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              more   Live from Music Row Friday 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 the original all-star panelist Crom Carmichael to the studio for another edition of Crom’s Crommentary. CARMICHAEL CONTINUED: Michael, I haven’t been the case itself, but I have been watching the Smollett case in Chicago. And there’s something that just kind of hits me as you see the reports on the case. And then you go back to the Rittenhouse case. You go to the Aubrey case and you go to the flash mobs that we talked about earlier and you talked about the protest. They’re all on video. Every single thing we’re talking about is on video. And it’s a fascinating thing to me that the left can see a video that people can see exactly the same thing and believe that and conclude the opposite of what they’re looking at. Now, in the case of Smollett, where a person is innocent until proven guilty, and...
    Lin Wood, a longtime QAnon minion, is now singing a very different tune when it comes to the conspiracy-driven movement. Wood, who has also made national headlines for his support of former President Donald Trump's attempts to overturn the presidential election, recently took to the online messaging platform Telegram to share his perspective of the QAnon movement. Some of the remarks he made in his post have left many people baffled. According to HuffPost, Wood claimed he has “'formed an opinion that Q speaks truth,'” referring to the anonymous poster in QAnon lore who has purported high-level government clearance and deep access to state secrets." “I know that I agree with the principles of Q in its fight against child sex trafficking, pedophilia, and satanic rituals,” said Wood, a self-proclaimed "Anon." "I believe that Anons are like me," Wood said. "They research the information provided from Q drops. I am generally familiar with Q drops from others as I do not study them and am way behind in trying to interpret them. I think I can fairly be...
    Comedian Andrew Schulz unleashed a rant for the ages about the coverage of Kyle Rittenhouse compared to Darrell Brooks. Rittenhouse was acquitted on all charges after shooting three people – two fatally – during a violent riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin in the summer of 2020. Yet, the media and celebrities treated Rittenhouse like a monster, despite the clear evidence showing he acted in self-defense. Meanwhile, Brooks is accused of murdering six people and injuring dozens more after allegedly driving his vehicle through a parade in Waukesha, WI. Despite the gravity of the situation, the media and celebrities don’t seem interested in talking, and that doesn’t make Schulz very happy. Schulz said the following in part during his exchange with Charlamagne: The f**king news propaganda that we digest all the time to sell clicks and it’s easy for Hollywood celebrities to look woke and supportive by tweeting about it. This is why [the Rittenhouse trial] is a news story. The same why it’s not a news story when that dude ran over a bunch of people in Waukesha. Nobody...
    Kyle Rittenhouse has opened up about his trial, revealing that he knew the 'state didn't have a case' against him when 'they put Dominic Black on the stand.'  Rittenhouse, 18, appeared on the Charlie Kirk Show on Tuesday to discuss his infamous case after he was acquitted earlier this month for fatally shooting two men and injuring another at the Kenosha protests.  During the hour-long interview, the teen discussed the risk of taking the stand instead of pleading the Fifth, but explained he 'wanted the world to know who the real Kyle Rittenhouse was.'  He told the conservative host that he had been 'freaking out' during the run up to the trial, despite his remarkably calm composure in court, but he felt the tide turn in his favor when the prosecution called his friend Black - who purchased the AR-15 Rittenhouse used in Kenosha with the teen's money. He explained that he knew then that there wasn't a case against him because the prosecution was banking on Black to 'lie,' he claimed.  Kyle Rittenhouse has opened up about his trial, revealing that...
    Only in the bizarre, upside-down world that is the modern media landscape could a trial over the shooting of three white men by another white man become a referendum on racial justice. Corporate American media managed to pull off exactly that feat in the case of Kyle Rittenhouse, convincing vast swathes of America that Rittenhouse had shot black men, that he was a card-carrying white supremacist or that he fired indiscriminately into a crowd of unsuspecting peaceful protesters. When Rittenhouse was found not guilty by a jury of his peers after weeks of tense arguments and deliberations in the courtroom, reaction was divided largely along the lines of media consumption habits. Those who read and watched non-partisan, independent or right-of-center media were largely unsurprised after seeing the facts of the case presented during the trial. Many of those who keep up with the news via corporate media and progressive sources were, by contrast, shocked and appalled. How could such a blatant white supremacist murder go unpunished? Was it a corrupt judge who honored veterans in the courtroom at fault? Was...
