Above is a comic I never heard of (but one with a regular platform), grandstanding over the Ritterhouse verdict as she reveals that she either has no idea what the facts are in the case, or is deliberately hate-mongering by sending lies into the public consciousness. She tells us that she takes her responsibility to “tell people what they need to know” seriously, and then tells them what isn’t true. “It’s not OK”, she says with great emotion. “For a man to garb a rifle, travel across state lines, and shoot three people and walk free.” In fact, it’s not “OK” for anyone to deliberately misstate the key facts of a controversial episode to the many ignoramuses who may be listening and are likely to be misled.
Rittenhouse did not “grab a rifle” and cross state lines. The law says that it is “OK” for someone—regardless of their race— to defend themselves with deadly force if they reasonably believe his life is at stake. Then she goes on to outright racism, claiming that whites have “always” escaped consequences when they engage in murder. She calls the judge and jury racist, for participating in a trial that acquitted a white man for shooting three other white men.
She seemed like an excellent introduction to this list of similarly dishonest, ignorant or hateful people showing their lack of fairness and critical thinking skills as they descended into hysteria and ugly rhetoric…because so many on the Left are receptive to it. This is not about a difference of legitimate opinion when Americans of note or in positions of influence and responsibility engage in inflammatory declarations based on a false description of what occurred.
Certainly the news media, even more than usual, played its “enemy of the people” role to the hilt, but its flagrant false reporting on the Jacob Blake shooting was four months ago. There is no excuse for anyone with integrity and responsibility still talking about the Kenosha police shooting “an unarmed black man” or representing Blake as anything other than a dangerous outlaw who was engaged in a crime, and justly shot. Because there was no racism or police brutality involved, the protests and riots supposedly prompted by the episode were contrived and based on incompetent (or intentionally incendiary) reporting. The subsequent narrative, that Rittenhouse was opposing “racial justice” and thus a “white supremacist” because he (foolishly, recklessly) sought to mitigate the destruction caused by an ongoing riot (triggered by an incident that only was “racist” in the overheated minds of the reporters and race-hucksters) cannot be defended.
The fools and dunces whose statements are noted below are shooting off their mouths (or social media accounts) in defiance of reality. As Bari Weiss points out in her substack essay (Pointer: John Paul),
To acknowledge the facts of what happened that night is not political. It is simply to acknowledge reality. It is to say that facts are still facts and that lies are lies. It is to insist that mob justice is not justice. It is to say that media consensus is not the equivalent of due process.
And, I would add, it is to say that just because politicians, celebrities, pundits and your Facebook pals are taking a position that literally makes no sense and is based on extreme bias and fantasy is not justification for following the parade.
Below is an incomplete list of the “Facts Don’t Matter” mob. Not surprisingly, I didn’t particularly respect any of these people even before they beclowned themselves in this ethics train wreck. Even so, there are serious problems in the culture (and the educational system) when so many default to gullibility, confusion, miserable logic and emotion. The unethical reaction to the Rittenhouse verdict is, perhaps, more significant than the verdict itself.
1. Keith Olberman tweeted, “Fuck this murderer.”
Of course he did. Imagine, MSNBC had this guy as its primary pundit for years. Self-defense is not “murder,” but a legal killing.
2. Becky Pringle, teachers union leader: “Regardless of race or place, we all want to live without fearing for our lives or those of our loved ones. Today, the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse failed to hold him accountable for his deadly actions, threatening the safety of all of us.”
Many of these comments have the depressing characteristic of ignoring the need for laws to hold people “accountable.” If legal actions have bad results, that doesn’t mean that a citizen can be punished criminally by consensus.
3. Shaun King, fake black activist, wrote, “Ultimately, gun laws were imagined, written, and are enforced in America to protect white boys and men. Those same laws are primarily used punitively against Black people….If you keep asking yourself how/why Kyle Rittenhouse could cause so much harm & serve no jail time while Black people are in prison for voting or sending their kids to school out of district, remember: Laws are meant to protect white people & white power and punish Black people.”
Many of the Rittenhouse liars pivoted to an anti-gun narrative. No blacks were involved in Rittenhouse’s confrontations. King, apparently, doesn’t comprehend basic analogies. He was also just babbling stream of consciousness hate.
4. MSNBC’s Joy Reid, whose continued presence on a news network is unforgivable, claimed, among other equally deranged assertions, that “the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was designed to protect white conservatives who kill.”
It was designed!
5. Jumaane Williams, New York City’s public advocate, asked “What’s the value of white tears (not even that many) in this country? Clearly more than black lives.”
What “black lives?” Presumably the “white tears” were Rittenhouse’s during his testimony, but what black lives were involved in his ordeal? How can American feel secure with idiots like this running their cities?
6. Speaking of New York City, its Communist Mayor Bill de Blasio proclaimed: “Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum are victims. They should be alive today. The only reason they’re not is because a violent, dangerous man chose to take a gun across state lines and start shooting people. To call this a miscarriage of justice is an understatement.”
Presumably Democrats are going to keep lying about Rittenhouse carrying “a gun across state lines” until the stars turn cold.
7. Race hustler Colin Kaepernick wrote: “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.”
Nothing in the case or Rittenhouse’s background suggested “white supremacy” or “terroristic acts.” And I’m sure you are as breathless as I am waiting to hear about the new legal system designed by an ex-NFL player. The fact that a shoe manufacturer uses this racist fool as a spokeman is signature significance.
8. Yahoo! wrote, reporting approvingly on Colin’s nonsense, “The day he shot three people, Rittenhouse, then 17, had traveled from Illinois with an AR-15-style rifle to a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.”
This outright lie is still being pushed as fact by sections of the mainstream media! Has Twitter taken action to ban this “misinformation”? Of course not.
