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              more   A University of Georgia (UGA) professor said in a recent column that the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial will motivate members of the political right to inflict violence upon the left. That professor, Cas Mudde, teaches international affairs, according to his UGA profile. “We know that ‘self-defense’ – often better known as vigilantism – is legally protected and highly racialized in this country. Think of the acquittal of George Zimmerman of the killing of Trayvon Martin in 2013,” Mudde wrote in a Guardian column. “In essence, the Rittenhouse ruling has created a kind of ‘stand your ground’ law for the whole country. White people now have the apparent right to travel around the country, heavily armed, and use violence to protect the country from whatever and whoever they believe to be threatening to it. Given the feverish paranoia and racism that has captured a sizeable minority of white people in the U.S. these days, this is a recipe for disaster.” The Rittenhouse verdict, Mudde went to on to say, gives “rightwing vigilantes a legal precedent to...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. State should make police bodycams mandatory I am writing to urge the state to make body cameras mandatory for every police department in California. As 2021 comes to a close, not all police departments in California make it mandatory. This must change. California has had its share of police misconduct. Body cameras not only prevent police brutality, they can disprove false accusations against police. Evidence shows a drop in use of force and misconduct with body cameras. Please take time to consider this. Noah Mocettini Livermore Planning can make safer roads for micro-mobility Upon reading yet another news item of a “bicyclist killed in collision …” (“San Jose: Bicyclist killed in collision on Bascom Avenue,” Nov. 29), the city planner major inside me couldn’t resist the urge of scrutinizing the location on Google Maps. My Swiss nationality tends to provide me with a hard bias toward cities that take advantage of their natural predispositions and against those who don’t. What could be more convincing...
    1/3 We have been disheartened to learn that some individuals and businesses have been using our Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey brand to celebrate the Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict, despite the profound loss of life from those events. — Heaven Hill Brands (@Heaven Hill Brands) 1637523138 The company added: "There is no link between our Rittenhouse Rye brand, which was started post-prohibition to commemorate Rittenhouse Square, and this case. It is our strongly held belief that in serious matters such as this, where lives were lost and people deeply affected, there is no cause for celebration, but instead deep reflection on how we can make the world a more peaceful and respectful place for all." 3/3 there is no cause for celebration, but instead deep reflection on how we can make the world a more peaceful and respectful place for all. — Heaven Hill Brands (@Heaven Hill Brands) 1637523166 How did folks react? As you might guess, many commenters took Heaven Hill to task for unnecessary hand-wringing and "virtue signaling": "I'll celebrate a verdict that reaffirms...
              more   Live from Music Row Monday morning on The Tennessee Star Report with Michael Patrick Leahy – broadcast on Nashville’s Talk Radio 98.3 and 1510 WLAC weekdays from 5:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. –  host Leahy welcomed Metro Nashville City Council Member-At-Large Steve Glover to the newsmaker line to discuss his discuss with the recent memo created by Dr. Stephanie Kang and circulated amongst the employees of the Metro Health Department against the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. Leahy: We are joined now by our good friend, Metro Council member at large, Steve Glover. Good morning, Steve. Glover: Ever since I lost 50 pounds, it’s hard to say “at large” now. Leahy: (Laughter) Very good. Very good. Carmichael: Congratulations to you, little man. (Laughs) Glover: Yeah, little man. Little man. Leahy: So, Steve, we confirmed with the Metro Health Department that Dr. Stephanie Kang who joined the Department in July as Director of Health Equity, wrote this email to employees at Metro Health Department. I’ll read it to you and then get your reaction. On November 19, 2021, Kyle Rittenhouse a young white man...
    The principal at Newton North High School in Massachusetts said the school would offer racially segregated spaces for staff and students of color to process the jury verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse self-defense trial, according to emails obtained by Parents Defending Education. Principal Henry Turner dubbed the Rittenhouse case “divisive” and said it “will be seen as a blow, particularly to black and brown people who are regularly reminded that their bodies are treated as less than others,” according to emails sent on Nov. 19. Turner promised to host “spaces for students and staff of color” to help process the outcome of the trial. The principal went on to say that the decision “shows the disparity of our legal system.” “If Kyle Rittenhouse were black, the outcome would be significantly different,” the email reads. Principal at Newton North High School in Massachusetts calls Rittenhouse acquittal racist and promises racially segregated groups (in writing!) for students and staff to process jury’s verdict. https://t.co/YKbZ9glCK6 — Parents Defending Education (@DefendingEd) November 29, 2021 Similarly, leadership at the University of Michigan’s Medical School...
    A Massachusetts high school principal has promised racially segregated spaces for students and staff to “process” a Wisconsin jury’s not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. Henry Turner, the principal of Newton North High School in Massachusetts, notified students and staff that spaces to “process” the jury’s not guilty verdict in the Rittenhouse case would be available, including a space reserved only for “students and staff of color.” STUDENTS AT ARIZONA STATE UNIVERSITY TRY TO GET KYLE RITTENHOUSE EXPELLED Rittenhouse was acquitted earlier this month by a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, of killing two men and wounding a third during a riot last year prompted by the shooting of Jacob Blake by a local police officer. Rittenhouse, relying heavily on video evidence, successfully argued that he had acted in self-defense. In addition to offering the processing spaces, Turner incorrectly recounted details about the case, including by saying that “there is a long history of acquittals such as this when white people get off for murdering black people,” despite the fact that the three people...