    Left-wing on-campus organizations at Arizona State University are calling on the administration to “withdraw” Kyle Rittenhouse. The Arizona State University Students for Socialism, Students for Justice in Palestine, Multicultural Solidarity Coalition and MECHA de ASU released a joint statement Friday for the university to “get murderer Kyle Rittenhouse off our campus.” In a list of “Demands,” the groups ask the university to “withdraw” Rittenhouse, “release a statement against white supremacy and racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse” and redirect funding from the university police to the Multicultural Center. Join us and rally against racist murderer Kyle Rittenhouse being permitted on our campus – Wednesday at 3:30 outside the Nelson Fine Arts Center on campus pic.twitter.com/4Hs3JxRqtY — Students for Socialism ASU ???? (@SFSASU) November 26, 2021 “Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system – Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims. Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer,” the statement read. (RELATED: FLASHBACK: Biden Likened Rittenhouse To White Supremacist) A...
    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...
    "Sunday Night in America with Trey Gowdy" opened with former U.S. attorney and Fox News contributor Andy McCarthy on the state of the justice system in America. Specifically, Gowdy referenced the recent jury decisions behind the Kyle Rittenhouse and the Ahmaud Arbery trials, two heavily-promoted cases in the media. Both trials had different outcomes with the Rittenhouse trial ended with a not guilty verdict, and the trial against Arbery’s killers resulted in a guilty verdict.  GREG GUTFELD: MEDIA DOESN’T CARE ABOUT THE TRUTH WHEN THERE’S A GOOD STORY  Kyle Rittenhouse listens as Judge Bruce Schroeder talks about how the jury will view video during deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, U.S., November 17, 2021. (Sean Krajacic/Pool) "I think they’re absolutely the right verdicts," McCarthy said. Despite heavy media attention surrounding both cases, McCarthy complimented the jury system for putting trust in the "common sense of the community." "To me, the most important thing or the most important distinction is that in a trial, and we saw that in these two trials, we...
    It’s Friday in America, and that means another week of “The David Hookstead Show” is in the books. This week, we had a bit of a shorter week because of Thanksgiving, and we also had a comically messed up episode thanks to tech problems. Life is always unpredictable. Yet, we still covered plenty of stuff. For anyone who might have missed an episode, you can catch all three from this week below. November 22: Kyle Rittenhouse Is A Free Man, LeBron James Gets Ejected After Cheap Shot, Enes Kanter Continues To Criticize LeBron, Baker Mayfield’s Wife Shares Insanely Stupid Instagram Post, Florida Fires Dan Mullen, The College Football Playoff Might Expand By Next Season, Wisconsin Is One Win Away From The Big Ten Title Game And ‘Yellowstone’ Drops A Major Clue In Latest Episode November 23: Kwame Brown Defends Kyle Rittenhouse And Says People Are Paid To Push Racial Division, Howard Stern Unleashes Bizarre Rant About Aaron Rodgers, Country Music Fans Chant ‘F**k Joe Biden,’ Baker Mayfield Rips Cleveland Fans, Bo Nix Claims SEC Refs Help Alabama, Man’s Obituary Suggests He...
