Last Updated on February 17, 2022
Democrats, the media, left-wing NGOs, and Twitter blue checks, are coping and seething on social media about Kyle Rittenhouse’s recent acquittal.
After a trial that took almost two weeks, with national attention focused on the courthouse, Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts, including homicide charges. He had previously been charged with firearms charges, but these were struck by Judge Schroeder. The teen physically collapsed in tears as the not guilty verdicts were read, regaining his composure as he hugged his defense attorney.
Prior to the jury’s deliberations, Judge Bruce Schroeder removed two counts from the jury’s consideration, including allegations that Kyle Rittenhouse violated a local curfew and that Kyle Rittenhouse illegally transported a weapon across state lines. Judge Schroeder determined either that Rittenhouse did not violate the law in these instances, or that the prosecution did not do enough to provide evidence of wrongdoing.
However, despite Rittenhouse now officially being not guilty, a lot of people on Twitter were fuming at the result. These included Democrat elected officials, such as Cori Bush, who claimed the verdict was evidence of “white supremacy in action,” and New York mayor Bill de Blasio, who argued the convicted paedophile that was shot was a “victim.”
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
The far-right trolls who think it makes a difference whether a violent gunman got his weapon before or after he crossed state lines are missing the point: two people are dead and their killer is left unaccountable. That’s not justice and they know it.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) November 19, 2021
What we are witnessing is a system functioning as designed and protecting those it was designed for.
My heart still breaks for the communities and families whose grief now compounds, and the countless others who will be denied and deprived in similar scenes across the country.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 19, 2021
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36 and Anthony Huber, 26 — victims killed by Kyle Rittenhouse. The killer walks free thanks to a miscarriage of justice in WI. Huber leaves behind a stepdaughter, and Rosenbaum a daughter. White supremacy, guns, & institutional racism are a toxic combination. pic.twitter.com/Bq1oPxy8TN
— Gale A. Brewer (@galeabrewer) November 19, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse is living proof that white tears can still forestall justice.
A murderer is once again walking free today — our system is terribly broken. https://t.co/3FKF4c4R3t
— Adriano Espaillat (@RepEspaillat) November 19, 2021
America today: you can break the law, carry around weapons built for a military, shoot and kill people, and get away with it.
That’s the message we’ve just sent to armed vigilantes across the nation. https://t.co/yiVLN2v718
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 19, 2021
Today’s verdict is a stain on the soul of America, & sends a dangerous message about who & what values our justice system was designed to protect
We must stand unified in rejecting supremacist vigilantism & with one voice say: this is not who we are https://t.co/VOs66OZ2RJ
— Andrew Cuomo (@andrewcuomo) November 19, 2021
Leftist, race hustler activists were just as upset about the Rittenhouse verdict on Twitter. Nikole Hannah Jones continued to shill her anti-white 1619 Project tweeting about the verdict, while Twitch streamer Hasan Abi balked at the prospect of the “Rittenhouse precedent.”
In this country, you can even kill white people and get away with it if those white people are fighting for Black lives. This is the legacy of 1619.
— Ida Bae Wells (@nhannahjones) November 19, 2021
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
Today, America sent a very explicit message – that conservative white kids can get guns and assassinate us at protests w/ impunity. The adults know they can hide behind their children. We are in more danger than ever.
Holding the victims’ families in my heart today.
— Linda Sarsour (@lsarsour) November 19, 2021
welp. there it is. the rittenhouse precedent.
— hasanabi (@hasanthehun) November 19, 2021
Leftist NGOs were just as upset. The NAACP described the case as a “travesty,” and the ACLU continued to promote the debunked narrative that Rittenhouse “travelled across state lines.”
The verdict in the #KyleRittenhouse case is a travesty and fails to deliver justice on behalf of those who lost their lives as they peacefully assembled to protest against police brutality and violence.
— NAACP (@NAACP) November 19, 2021
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
Despite Kyle Rittenhouse’s conscious decision to travel across state lines and injure one person and take the lives of two people protesting the shooting of Jacob Blake by police, he was not held responsible for his actions.
Unfortunately, this is not surprising.
— ACLU (@ACLU) November 19, 2021
Media figures and journalists, who liberals often claim are the bastions of truth and impartiality, such as Joy Reid, Keith Olbermann, and Ben Rhodes, screamed that Kyle was a “murderer” and a “vigilante.”
.@TheReidOut Blog: The jury’s decision in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was a dangerous endorsement of a violent vision. https://t.co/1dnswp4Nll
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) November 19, 2021
If Kyle Rittenhouse was Black he would have been shot on sight. #NoJusticeNoPeace
— Anthony Tilghman (@AnthonyTilghman) November 19, 2021
Honestly hope that kid takes the opportunity to turn his life around and tries to make the world a better place rather than pursuing the George Zimmerman Life Trajectory.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) November 19, 2021
No penalty for vigilantism. None.
A dangerous, dangerous precedent.
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 19, 2021
Fuck this murderer. https://t.co/j2aZidns1D
— Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) November 19, 2021
It is difficult to express in words, or even via stats, how messed up the U.S. ‘justice’ system is, & how riddled with double standards it is.
Does anyone – even the most conservative person – really believe a black man or a Muslim like me would have been acquitted, too?
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 19, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse being found not guilty does not mean he's innocent
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 19, 2021
Today’s sham verdict was a great travesty of justice. The Rittenhouse verdict proves that this country has two separate and unequal systems of justice. We must build power on every level of government to protect our communities and force this corrupt system to end.
— Aimee Allison (@aimeeallison) November 19, 2021
A very dark message sent to all the other heavily armed would-be vigilantes out there.
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) November 19, 2021
Even non-political Twitter blue checks joined in on attacking Rittenhouse, including Billie Eilish’s brother, who said that the verdict “has shown that it remains legal to murder while white.”
The verdict has shown that it remains legal to murder while white
— FINNEAS (@finneas) November 19, 2021
We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist.
This only further validates the need to abolish our current system. White supremacy cannot be reformed.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 19, 2021
Judge Schroeder started the trial by ruling that the prosecution could not refer to the men Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed as "victims." It's not surprising that the jury got his message.
— Eric Klinenberg (@EricKlinenberg) November 19, 2021
Justice denied is a body blow to our national psyche. On trial was not only a killer, but a system that continues to kill.
Today that system defeated true justice, once again. But mark these words: We will never stop fighting for what is right and just.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 19, 2021
Absolutely ridiculous, enraging, and sadly not surprising.
— Matthew Mercer (@matthewmercer) November 19, 2021
Our criminal justice system is such a joke. Disappointed but not surprised.
— Andrew Barber (@fakeshoredrive) November 19, 2021