    ARIZONA State University students are demanding Kyle Rittenhouse be kicked out of the school after he was acquitted in his murder trial. Several groups have joined the call to remove Rittenhouse from the campus and a protest is being organized for Wednesday. 3Student groups are calling for Rittenhouse to be kicked out of ASUCredit: Reuters 3A protest is planned on campus for WednesdayCredit: Twitter The Students for Socialism group as ASU posted about the rally on Twitter, inciting others to "Join us and rally against racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse being permitted on our campus." The group, along with the school's Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition, and MECHA de ASU groups, have also created a list of demands for the school. Among those are kicking Rittenhouse out, releasing a statement "against white supremacy & racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse," reaffirming support for the multicultural center on campus, and redirecting funding from campus police to the multicultural center and "establishment of a CAARE center on campus." Rittenhouse, who was facing charges for fatally shooting two people and injuring a third...
    Best Buy and Levi Strauss are both facing a customer boycott after offering their employees counselling over Kyle Rittenhouse's not guilty verdict. Following the news that the teenager was acquitted, the two companies sent out memos telling their employees that counselling was available, with Levis offering sessions with a 'racial trauma specialist' to 'encourage healing.' Best Buy meanwhile sent a memo from the company's Chief Inclusion, Diversity & Talent Officer Mark Irvin, who encouraged those affected to 'take advantage of our mental health services, including the Life Solutions counselling services.'  However, people took social media to slam the companies and their woke response to the ruling, with some threatening to boycott their stores and cancel orders. '@BestBuy is actually offering counseling to employees for the jury getting the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial correct. They just lost a long standing customer in me,' one user wrote on Twitter. Best Buy (stored pictured on November 26) and Levi Strauss are both facing a customer boycott after offering their employees counselling over Kyle Rittenhouse's not guilty verdict Best Buy sent a memo...
    BEST Buy and Levi Strauss are facing a boycott from some customers for offering employee counseling over Kyle Rittenhouse's not guilty verdict. Users took to social media to slam the companies after news broke that services were being offered to employees who felt distraught over the case. 4Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts earlier this monthCredit: Reuters 4Best Buy is facing backlash for offering employees support after the Rittenhouse rulingCredit: Alamy "@BestBuy is actually offering counseling to employees for the jury getting the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial correct. They just lost a long standing customer in me," one Twitter user wrote. Another slammed Levi's: "The race for most woke company marches on and I can no longer buy 501s, which I have worn for 40+ years. These idiots destroy everything." Levi's reportedly offered employees a session with a "racial trauma specialist," while Best Buy offered "mental health resources" and "counseling services." Another Twitter user hoped to hit Best Buy in the wallet for the offer. "@BestBuy just found out about ur memo on the Rittenhouse verdict to ur...
    Submit your letter to the editor via this form. Read more Letters to the Editor. Unincorporated areas need representation Since residents in unincorporated areas of Alameda County don’t have mayors or city councils, our only local elected representative is our county supervisor. It’s vital citizens in our unincorporated areas have more representation and consideration on the five-member Board of Supervisors — not less. If all unincorporated areas are lumped together (gerrymandered) into one district with just one supervisor to represent our interests, then our supervisor’s vote will be negligible – 1 in 5. Map A is the best choice because it has two supervisors representing the interests of unincorporated areas. It would be ideal if there could be a map with three supervisors (and their staffs) representing the unincorporated areas. But one supervisor and his/her staff can’t possibly represent the myriad of problems our highly populated unincorporated areas face. Winifred Thompson and Gerald Thompson Castro Valley Getting out the truth on racial inequity Your article Nov. 22, “Black former middle school student sues school district,” (Page B1) is a valuable...
              more   The University of St. Thomas in St. Paul offered counseling to students who were ‘impacted’ by the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. The school said, “As individuals and communities, we may need time to process the verdict.” University of St. Thomas, MN pic.twitter.com/UFnciVKZdx — Libs of Tik Tok (@libsoftiktok) November 23, 2021 An email, addressed to the University of St. Thomas business students, was posted to Twitter, where the university acknowledged that, “this past week has been challenging for many members of our community following the verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.” Rittenhouse had been charged with murder and reckless endangerment after shooting three white men, two of which died, during the riots in Kenosha in August 2020. A panel of 12 jurors found Rittenhouse not guilty of any of the counts of murder or reckless endangerment. Rittenhouse cited self-defense as the motivation for his actions. According to the email, the diversity and inclusion working group held a meeting on Tuesday following the Rittenhouse verdict to “create a space and environment where members of our...
    In the aftermath of last week's verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, some commentators saw the acquittal of a white Illinois teenager as an indictment of America. 'There's a two-tiered system here, where [black Americans] don't have the right to self-defense, in the same way [as white Americans],' CNN political commentator Van Jones said on Cuomo Prime Time on November 22.  'I don't have a Second Amendment right, in the same way.'  Jones claimed to be giving voice to a 'pain' in the black and progressive communities that apparently believe America's laws are not applied equally. 'There's still pain here about the sense of difference,' continued Jones. 'We don't have the right to self-defense and Second Amendment in the same way that others do.' Over the last six days, there have been three different murder cases that provide data points to help evaluate these concerns over the fair application of self-defense laws in American courtrooms.  3 CASES, 3 DIFFERENT OUTCOMES: (Left) Travis McMichael was found guilty for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery. (Center) Andrew Coffee IV was acquitted on felony murder and attempted...