    America’s unique jury system delivered justice twice in the past several days: the full acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse of murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin; and the full conviction of three defendants for the murder of Ahmaud Arbery in Brunswick, Georgia. In each case, the defendants argued that they had acted in self-defense. In each, there was video of the events in question. And the jury in Kenosha decided that Rittenhouse had acted in reasonable fear for his life, while the jury in Glynn County, Georgia, decided that Travis McMichael, Greg McMichael, and William Bryan had not. Hence the different results in each. Conservatives celebrated the Rittenhouse acquittal as an affirmation that the American justice system still works — that truth will still prevail, when presented to ordinary citizens on a jury. And black American leaders celebrated the convictions for Arbery’s murder as proof that even a jury with eleven white members will consider the facts, independent of any prejudices. The only people unhappy in both instances were President Joe Biden, and the liberal-left Democrats whom he represents. Though Biden initially said that...
    Kyle Rittenhouse liked the policies of Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang, he has revealed - describing him as 'a good dude' - but said he went to a Trump rally because he knew the former president backed the police. Rittenhouse, 18, spoke to Fox News host Tucker Carlson for an interview on Sunday, the majority of which was broadcast during primetime on Monday. Rittenhouse was acquitted on Friday by a court in Wisconsin for his shooting dead of two protesters in August 2020, during Black Lives Matter riots in the city of Kenosha.  On Wednesday, the channel aired more footage from Carlson's interview with the teenager, during which the two discussed politics.   He said he was 'not a political person' but had watched Yang's campaign with interest as he ran for the Democratic presidential nomination in early 2020. 'I was a pretty big Andrew Yang supporter before all this,' Rittenhouse said. 'I was part of the Yang gang. He's a good dude.' Scroll down for video Kyle Rittenhouse told Tucker Carlson, in a clip from their interview aired on Wednesday night,...
    The strangest thing about Donald Trump and the GOP's increasingly open embrace of political violence is how unnecessary it is, even by the right's own grotesque standards. Ever since Trump's failed coup that culminated in the January 6 insurrection, Republicans have been carefully laying the groundwork for a bloodless destruction of democracy. They've commandeered election offices and filled them with Trump lackeys eager to break the law for their leader. They've gerrymandered elections so that Republicans "win" even when Democrats have strong majorities. And they toss on a robust amount of voter suppression so Democrats can't get to the polls in the first place. Even Trump's path to retaking the White House despite quite likely losing in 2024 is laid out without the need to fire a single gunshot: Republican-controlled state legislatures and Congress could nullify the vote in districts Joe Biden wins and throw the election to Trump. "Democracy's primary assailants today are not generals or armed revolutionaries," Harvard political scientists Steven Levitsky and Daniel Ziblatt explained in The Atlantic, but rather politicians "who eviscerate democracy's substance behind...
    "The Five" reacted to the trial of Ahmaud Arbery in which three men were found guilty Wednesday of felony murder in Georgia, noting that this was an example of the justice system working.  "One thing that's also interesting is that we're celebrating Thanksgiving tomorrow as a country, and we give thanks for our nation and our system [of] a trial by jury. It's sometimes … slow and it takes a long time – it's been a year and a half. But you know what? It works," Dana Perino said about the outcome in the Arbery case.  In addition to felony murder the defendants – Travis McMichael, 35; his father, Gregory McMichael, 65; and their neighbor William Bryan, 52 –  were also convicted of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, and criminal attempt to commit a felony.  The younger McMichael was found guilty of "murder with malice," which is when a defendant deliberately and unlawfully kills a person.  AHMAUD ARBERY CASE: DEFENSE ACCUSED OF 'RACISM AND BIGOTRY' FOR 'TOENAILS' COMMENT IN CLOSING ARGUMENTS "The Five" panel continued on to discuss the stark differences...
