Kyle Rittenhouse’s Trial Is an Absolute Sham
Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand in his own murder trial Wednesday. The now 18-year-old shot and killed two people and injured a third while acting out a twisted vigilante fantasy during a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer. Yesterday he testified in an attempt to convince jurors that he was acting in self-defense.
Rittenhouse’s testimony was maddening, as the prosecution called out his many lies about what exactly he was doing in Kenosha that night, after traveling there from his home state of Illinois and illegally obtaining an AR-15.
But the strangest moment of the day came when Rittenhouse appeared to break down in tears during his testimony. I say “appeared” because, well, see for yourself:
— Alexander Simpson (@ASimpson1985) November 10, 2021
Viewers were not convinced.
Crisis actor pic.twitter.com/PVMI8P0GNm
— Zack Bornstein (@ZackBornstein) November 10, 2021
“Hello 911? He was black, my name is Karen” pic.twitter.com/cA0jcYazq0
— Oliver Willis (@owillis) November 10, 2021
— Saeed Jones (@theferocity) November 10, 2021
White privilege is illegally carrying a weapon to an event with the intent to use it, murdering two people, then getting up on the stand and crying about being the victim. (And of course he’ll be acquitted.) https://t.co/iaUjGWbxmF
— Dylan Park (@dyllyp) November 10, 2021
Even the dictionary weighed in with an apt subtweet:
The term ‘crocodile tears’ (a superficial display of anguish) comes from a medieval belief that crocodiles shed tears of sadness when killing their prey. https://t.co/tkuVCEbBRa
— Merriam-Webster (@MerriamWebster) November 10, 2021
Infuriatingly, Rittenhouse’s charade worked and the judge allowed him to take a recess to compose himself. That’s not exactly surprising, given that this is the same judge who said he would not allow the people Rittenhouse shot to be referred to as “victims” (which is actually not entirely uncommon) but would allow them to be called “rioters,” “looters,” or “arsonists” in court (which is VERY UNUSUAL and blatantly biased!).
Judge Bruce Schroeder appeared to show his prejudice numerous times Wednesday. He repeatedly interrupted the prosecution to stop reasonable and pertinent lines of questioning, like here, where Rittenhouse is being asked why he was carrying an AR-15 in the first place—a pretty relevant question.
OMG this judge. he’s basically an additional defense attorney pic.twitter.com/ujNQSKFTP4
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 10, 2021
BREAKING: Judge In Kyle Rittenhouse Case Reveals He Has Adopted Kyle Rittenhouse, Declares Mistrial ‘Because He’s My Son’
— The Daily Show (@TheDailyShow) November 11, 2021
He also made the jury watch footage of the events in question in miniature form after buying the defense’s argument that Apple’s pinch-to-zoom function manipulates data via artificial intelligence—something that is simply not true.
Been just staring into the distance with every update about Judge Schroeder, because I dunno how to cope with someone this flagrantly dumb and racist right now. The justice system, again, real fucked up. This idiot has so many lives in his hands. https://t.co/8NuK5cbWE2
— April Wolfe (@AWolfeful) November 10, 2021
At one point, Schroeder’s phone went off and everyone got to hear his ringtone: Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the U.S.A.” While the song is nearly 40 years old and a pretty generic patriotic country number, many people also noted that in recent years, it’s been tightly associated with Donald Trump’s presidential campaigns.
“God Bless the USA” is the opening song played at every Trump rally.
Lee Greenwood literally sang it at Trump’s inauguration.
It is the ringtone of the judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. https://t.co/HpqpTj56ud
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) November 10, 2021
Schroeder and prosecutor Thomas Binger repeatedly argued during yesterday’s trial. At one point, the defense asked the judge to declare a mistrial with prejudice, which would mean prosecutors could not retry the case. Schroeder didn’t declare a mistrial, but he did seem to consider it.
The entire day, start to finish, was a complete farce.
Future legal courses on judicial misconduct, bias, and prejudice could be taught solely with clips of Judge Bruce Schroeder’s behavior during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial today.
— Andrew Wortman 🏳️🌈 (@AmoneyResists) November 10, 2021
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