    Former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard, a moderate Democrat, expressed support for the “guilty” verdict delivered in the murder of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, saying it disproves the “woke narrative” of America being a racist place. Gabbard tweeted on Wednesday: Jury in the Arbery case got it right, as did the jury in Rittenhouse case. Jurors (average Americans) had the intelligence and honesty to make the right decision based on evidence—not race or politics. This undermines the ‘woke’ narrative that Americans are stupid and racists. In another tweet, Gabbard said: If America is a racist country, Arbery’s killers would not have been found guilty by a nearly all-white jury in Georgia. Most Americans (of all colors) believe in Dr. MLK’s adage that as God’s children we should be judged by the content of our character, not the color of our skin. Jury in the Arbery case got it right, as did the jury in Rittenhouse case. Jurors (average Americans) had the intelligence and honesty to make the right decision based on evidence—not race or politics. This undermines the ‘woke’ narrative that Americans...
    Rep. Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) introduced a bill on Tuesday to award Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal for "protecting the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020." The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest honor Congress can award to an individual or institution. It is highly unlikely the bill will go anywhere in the Democrat-controlled House and Senate, and it has no co-sponsors.  Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wis., and wounded a third, was acquitted last week by a jury of all charges, including intentional homicide. Conservatives have praised the jury’s not guilty verdict in a trial that has divided the nation along partisan lines, embracing the argument that Rittenhouse was acting in self defense and intended to protect local businesses. A spokesperson for Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzPress: Rittenhouse verdict demands change in gun laws Madison Cawthorn offers Rittenhouse an internship Gaetz says Rittenhouse would...
    Sometimes, it ain’t worth the whiskey. Following the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, a company told its customers that the ‘Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey’ should not be used to celebrate the verdict. Heaven Hill Brands tweeted Sunday that they were “disheartened to learn that some individuals and businesses have been using our Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey brand to celebrate the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, despite the profound loss of life from those events.” 1/3 We have been disheartened to learn that some individuals and businesses have been using our Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey brand to celebrate the Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict, despite the profound loss of life from those events. — Heaven Hill Brands (@heavenhill) November 21, 2021 “There is no link between our Rittenhouse Rye brand, which was started post-prohibition to commemorate Rittenhouse Square, and this case,” the company continued. “It is our strongly held belief that in serious matters such as this, where lives were lost and people deeply affected, there is no cause for celebration, but instead deep reflection on how we can make the world a more peaceful...
    Several downstate Illinois lawmakers are blasting Gov. J.B. Pritzker for his comments following the Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty verdicts. A Wisconsin jury acquitted the 18-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during unrest last year, finding he acted in self-defense. Pritzker issued a statement following the not guilty verdicts. "Carrying a loaded gun into a community 20 miles from your home and shooting unarmed citizens is fundamentally wrong. It's a tragedy that the court could not acknowledge that basic fact." State Reps. Adam Niemerg, R-Dieterich; Brad Halbrook, R-Shelbyville; Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur; and Chris Miller, R-Oakland called the remarks irresponsible and dangerous. "It is unbelievable to me to think that he can unilaterally preside over a case and say guilty or innocent when he has no idea of the evidence, no idea of what has happened in this particular instance,” said Niemerg. In a written statement, the four lawmakers called the governor’s comments beyond reprehensible. "The real tragedy here is that Illinois has a reckless, thoughtless governor who puts far-left politics ahead of the...
    Heaven Hill Brands, a large company behind several well-known spirits, went full woke this week, expressing disappointment upon learning that some customers were using its Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey to celebrate the not guilty verdict of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse. “We have been disheartened to learn that some individuals and businesses have been using our Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey brand to celebrate the Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict, despite the profound loss of life from those events,” Heaven Hill Brands said on social media this week, referencing Joseph Rosenbaum, a pedophile sex offender, and Anthony Huber, who pled guilty to charges of strangulation, suffocation, and domestic abuse; both men were fatally shot by Rittenhouse in self-defense. “There is no link between our Rittenhouse Rye brand, which was started post-prohibition to commemorate Rittenhouse Square, and this case,” the company assured. “It is our strongly held belief that in serious matters such as this, where lives were lost and people deeply affected, there is no cause for celebration, but instead deep reflection on how we can make the world a more peaceful and respectful place...
    By Larry Keane Gun control groups have gone apoplectic over the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wis. Looking at their statements, social media and reactions, gun control is no longer just gun control. Gun control is no longer about anything close to resembling common sense and has nothing to do with actual community safety. It’s all about control and nothing less. The Rittenhouse trial, news coverage and verdict exposed glaring blind spots in the politicians calling for a rushed prosecution, the media repeating debunked narratives and gun control groups conveniently ignoring actual heinous crimes previously committed by those who attacked Rittenhouse, including during the incidents in which he defended his own life. The prosecution’s rush to charge and courtroom fumbles showed blatant – if not intentional – errors. Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University Law School, told Fox News, “They [prosecutors] rushed to bring charges against him and then when the case started to fall apart they seemed to become more and more desperate and they started to cut corners and make errors.” That included attempting to turn...
    KHLOE Kardashian shared a post about "worrying and praying" after getting slammed for her reaction to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. The KUWTK star, 37, faced backlash last week for speaking out on Rittenhouse being found not guilty, despite staying completely silent on the Astroworld tragedy. 4Khloe Kardashian shared a post about 'worrying and praying' after getting slammed for her reaction to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdictCredit: getty 4The reality star shared this Bible extractCredit: Instagram And Khloe seemed to be seeking solace in the Bible amid the controversy, as she shared an extract from the New Testament. The quote, circled in a red heart, read: "Don't worry about anything, instead, pray about everything. "Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done." Khloe posted the section on her Instagram Stories without adding any sort of caption. RITTENHOUSE VERDICT The mother-of-one came under fire at the weekend for tweeting she was “speechless and disgusted” hours after Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted after fatally shooting two men during protests and riots against police brutality last year. A...