    Kyle Rittenhouse spoke with Tucker Carlson about politics in their lengthy interview and why he liked both Donald Trump and Andrew Yang. Rittenhouse recently met with Trump after being found not guilty. In a new clip from the interview shared on Wednesday night, Rittenhouse said the message he gets from the media coverage is “they are saying you can go out and rioted and attacked anybody and you will have the support from the media and the politicians to do whatever you want and kill innocent people.” Carlson moved on to ask if Rittenhouse had any previous interest in politics. “I’m going to get a lot of hate for this,” Rittenhouse said, “but I was a pretty big Andrew Yang supporter before all this.” “Were you really?” Carlson asked with a laugh. “You were part of the Yang Gang?” “I was part of the Yang Gang,” Rittenhouse said. “He’s a good dude.” “I wasn’t really into politics. I didn’t know much about Trump. I didn’t know much about Biden. I went to a Trump rally because Trump supports the police....
    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...
    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...
    Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced a bill on Wednesday that would award Kyle Rittenhouse the congressional gold medal for 'protecting the community of Kenosha'. The jury in Rittenhouse's case found the 18-year-old innocent on all counts after he shot three people – killing two – in self defense during a Black Lives Matter riot in Wisconsin last year. The text of the HR6070 reads it is intended '[t]o award a Congressional Gold Medal to Kyle H. Rittenhouse, who protected the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020.'  If awarded, which there is little chance, this would give Rittenhouse the same medal as the cops who protected the Capitol during the January 6 attack and the troops killed in Kabul. The ruling in Rittenhouse's case was highly controversial as progressives deem it proof the criminal justice system is racist and favors white people.  Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene introduced legislation that, if passed, would aware Kyle Rittenhouse with the Congressional Gold Medal Greene posted a tweet with an image of Rittenhouse saying she 'greatly admires'...
    Former President Donald Trump is among the far-right Republicans who has been praising Kyle Rittenhouse as a hero and applauding his acquittal on homicide and attempted homicide charges. Trump, who invited Rittenhouse to visit him at Mar-a-Lago in South Florida, discussed that verdict during a post-acquittal appearance on Sean Hannity's Fox News program — and liberal Washington Post opinion writer Greg Sargent, in a November 24 column, explains why he finds Trump's Rittenhouse-related comments so disturbing. In August 2020, Illinois resident Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin, where — armed with an AR-15-style weapon — he shot three Black Lives Matters supporters (two of them fatally) during a racial justice protest. Rittenhouse maintained that he acted in self-defense, and on Friday, November 19, a jury found him "not guilty" of homicide and attempted homicide charges. Trump discussed the case during a November 23 appearance on Hannity's show. Revealing that the 18-year-old Rittenhouse had visited him at Mar-a-Lago, Trump told Hannity, "He should not have had to suffer through a trial. He should never have been put...
    In an increasingly narcissistic and selfie-obsessed America, this is the time of year when we should be thinking of others. So if there are people out there by themselves with no one to come visit them on Thanksgiving, please reach out to me. I need to borrow some chairs and a gravy boat. We know it is Thanksgiving because the annual White House ceremony, the presidential pardoning of the turkeys, took place. The staff looked at all the turkeys and Biden pardoned just two of them. They happened to be the two who bought paintings from Hunter Biden, but ain’t tradition great? PETA is all worked up about turkeys being raised to be eaten at Thanksgiving. PETA makes the case that the turkey is artificially bred, overfed to gain weight, susceptible to heart conditions and thus too tired and fat to mate. So another shout-out to one of our Founding Fathers, Ben Franklin, who wanted the turkey to be our national bird.  He was forward thinking as usual. I am thankful that the jury voted unanimously to acquit Kyle Rittenhouse...
    Fox News' Peter Doocy asked White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki if President Joe Biden would apologize to acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse -- and she didn't hesitate to turn the tables on him. During Tuesday's press briefing, Doocy pointed out that Biden linked Rittenhouse to white supremacists in remarks he made during the 2020 presidential campaign and he asked if Biden would apologize to Rittenhouse. "This is about a campaign video released last year that used President Trump's own words during a debate as he refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups," she replied. "And President Trump, as you know... didn't just refuse to condemn militia groups on the debate stage, he actively encouraged them throughout his presidency." Psaki then linked Rittenhouse's decision to travel to Kenosha armed with an AR-15 to Trump's encouragement of militias and vigilantes. "What we've seen are the tragic consequences of that, when people think it's OK to take the law into their own hands," she said. During the first debate between Biden and Trump in 2020, Trump told the Proud Boys to...