9. Prof. Douglas M. Haynes, University of California (Irvine)’s Vice Chancellor for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and “Chief Diversity Officer” felt it appropriate to make an official statement to the campus. Why a California university should have any official comment on a trial in Wisconsin is a mystery. Haynes said in part,
The conclusion of this trial does not end the reckoning about systemic racism in the United States. If anything, it has simply made it more legible. Kyle Rittenhouse did not live in Wisconsin, but in Antioch, Illinois. He traveled to Kenosha during protests against police violence in the wake of the shooting of Jacob Blake while in police custody. Blake was shot seven times in the back. The Kenosha event continued protests in response to the killings of George Floyd on May 25, 2020 in Minneapolis and Breonna Taylor in St. Louis on March 13, 2020 in Louisville. These multi-racial protests were grounded in a call for racial justice and the end of police brutality. Rittenhouse imposed himself on the protests in Kenosha. His assistance was not requested. It was as much about resisting the calls of protestors as it was to defend property and render first aid.
For this reason, the verdict conveys a chilling message: Neither Black lives nor those of their allies’ matter.
UCI will continue its whole university approach to recognizing and responding to anti-Blackness as an existential threat to our mission as a public research university. Learn more on the UCI Black Thriving Initiative website.
Imagine: a professor wrote this; indeed a professor of history. Yet neither the Blake shooting, nor the death of George Floyd, nor the accidental shooting of Breonna Taylor, had any demonstrable racial components at all, other than presumed racism based on anti-white and anti-police bigotry. Haynes is not a lawyer, but I would hope a properly educated high school student could explain that jury verdicts are not based on whose lives “matter,” but what the applicable laws are and how they apply to the facts of a particular case.
Law professor and Constitutional Law expert Eugene Volokh responded to Haynes’ irresponsible screed by writing,
I would think that the verdict conveys a message that
- There’s a right to self-defense, whether against the “allies” of blacks or against the enemies of blacks or against anyone else.
- That’s particularly so if a person is pointing a gun at you, or reached for your rifle.
- The prosecution has to disprove claims of self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.
- Twelve jurors unanimously concluded that the prosecution hadn’t met its burden.
10. Rep. Illhan Omar—is she the worst of “The Squad”? It’s such a close competition—tweeted that Rittenhouse was a “domestic terrorist” and that he “executed” the fatally shot men.
Facts Don’t Matter.
11. Rep.Cori Bush (D-Mo.): “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.”
And you’re an idiot and a demagogue.
12. Nikole Hannah-Jones, the debunked “1619 Project’s” creator, used the verdict to promote her previous fake history and spread some more: “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.”
How likely is it that the three thugs shot by Rittenhouse were at the riot because of their deep, abiding concern for racial justice? All had rap sheets; all fit the profile of the kind of lawless opportunists who gravitate to riots and looting when protests go bad. Have you read any reporting on the backgrounds and beliefs of the men Rittenhouse shot? Why do you think this is?
11. More signature significance in a tweet from the ACLU’s Maryland Chapter: “Dangerous, disgusting, unacceptable white supremacy in #RittenhouseVerdict.”
What is it that this organization now stands for now? It sure isn’t the Bill of Rights, when a citizen’s Sixth Amendment rights are condemned because of his skin color.
12. Novelist Stephen King: “So…the white guy goes free. Is that the message?”
What an asshole. Good writer, though. To be fair, most of the best writers are assholes.
There are many more talking heads and media types in the list, but let’s move on to the always amusing celebrities, who never fail to blather on far beyond what their education, erudition, experience and IQs permit in situations like this. I’m going to limit this list to the celebrities that I could pick out of a line-up, and even then I’m leaving out a lot:
- LeVar Burton: “Tell me again there are not two kinds justice in America!” There might be two kinds, LeVar, but if you paid attention to this trial, it didn’t confirm your thesis.
- Actress Rosanna Arquette: “I have no faith in the justice system In America today I don’t want to live in a country that is ruled by violent ignorant racists.” I don’t have the energy to comment on that one.
- Actor Cary Elwes: “Another disappointing victory for White vigilantism.”
- Bette Midler: “Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty tho we SAW HIM kill two. Fundamentally stupid, I predict he will go on to a big career on #Fox and in #RadicalRightWing circles, which counts as a plus with them. A tragic, tragic day for decent, THINKING, feeling, ethical people everywhere.” Shut up and sing, Bette.
- Actress Kerry Washington tweeted: “Elections matter. The lives of Joseph Rosenbaum & Anthony Huber mattered. They should be alive today. Our 1st amendment right to free speech should not cost any of us our lives. And regardless of anybody’s verdict anywhere and at anytime, Black Lives Do Matter. Today. & always.” This one was interesting, as Washington followed the Left’s contrivance that Rosenbaum and Huber were killed because of their support for Black Lives Matter (in a protest/demonstration/riot that was based on false assumptions, when in fact it was their conduct that got them killed, and Washington’s animus against Rittenhouse is entirely based on his presumed beliefs, which are also protected by the First Amendment. (The First Amendment had nothing to do with the trial.)
- Former “Star Trek” actor George Takei: “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.” What pompous, empty claptrap!
- Mia Farrow wrote, “So anyone can come to a protest, just march down the middle of the street with a massive gun – and kill people?” Yeah, Mia, that’s exactly what happened.
- Ava DuVernay endorsed a statement from Anthony Huber’s parents that “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.'” A riot was well underway before Rittenhouse showed up. A dead man’s parents can be forgiven adopting a fictional version of what caused their son’s death. Nobody else should.
- Lady Gaga (Ann Althouse found this one):
The frightening thing is that so many people will think this is profound instead of what it is: meaningless posturing.