    A Kentucky liquor company was "disheartened" to learn some people had been using one of its whiskey brands to celebrate the not guilty verdict for 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse . Heaven Hill Brands said in a statement posted to Twitter it was unhappy to learn some people were using the company's Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey to "celebrate" the verdict of Rittenhouse, adding there was "no cause for celebration" after the teenager was acquitted on five counts last week. "We have been disheartened to learn that some individuals and businesses have been using our Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey brand to celebrate the Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict," the liquor company said in the statement. "There is no link between our Rittenhouse Rye brand, which was started post-prohibition to commemorate Rittenhouse square, and this case." SNL BLASTS KYLE RITTENHOUSE: 'HOPEFULLY, HE GOT ALL THAT SHOOTING OUT OF HIS SYSTEM BEFORE HE BECOMES A COP' The company said there was "no cause for celebration" following the 2020 incident when "lives were lost" and people were left "deeply affected." Instead...
    This is a rush transcript of "Gutfeld" on November 22, 2021. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated. GREG GUTFELD, FOX NEWS CHANNEL HOST (on camera): Happy Monday, everyone.So, the Rittenhouse trial might have lasted a few weeks, but like Brian Stelter's hair, the fallout was immediate. Which is good for shows like mine because I can just press cruise control and let the morons speak for themselves.Seriously, this script could have been written by the producers of Full House, only the show would have been called full --(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)CHRIS HAYES, HOST, ALL IN WITH CHRIS HAYES, MSNBC: Kyle Rittenhouse was just 17- years-old when he drove across state lines.UNIDENTIFIED MALE: He's driving across state lines.AREVA MARTIN, LEGAL ANALYST, CNN: He crosses state line.ELIE HONIG, SENIOR LEGAL ANALYST, CNN: He crosses a state line.PAUL SOGLIN, FORMER MAYOR OF MADISON, WISCONSIN: He crossed state line.DON LEMON, HOST, CNN: -- who crossed state lines.CHRIS CUOMO, ANCHOR, CNN: Came across state lines.AL SHARPTON, HOST, MSNBC: This guy came over state lines.UNIDENTIFIED MALE: Provocatively, drove across state...
              moreby 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.” Left-wing accounts are furious and are inciting mass violence on Twitter after Kyle #Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all the charges. #Kenosha pic.twitter.com/M62aHnqrjB — 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....
    WHILE speaking with Sean Hannity, former President Donald Trump weighed in on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict saying the teen would have died if he “didn’t pull the trigger.” The hour-long exclusive interview ended with Trump giving his thoughts about the controversial verdict in which Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts.  4Donald Trump spoke with Sean Hannity for an exclusive hour-long interviewCredit: Fox News 4Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted on all chargesCredit: Fox News Rittenhouse visited Trump at Mar-a-Lago after the verdict, where the former president says he got to know the teen a little bit. “He came over with his mother. Really a nice young man,” said Trump, who called what the teen went through during the trial “prosecutorial misconduct.” Trump believes Rittenhouse shouldn’t have had to “suffer” through the trial where the 18-year-old was charged with first-degree homicide after fatally shooting two people and injuring one other person last summer.  He claimed that Rittenhouse would have died if it were not for his actions that night, alluding to the teen’s claims of self-defense. “If he didn’t pull...
    (CNN)Former President Donald Trump said he was recently visited at his Palm Beach, Florida, resort by Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who was acquitted last week on all charges after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer."He called. He wanted to know if he could come over, say hello, because he was a fan," Trump said during an interview with Fox News' Sean Hannity that aired Tuesday night.Trump said Rittenhouse, 18, had left Mar-a-Lago "a little while ago," and Hannity had earlier said that his interview with Trump took place on Monday. During the interview, Fox showed a picture of Rittenhouse posing with Trump."He came over with his mother. Really a nice young man. ... That was prosecutorial misconduct. He should have not have had to suffer through a trial for that. He was going to be dead," the former President said.The comments were in line with ones Trump had made while in office.Read MoreA 12-juror panel deliberated more than 25 hours in the closely watched case, ultimately acquitting Rittenhouse on Friday of...
    Toward the end of an hourlong interview with Donald Trump on Tuesday night, Sean Hannity revealed that the former president met with Kyle Rittenhouse after the 18-year-old was found not guilty last week. The Fox News host even displayed a photo of the meetup at Mar-a-Lago. Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts relating to his fatal shooting of two men and wounding of another in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year. One of the men he killed had drawn a handgun. His lawyers argued he was acting in self-defense. “After the verdict Kyle Rittenhouse went to visit you,” said Hannity. “I have a picture of it. I want to get your thoughts on the rush to judgment, especially by Joe Biden.” During his presidential campaign, Biden suggested that Rittenhouse was a White supremacist. Earlier in the day, Fox News White House correspondent Peter Doocy asked Jen Psaki if Biden will “ever apologize” to Rittenhouse over it. After discussing the driver who killed six people in Waukesha, Wisconsin, Trump returned to Rittenhouse and said that “he was a fan.” Trump explained,...
    Although I participated in the countercultural "revolutions," antiwar protests and racial conflicts of the 1960s, it wasn't until August 2016 that I had my first truly unnerving intimations of a full-blown American civil war: Then-presidential candidate Donald Trump told a rally that if Hillary Clinton "gets to pick her judges, judicial appointments, nothing you can do, folks. Although, the Second Amendment people — maybe there is. I don't know." By June 1, 2020, Trump's seeming afterthought about "Second Amendment people" had metastasized into something truly scary. He and combat-fatigues-clad Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, along with Attorney General William Barr, strode from the White House to Lafayette Park, where a peaceful demonstration had been dispersed brutally by National Guard troops. Trump's insistence only days earlier that the U.S. Army itself should be sent against the protesters — a demand echoed by Arkansas Sen. Tom Cotton in a now-infamous New York Times op-ed — reminded me of Julius Caesar leading Roman legions illegally across the river Rubicon from Gaul into Italy in 49 B.C. to subdue...