    Tucker Carlson said the liberal media will not probe the motives behind the Waukesha parade massacre because it will prove their woke bail and prison reforms are responsible after it was revealed the suspect was recently released on a $1,000 bail after a domestic dispute.  Liberals are calling to abolishing federal prisons - which would release criminals such as sex traffickers and murderers - and quashing ‘excessive bail’ just a day after Darrell Brooks, 39, drove his red SUV into a Christmas parade, which injured 62 and killed six.      'The media and local authorities have decided to speak for [Brooks],' Carlson said on Tuesday.  'And the main thing they want you to know is that these killings had absolutely nothing to do with the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict just two days before. Nothing whatsoever. The timing is just one of those amazing coincidences.' Carlson commended the media by saying: 'This has to do with the [Rittenhouse] verdict. That's the obvious conclusion. Is it true? Again, we have not confirmed it, but we can be absolutely certain that the national media will...
    Tucker Carlson’s Fox News interview with acquitted Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was watched by more than 5 million viewers on Monday night - more than twice the number who tuned in to rivals CNN and MSNBC combined. Rittenhouse was acquitted on murder charges last week and Carlson was given the chance for the post-trial interview because of the support he had shown him, according to the 18-year-old's family.  The Rittenhouse interview on Tucker Carlson Tonight was by far the most watched cable news program between 8pm and 8pm Eastern time on Monday night. The MSNBC program that goes head to head with Carlson’s - All In with Chris Hayes - was watched by 1.2 million viewers - slightly more than one-fifth of the Fox News viewership. Coming in a distant third was CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, which attracted just 792,000 viewers, according to Mediaite. That means the Fox News audience was six time largers than that of CNN during that time span. Monday's CNN program was guest-hosted by John Berman, who was filling in for  the vacationing Anderson Cooper.  Carlson’s...
              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....
    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...
    Political violence is on people's minds now that Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted. According to USA Today, far-right groups celebrated last week's unsurprising verdict. "Kyle Rittenhouse is the hero we've been waiting for" was posted on the Gab profile for VDare, a self-consciously fascist organization headquartered in the foothills of Washington, Conn. The takeaway appears to be that it's now OK to shoot anti-racists as long as the shooting can be credibly characterized as "self-defense." Protests broke out in Kenosha, Wis., where Rittenhouse traveled two summers ago to "protect" property while demonstrators, including some violent looters, protested the police murder of George Floyd. These newest protests were accompanied by a father-daughter duo carrying the same long gun Rittenhouse did. Instead of being white, though, they were Black. Instead of protecting property, they were protecting "anti-Rittenhouse protesters," said the New York Post. Political violence is on people's minds. The right to petition the government for redress of grievances enshrined in the First Amendment seems to be running against the grain of the right to bear arms enshrined in the Second...
    (CNN)There is a common thread between the 1995 acquittal of O.J. Simpson and the 2021 acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse -- a jury and trial consultant named Jo-Ellan Dimitrius.She developed the jury profile in Simpson's case and now, decades later, worked "hand in hand" with Rittenhouse's attorneys to help build a profile for the "right" juror in his case."In O.J.'s case because we had done so much pretrial research, we knew that there was a certain demographic that was going to be more open to what our defense was," she told CNN.At the time, it was a female African American with a high school education or less, she recalled. In Rittenhouse's case, however, she said, "We didn't find anything that was predictive."Rittenhouse is latest symbol of a nation divided on guns, crime and protestSo, they dug. Read More"Familiarity with guns was an important thing to explore," she told CNN. "Generally getting a sense if somebody was a supporter of the Second Amendment, supporter of the First Amendment as well." That included both in real life and from their "digital footprints" on...
