The ongoing trial of murderous white supremacist Kyle Rittenhouse, already a complete and utter mockery of justice from the moment it began, descended into a full-on farce on Wednesday morning as the man pulled a Brett Kavanaugh and broke down crying on the stand.
Kyle Rittenhouse cries while testifying pic.twitter.com/ZyIn1pt6Za
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 10, 2021
Judge Bruce E. Schroeder, who made it clear from the first minute that he was in the bag for Rittenhouse and there was no chance that Rittenhouse would face any serious punishment for shooting and killing two protestors during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, called a recess to allow Rittenhouse to compose himself.
Judge Schroeder later screamed at the prosecutor for attempting to bring up a separate video in which Rittenhouse bragged that he wished he had a rifle in order to shoot shoplifters, which seems relevant to a case in which he used a rifle to shoot people.
The reason for calling Rittenhouse himself to the stand and then his subsequent performative crying fit was immediately made clear in the social media feeds of the right-wing: they needed some footage to frame Rittenhouse as a victim of leftist, uh, anti-shooting people laws and cancel culture smearing him as a white supremacist.
We leave our boys without fathers. We let the wolves set fire to their communities. And when human nature tells them to go and defend what no one else is defending, we bring the full weight of the state and the global monopolists against them.
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) November 10, 2021
Rittenhouse faces six charges and could be staring at life in prison if he is convicted, which he should be, but almost certainly won’t be.
Social media reacted in disgust to the performance by the trigger-happy young man who drove two hours out of his way to go play vigilante against those marching for the dignity of the lives of Black Americans and demanding justice for police murders.
Don't legal teams pay acting coaches for this very reason? This shit is worse than Brett Favre's first retirement. https://t.co/UtWKhuLtBR
— The Boneyard King (@TheGigconomist) November 10, 2021
Bad acting coach, crocodile tears — but perfect for Judge to give Rittenhouse a stern slap on the wrist & proclaim justice done. Ain't that America? https://t.co/boxGKQNefb
— Dominic Patten (@DeadlineDominic) November 10, 2021
Again, not a legal strategist but if you put a murderer on the stand and have him pretend to cry, TEARS should come out. https://t.co/bL8FIRikkD
— Bess Kalb (@bessbell) November 10, 2021
Fuck off. Six-year-olds caught stealing a cookie do better cry-denials than that. He rocked up with an illegally-bought AR-15. This whole thing is a farce. If he was black and had turned up with a penknife, he’d already be dead. https://t.co/9CZ6fmbzf9
— Michael Marshall Smith (@ememess) November 10, 2021
Are you fucking kidding me? https://t.co/NvYGyLIZ0O
— L., MA (@leslieleeiii) November 10, 2021
lil stupid baby testifies in his own defense, cries and shits himself, still gets off scott free because everyone in power looks at this and thinks "awwwww" not "what a fucking moral disaster of a human being and failure of child rearing" pic.twitter.com/5K8eQVPUOr
— conceptual jaya sundaresh (@timeforjaya) November 10, 2021
A monster kills people but because of his white manhood, he gets to be both aggressor and victim. At worst his greatest consequence for his crime while be the memes inspired by this performance, which is disgusting albeit typical. https://t.co/mbmpfPkb0U
— Michael Arceneaux (@youngsinick) November 10, 2021
The Brett Kavanaugh defense will work. This kid is going to walk free. https://t.co/IpWmIVzmU0
— Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli) November 10, 2021
Opinion columnist and former editor-in-chief of Occupy Democrats. He graduated from Bennington College with a Bachelor's degree in history and political science. He now focuses on advancing the cause of social justice and equality in America.