    Host Howard Kurtz said Tuesday on Fox News Radio’s “MediaBuzz Meter” that Kyle Rittenhouse was a “17-year-old kid who did a dumb thing by bringing an AR-15 into a violent zone,” which he said was not heroic. Kurtz said, “Many liberal commentators are refusing to accept the verdict. They really are not accepting the verdict. They’re still calling him a murderer. They’re still calling him a white supremacist. ‘Forget about the trial. I mean, come on. That is a technically everybody knows he’s guilty.'” He continued, “There was a lot of evidence of self-defense. And just because certain people on the left don’t like the verdict, wanted him to be guilty, wanted him to go to prison, doesn’t mean they have the right to ignore the fact that a jury of his peers unanimously reached an acquittal on all counts and they still pretend.” Kurtz added, “My other point on this is, I’m equally wary of people on the right who said, ‘Oh, he’s a hero.’ He should be a congressional intern, Matt Gaetz says. No, he’s not a hero. He...
    Asked if President Biden would apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting he was a white supremacist, press secretary Jen Psaki deflected to President Trump's refusal to condemn white supremacy.  'Would the president ever apologize to the acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse for suggesting online and on TV that he is a white supremacist?' Fox News' Peter Doocy asked Psaki in a daily briefing.  'President Trump ... didn't just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency,' Psaki replied.  'So what we've seen are the tragic consequences of that - when people think it's okay to take the law into their own hands instead of allowing law enforcement to do its job.'  Psaki continued: 'The president spoke to the verdict last week. He has obviously condemned the hatred and division and violence from groups like the Proud Boys, and obviously that individual has posed in photos with, but beyond that I'll leave it to his comments around the verdict.'  During the trial, prosecutors presented a photo of Rittenhouse as evidence of him consorting with...
    'Victim character assassination' On cue, co-host Sunny Hostin decried what she saw as "victim character assassination" against Rosenbaum, Huber, and Grosskreutz. "Rittenhouse didn't know the background of those guys," she said. "He didn't know that one, uh, you know, may have molested a child. Or another one had mental issues." Image source: YouTube screenshot Wait. Back up. Did you catch those key words — "may have"? Hostin — who's an attorney, no less — for some reason didn't know Rosenbaum alone had mental issues and was convicted and served time for child molestation. There is no "may have" about it. She also criticized Rittenhouse for being in Kenosha that night "to protect property — as if property is more important than life." Fortunately for Sunny, it wasn't her property or lifetime of efforts getting torched. Indeed, prior to Goldberg's pronouncements, Hostin rather dismissively mentioned that in Kenosha "there was a very small group of folks" — yes, "folks" — "that, you know, burned down some buildings, ransacked...
    Milwaukee Black Lives Matter activist Vaun Mayes speculated Sunday that the Christmas parade massacre in Waukesha, Wisconsin, could be a harbinger of “revolution” — then backed off the sentiment days later as more information came out about the case. “I don’t know. Now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened,” Mayes said of the deadly parade incident during Facebook Live stream on Sunday evening (archive here), as lights from first responders’ vehicles flicker on his face. “But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade.” Black Lives Matter activist Vaun L Mayes @YungLz at the scene of the Waukesha parade attack: "It sounds like the revolution has started," mentions hearing from a source who believes Darrell Brooks may have been motivated by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.pic.twitter.com/ayp3BjbfZ7 — Nobody (@TheNoboddy) November 22, 2021 Mayes offers more commentary on what he sees throughout the live stream, watching a local woman give an interview to a news...
    Dan Abrams called out leaders across the U.S. political spectrum on Monday night for their reactions to the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. Abrams, the host of Dan Abrams Live on Newsnation, warned that leaders ignoring the facts of the case and politicizing the verdict is not only wrong but is undermining our “entire judicial system … for political purposes.” Abrams — who is a legal analyst and also the founder of Mediaite — introduced the segment saying, “I’m really frustrated about the reactions to the Rittenhouse verdict. A verdict that surprised really no one who was watching the evidence and remotely understood the law.” He then explained that the jury’s verdict “was not a judgment of Kyle Rittenhouse but a legal question of whether prosecutors disproved self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.” He then went on to look at the reactions of Vice President Kamala Harris and President Joe Biden — who said the verdict left him “angry and concerned.” “Angry and concerned the jurors did their duty and came to a fairly obvious legal?” Abrams questioned before...
    A BLACK Lives Matter activist issued a troubling message by suggesting that the Waukesha Christmas parade attack was a signal that "the revolution" may have begun. Self-described activist militant Vaun Mayes, of Milwaukee, speculated that the tragedy on Sunday - which killed five and injured more than 40 others - was linked to the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse. 5Vaun Mayes, of Milwaukee, speculated that the tragedy on Sunday was linked to the acquittal of RittenhouseCredit: Facebook 5Rittenhouse was acquitted on Friday of murder chargesCredit: Fox News Rittenhouse was acquitted on Friday of murder charges after he shot dead two men and wounded a third at a BLM riot in Kenosha last year, which was spurred by the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, at the hands of a white cop. The accused culprit behind the parade attack, 39-year-old Darrell Brooks, tweeted his dismay over the verdict just hours before he allegedly drove his red Ford Escape through the packed parade route, carving through performers as spectators watched on in horror. Police so far say they have found no link...