    Late night comedian Stephen Colbert criticized the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict on Monday night. The host of The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on CBS said he is not a legal expert but opined that if the teenager "didn't break the law, we should change the law." The suggestion was met with applause from his audience. A Wisconsin jury on Friday found the now-18-year-old not guilty on all charges related to the fatal shootings of two men and injuring another during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse argued the shootings were in self-defense. "So Rittenhouse was found 'not guilty,' but only a complete moron would celebrate this clear tragedy by making this guy a hero," Colbert added. SNL BLASTS KYLE RITTENHOUSE: 'HOPEFULLY, HE GOT ALL THAT SHOOTING OUT OF HIS SYSTEM BEFORE HE BECOMES A COP' “If he didn’t break the law, we should change the law.”— @StephenAtHome hits at Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal after killing 2 protesters and injuring 1 during Black Lives Matter demonstration. pic.twitter.com/gMPUQLmmI6— The Recount (@therecount) November 23, 2021 Colbert...
    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...
    "Fox & Friends Weekend" co-host Pete Hegseth joined "The Faulkner Focus" Tuesday to weigh in on Kyle Rittenhouse's exclusive interview with Fox News' Tucker Carlson Monday night. KYLE RITTENHOUSE RECOUNTS KENOSHA RIOTS, REACTS TO MEDIA PORTRAYAL OF TRIAL IN FIRST INTERVIEW SINCE ACQUITTAL PETE HEGSETH: I thought he did a phenomenal job last night. Not just in the trial which we watched but last night on Tucker's show laying out what his motivations were, why he acted when he did. He pointed out there are no winners in this. This is self-defense and that’s obviously not what he wanted to go down. I hope he is teeing up the mother of all lawsuits. I hope he puts all these media outlets on notice. Because everyone has a bias or an opinion that shades them in one direction or another. But your opinion is not entitled to your own facts and when you knowingly misrepresent the facts or you get ahead of yourself and you are unwilling to correct them because you don’t want to change your narrative, now you are...
    Left-wing comedian Stephen Colbert on Monday expressed his disappointment in the conclusion to the Kyle Rittenhouse trial, imploring that Wisconsin self-defense laws be changed. Rittenhouse, who was charged with five felony counts stemming from the shooting deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, as well as the non-fatal shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, was found not guilty on all counts on Friday. Kyle Rittenhouse and Stephen Colbert (Getty Images) 'VIEW' HOST WHOOPI GOLDBERG CLAIMS KYLE RITTENHOUSE COMMITTED MURDER DESPITE ACQUITTAL During the monologue portion of his nightly program, "The Late Show," Colbert addressed the verdict, which his audience booed. "The big news on Friday was that after being accused of crossing state lines, killing two people and wounding another last year during a Black Lives Matter protest, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts," Colbert said. "Cards on the table, I am not a legal expert so I can't tell you whether or not Kyle Rittenhouse broke the law. But I can tell you this, if he didn't break the law we should change the law," he added to cheers...
    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...
    The disparity in cable news coverage of the Kyle Rittenhouse and Ahmaud Arbery trials is in many ways predictable. They are very different stories that took very different roles in our political and societal realms. The disparity in coverage within each network, however, is revealing, particularly when it comes to Fox News, the highest-rated cable network, but a very wide margin. The Kyle Rittenhouse trial captivated the nation’s attention, in part because it was a fascinating legal discussion between self-defense as a legal defense, and the role of vigilante justice amid riots following America’s racial reckoning of 2020. Rittenhouse’s actions in August of 2020 became a wedge issue in the last general election and was even featured in a regrettable Biden campaign ad that portrayed him as a “White Supremacist.” On the other hand, Ahmaud Arbery’s case seems much less complicated, and perhaps clearer cut. Three white individuals chased down Arbery and eventually shot and killed him because they claimed they were making a “citizen’s arrest.” There are clear racial elements to the case, which have only been supported...
