— Qasim Rashid, Esq. (@QasimRashid) November 19, 2021
7. @tedcruz said that “a whole lot of media outlets and Hollywood celebrities are going to be hiring defamation lawyers.”
When all this is over, a whole lot of media outlets and Hollywood celebrities are going to be hiring defamation lawyers…. https://t.co/tnA9T3o3AV
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) November 19, 2021
8. @CoriBush calls the case “white supremacy in action.”
The judge. The jury. The defendant.
It’s white supremacy in action.
This system isn’t built to hold white supremacists accountable. It’s why Black and brown folks are brutalized and put in cages while white supremacist murderers walk free.
I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m heartbroken.
— Cori Bush (@CoriBush) November 19, 2021
9. @megynkelly says, “Justice was done.”
Justice was done. Kyle Rittenhouse was unfairly maligned by a dishonest press, and politicians who used him to advance their own fortunes. If there are riots, these smear merchants will shoulder much of the blame.
— Megyn Kelly (@megynkelly) November 19, 2021
10. @keithboykin says Rittenhouse is “proof that white people can still break the law…”
I knew it. Kyle Rittenhouse is proof that white people can still break the law, carry illegal weapons, shoot and kill people, and get away with it in America by shedding tears and claiming self-defense.
— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) November 19, 2021
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Photo “Kyle Rittenhouse” by Kenosha County Courthouse.