    A Black Lives Matter activist has claimed the Waukesha Christmas parade attack which killed five people was linked to the acquittal of teenager Kyle Rittenhouse. Activist Vaun Mayes speculated that the attack which saw suspect Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, drive a car into a crowd of parade goers in Wisconsin on Sunday was the 'start of a revolution'. Mayes claimed that the horror that unfolded during the Christmas parade was linked to growing anger over the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial, which saw the teenager acquitted on charges stemming from killing two men and wounding another during the unrest that followed the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer.    Activist Vaun Mayes speculated that the attack which saw suspect Darrell Brooks Jr, 39, drive a car into a crowd of parade goers in Wisconsin on Sunday was the 'start of a revolution' Video footage showing the moment a speeding red Ford Escape SUV ploughs into a marching band during a Christmas parade in Waukesha, Wisconsin, on Sunday Speaking from the scene of the parade attack on Monday night,...
    A Milwaukee Black Lives Matter activist said that the Christmas parade attack in Waukesha, Wisconsin, appears to signal "the revolution" may have begun.  "I don’t know. Now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened," Vaun Mayes said in a Facebook Live on Monday. "But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade." Mayes is a well-known activist in Milwaukee. He describes himself as a "Battle rapper, Community activist, Songwriter, Tattoo artist, Militant," in his Twitter bio, which is accompanied by various hashtags, including "#BlackLivesMatter,"  "#BlackLoveMatters" and "#RBG." WAUKESHA LOCALS DESCRIBE CHAOTIC CHRISTMAS PARADE SCENE, QUESTION SUSPECT'S CASH BAIL "I said I wasn’t going to speak on no rumors. Y'all are repeating some of the stuff that, you know, that has come up. And I can tell you that the initial person who reached out to me said that they believe that this has to do with the verdict, and so I made...
    27 Fun Toys to Buy for the Next 2-Year-Old Birthday Boy or Girl on Your List NFL picks, predictions against spread Week 12: Packers rock Rams; Patriots pop Titans; 49ers, Bengals hum again Have Excellent Credit? These Cards Are for You Ad Microsoft $200 Sign Up Bonus Just In Time For The Holidays Ad Microsoft Experts Urge Americans to Refi Before 2022 Ad Microsoft Full screen 1/37 SLIDES © Neil Rasmus/BFA/REX/Shutterstock After four days of deliberating, the jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse case found the teen not guilty on all charges. Kyle was charged with killing two people...
    Republicans are lionizing Kyle Rittenhouse as they move to capitalize on the 18-year-old’s newfound celebrity on the Right to score points with the conservative base in their campaigns. After Rittenhouse was acquitted in a Wisconsin courtroom of murder and other felony charges stemming from his involvement in the Kenosha riots, prominent Republicans cheered, and he even sat for an interview with Fox News’s Tucker Carlson. Statements of support poured in from former President Donald Trump, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis, and Republicans running in competitive congressional primaries, including Senate candidates Blake Masters in Arizona and Jane Timken in Ohio. “That could have been any of us,” Masters said. “That could have been my son.” SEAN PARNELL TO END PENNSYLVANIA SENATE CAMPAIGN AFTER LOSING CUSTODY OF HIS CHILDREN Republican Mark McCloskey traveled to Kenosha for the trial, hoping to convert his support for Rittenhouse into a boost in his Missouri Senate prospects. Meanwhile, in Texas, underdog Republican Don Huffines, waging an uphill battle to unseat Gov. Greg Abbott in a March 1, primary, was thick with praise for Rittenhouse, saying...
    China’s state-run Global Times on Sunday claimed the Kyle Rittenhouse trial “exposes the illness of the U.S. political system” and argued the not-guilty verdict proves American democracy “has failed to heal the illness of social polarization and racial divergence.” As with many Chinese propaganda publications, the Global Times editorial largely regurgitated the obsessions and criticisms of far-left U.S. media, mixed with confident declarations from “Chinese experts” that America’s bitter divisions have sealed its doom.  Justin Blake marches in Kenosha to “Black Economic Attack” on a car lot following the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. (Randy Clark/Breitbart Texas — AP Photo/Paul Sancya) That is how the Chinese paper saw evidence of “racial divergence” in the trial of a white youth who shot three white men in self-defense, and repeatedly muttered the Rittenhouse jury “appeared to be overwhelmingly white.” American media figures keep saying things like that, so Chinese state media says it, too. The “Chinese experts” sagely concluded America will remain divided until it wises up and embraces one-party authoritarianism like China: Chinese analysts said that cases such as this which could spark...
    (CNN Busienss)A version of this article first appeared in the "Reliable Sources" newsletter. You can sign up for free right here.The exalting of Kyle Rittenhouse reached new heights on Monday evening when Tucker Carlson used his top-rated Fox News prime time program to lavish even more praise on the teenager.Before airing his interview with Rittenhouse, Carlson declared, "During the course of our long conversation, Kyle Rittenhouse struck us as bright, decent, sincere, dutiful, and hardworking." Carlson went on to say that Rittenhouse is "exactly the kind of person you would want many more of in your country. He's not especially political. He never wanted to be the symbol of anything." Later in the program, Carlson described Rittenhouse as a "sweet kid." None of that is particularly surprising, given how Carlson has previously covered the case. But it shows how the dominant sector of right-wing media, led by Carlson, is continuing to work to elevate Rittenhouse as a role model for others. Not only are people like Carlson excusing the general concept of vigilante justice, they are actively encouraging it. There...
    A public Massachusetts university offered segregated "processing" spaces to students following the not guilty verdict in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot and killed two protesters demonstrating against the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Last week, a jury unanimously declared Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty on all charges relating to the fatal shooting of two protesters — Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber — and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz. In response to the verdict, Fitchburg State University's Center for Diversity & Inclusiveness informed students of the "processing" spaces in an email sent out to the student body, according to Fox News. "The Center for Diversity and Inclusiveness is creating space for our community to process the 'not guilty' on all accounts verdict in the Kenosha, Wisconsin case where Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois native shot and killed two people protesting the wrongful death of Jacob Blake in 2020," the email read, incorrectly stating that Blake had been killed. Blake was severely injured in the August 2020 police shooting, becoming paralyzed as a result. As Fox News reported, the university said the "processing" spaces would be divided...
    As the highly anticipated verdict was read in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial on Friday afternoon, Fox News saw a surge in total viewers compared to the day before while CNN and MSNBC remained relatively steady during the day and saw a drop during prime time. In total day, Fox News saw its viewership reach 2.45 million, compared to 2 million the day before. CNN reached 678,000 total average viewers during the day, an increase from 609,000 the day before. MSNBC meanwhile dipped from 990,000 viewers Thursday to 983,000 on Friday as the verdict was announced. Fox News scored a whopping 3.813 million average total viewers during its prime time coverage on Friday between 8 and 10 p.m. — compared to 3 million the day before. CNN, on the other hand, had 726,000 average total viewers during its prime time coverage, compared to 799,000 the day before. MSNBC dropped to 1.4 million total prime time average viewers compared to 1.5 million the day before. Leading the day in the ratings was Tucker Carlson Tonight which blew away its time...
    Fox News correspondent Gillian Turner said on Monday people should not be viewing Kyle Rittenhouse as a hero. Outnumbered showed President Joe Biden’s initial response to the verdict Friday, when the president said he “stand[s] by what the jury has concluded.” Kayleigh McEnany brought up the later statement from President Biden and remarked, “We went from ‘the process worked’ to ‘he’s angry.'” Turner said it was “particularly hard for facts to break through” in the Rittenhouse case. “Two of the most persistent, incorrect facts that have pervaded this entire media landscape during this trial are the idea that Kyle traveled across state lines with the firearm, which he did not. Also that he shot Black men, which he did not,” she added. However, Turner continued on to say people shouldn’t be viewing Rittenhouse as a hero or seeing any winners and losers from this verdict: This case is particularly tragic because Kyle may have been acquitted, but he’s not a hero here. There are no heroes, there are no winners. There is no victory lap for Kyle or anybody else...
    Black Lives Matter activist Vaun Mayes suggested the Waukesha Christmas parade attack on Sunday might be linked to retaliation for the Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict. Mayes speculated despite there being no evidence of a connection between the verdict and the attack. He arrived at the scene of the parade attack on Monday and addressed his audience on Facebook in a livestream video. “I don’t know. Now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened,” Mayes said. “But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin . It started with this Christmas parade.” WAUKESHA, WISCONSIN, REELS AFTER HORRIFIC PARADE ATTACK LEAVES AT LEAST FIVE DEAD AND SCORES INJURED Black Lives Matter activist Vaun L Mayes @YungLz at the scene of the Waukesha parade attack: "It sounds like the revolution has started," mentions hearing from a source who believes Darrell Brooks may have been motivated by the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict.pic.twitter.com/ayp3BjbfZ7— Nobody (@TheNoboddy) November 22, 2021 “I...
    Image source: Twitter video screenshot via @TinaRamirezVA Nichols doesn't mention the names of Huber and Rosenbaum, but they were the only two people Rittenhouse fatally shot, and they were 26 and 36, respectively. Rittenhouse also shot and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, who testified he pointed a gun at Rittenhouse's head before Rittenhouse shot him in the right bicep. Grosskreutz also is white. Here's the clip: JMU is a publicly funded university that is now pushing political propaganda and misinformation from their social media accounts. \n\nJMU\u2019s actions are unethical, as Kyle Rittenhouse was found innocent, and dangerous, as the post pushes false info that could lead to violence. 2/2 — Tina Ramirez (@Tina Ramirez) 1637360228 Ramirez wrote in her Twitter posts that she received the clip from a JMU alum and that the clip is "now deleted." She added that JMU "is a publicly funded university that is now pushing political propaganda and misinformation from their social media accounts" and that the school's "actions are unethical, as Kyle Rittenhouse was found innocent, and dangerous, as the...
    Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted. It's not surprising. I don't know if he should've been convicted on all counts against him. He killed two people, though. It wasn't in self-defense. That he wasn't found guilty of anything is incredible. If there's justice in this world, this isn't it. Our discourse is dominated by concern about the lack of trust in democratic institutions. This is usually with reference to the former president. His constant carping about being a victim is legit reason to worry. Everything feels unstable when the president is a big baby. But this attention to trust rarely includes the outgroup. Those are the people with the most reason to lose faith. I'm not the first or last to say if Rittenhouse had been Black or brown, the trial's outcome would have been different, almost certainly. The judge in his trial almost certainly would not have tied himself in knots to influence the jury. That distrust reflects a broken system of justice. It's not equal. I wish more respectable white people understood and internalized that. For the ingroup,...
    Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC's "The View," made no secret Monday about how she felt concerning Kyle Rittenhouse being cleared of all charges last week. Goldberg said she viewed Rittenhouse's actions as murder, despite the jury's verdicts on Friday over the 2020 shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. Rittenhouse successfully argued he acted in self-defense. A third man was wounded by Rittenhouse. Kyle Rittenhouse and Whoopi Goldberg (Getty Images) (Getty Images) Before expressing her opinion on the verdict, Goldberg played a video clip of Huber's father on CNN lamenting that Rittenhouse was being revered as a "hero" while holding up the urn containing his son's ashes. After playing the video, she claimed Huber "wasn't doing anything," despite video evidence showing him attacking Rittenhouse with a skateboard before being shot and killed.  KYLE RITTENHOUSE FOUND NOT GUILTY ON ALL COUNTS IN KENOSHA TRIAL "He saw someone get shot. He thought he was doing the right thing," Goldberg said. "So, even – even all the excuses in the world does not change the fact that three people got shot. Two...
    Fox News correspondent Gillian Turner on Monday told the conservative network’s viewers that even though Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of murder, he’s “not a hero.” Additionally, she noted, there’s “no victory lap for Kyle or anybody else to take.” Following Rittenhouse’s acquittal last week, right-wing media figures and MAGA politicians fell over each other to praise the 18-year-old who shot and killed two protesters in Kenosha, Wisc., last summer. At least three pro-Trump congressmen offered Rittenhouse a congressional internship while conservative pundits have hoisted up the teenager as a right-wing icon. Fox News star Tucker Carlson, meanwhile, revealed after the verdict that he had a crew embedded with Rittenhouse throughout the trial, filming an upcoming documentary for Fox’s streaming service. The Fox host also scored the first post-trial interview with Rittenhouse, which will air Monday night. Carlson’s executive producer has claimed that no payment was made to Rittenhouse or his family for access, despite the young man’s attorney suggesting otherwise. Despite all of this, Turner on Monday appeared to warn her Fox colleagues and audience that Rittenhouse should not be...
    Black Lives Matter activist Vaun L. Mayes suggested that the Waukesha, Wisconsin incident, that killed five people Sunday evening, may have been a reaction to the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict. Police arrested suspect Darrell E. Brooks early Monday after he allegedly plowed through a crowd at the Waukesha Christmas Parade in a red SUV that left five people dead and more than 40 injured. Mayes arrived at the scene early Monday giving his own account of what he witnessed on a Facebook livestream in the aftermath of the incident. In the video, Mayes said an anonymous source made claims that Brooks drove through the crowd as retribution for Rittenhouse’s acquittal. “I don’t know, now we’ll have to wait and see because they do have somebody in custody. We may have to wait and see what they say about why this happened,” Mayes said. “But it sounds possible that the revolution has started in Wisconsin. It started with this Christmas parade.” Black Lives Matter activist Vaun L Mayes @YungLz at the scene of the Waukesha parade attack: “It sounds like the revolution...
    Kyle Rittenhouse enters the courtroom to hear the verdicts in his trial prior to being found not guilty on all counts Nov. 19 at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Sean Krajacic – Pool/Getty Images) Heaven Hill Brands, The United States’ largest independent, family-owned and operated producer and marketer of spirits, took to Twitter on Sunday to express its disapproval of consumers celebrating the not guilty verdict in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot three men with an assault rifle, killing two of them, during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. “We have been disheartened to learn that some individuals and businesses have been using our Rittenhouse Straight Rye Whiskey brand to celebrate the Kyle Rittenhouse case verdict, despite the profound loss of life from those events,” Heaven Hill wrote on Twitter. “There is no link between our Rittenhouse Rye brand, which was started post-prohibition to commemorate Rittenhouse Square, and this case. It is our strongly held belief that in serious matters such as this, where lives were lost and people deeply...
    Protestors take part in a rally of Moms against gun violence and calling for Federal Background Checks on August 18, 2019 in New York City. Any way you slice it, America has a unique and terrifying relationship with guns, and the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse last week proves this. The verdict equally shows a peek into a future with more guns, more armed vigilantes, and more lame self-defense excuses.  To Black Americans, particularly, the Rittenhouse verdict also highlights the hypocrisy of the nation's gun culture and self-defense as a get out of jail free card. It takes us back to the death of Trayvon Martin, the 17-year-old Black teen shot to death by George Zimmerman. Zimmerman was acquitted in the case after claiming self-defense—a strategy most Americans would acknowledge would not be successful should the defendant be Black.  When it comes to hypocrisy, nothing shows this better than the case of Breonna Tayler and her boyfriend Kenneth Walker. When three plain-clothed officers attempted to break down their door, Walker fired a single shot in self-defense. The men, later revealed as police, fired back—killing...
    Fox News contributor David Webb accused President Biden on Monday of using the Black community for his own benefit, telling "Fox & Friends First" he was a "race pimp." Webb reacted to calls for Biden to apologize after his presidential campaign compared Kyle Rittenhouse to White supremacists last year. Biden dodged a question about the comparison on Friday following Rittenhouse's acquittal on all charges for the shootings of three people, two fatal, during unrest last year in Kenosha, Wis."It says that Joe Biden is who he has been for the last five decades," Webb said. "This is a man who has played race. He has played not just the Black community but any community any which way he needs for his benefit." PROGRESSIVES, DEMOCRATS ERUPT OVER KYLE RITTENHOUSE ACQUITTAL: ‘THIS IS DISGUSTING’ U.S. President Joe Biden walks from Marine One as he arrives from Wilmington, Delaware, at the White House in Washington, U.S., November 21, 2021. (REUTERS/Joshua Roberts) Biden gave seemingly conflicting statements following the verdict in the wrenching case, telling reporters he accepted the jury's decision but also...