    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,...
    "It was a set up from the beginning," the statement continued. "The police, the judge, the court, mainstream media, and every single system involved all wrapped their arms around Kyle Rittenhouse from the very beginning — from even before the murders he committed. What this verdict reminds us of is that this is a nation deeply rooted and still very committed to white supremacy, and we must continue to fight against it." That same day, the group's account tweeted, "[T]he little racist/terrorist kyle rittenhouse represents the exact kind of white-supremacist vigilante violence that we've seen before — with the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the murder of #TrayvonMartin." "It brought us into the streets more than 8 years ago and birthed #BlackLivesMatter. Today is another reminder that we're far from achieving our abolitionist future. But rest assured, we will get there. We will win. #EndWhiteSupremacy." It brought us into the streets more than 8 years ago and birthed #BlackLivesMatter. \n\nToday is another reminder that we\u2019re far from achieving our abolitionist future. But rest assured, we will get there....
    Welcome to the Tuesday episode of “The David Hookstead Show.” On today’s episode, we’re talking about Kwame Brown having a great take about the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict, Howard Stern goes on another weird and unhinged rant about Aaron Rodgers, country music fans chant ‘F**k Joe Biden,’ Baker Mayfield says he doesn’t ‘really care” about fans booing him, Bo Nix alleges SEC officials make calls to help Alabama, man’s obituary implies he died because Nebraska is so bad at football, Wisconsin beats Texas A&M and we now have Houston today. Let’s dive right in! Major tech issues at the Hookstead Compound have led us to a unique and very shot episode of The David Hookstead Show. – Kwame Brown defends Kyle Rittenhouse, Howard Stern rips Aaron Rodgers and much more! (1/2) pic.twitter.com/1o8ctnRg92 — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 23, 2021 Part two of today’s very short show! Nothing gets your morning going great like some major tech problems. Hopefully, we’ll have this sorted by the time we all get back for Thanksgiving. pic.twitter.com/BFyhnx5AYS — David Hookstead (@dhookstead) November 23, 2021 ...
    Joe Scarborough bashed the conservatives who’ve rushed to make Kyle Rittenhouse a Second Amendment icon after his trial ended with a not guilty verdict. The topic came up as Morning Joe talked about how conservatives continue to downplay the storming of the U.S. Capitol, even as more of Donald Trump’s allies are getting subpoenaed over that event. As Scarborough said that “Americans don’t like chaos,” he redirected the conversation toward conservatives who are lionizing Rittenhouse, profiting off his trial, or using his acquittal as political/pro-gun rights ammunition. Yes, he was not guilty. The jury found him not guilty. The prosecution couldn’t prove its case. At the same time, this guy is no hero. The people on the far right, the fascist right, that are trying to turn him into a hero, they’re not doing the country a favor. They’re not doing whatever party they belong to a favor, and they’re not even doing Second Amendment rights a favor. Scarborough continued by noting that Mark Richards, Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, has been taking a subdued public stance after the trial and pushing...
    We begin today’s roundup with Paul Waldman’s analysis in The Washington Post of the Kyle Rittenhouse acquittal and how it will embolden the extreme right: Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on charges related to the incident in which he killed two men and wounded a third — and his elevation on the right into a hero — may make it more likely that people will assume they’ll be let off if they commit acts of violence or even murder. As The Post reports, defense lawyers say “that jurors are increasingly receptive toward the use of deadly force by ordinary citizens who claim they were protecting themselves.” But there’s another possible effect of this verdict: It could change the face of political protest in America. As they share their glee over Rittenhouse’s acquittal, conservatives may now decide that carrying guns — especially military-style rifles — is itself a powerful form of protest that can be used to intimidate both their political opponents and officeholders. Carrying guns openly is, perhaps more than anything else, a kind of speech. It’s meant to communicate a clear message: I...
    Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who shot and killed two men and wounded a third last year during protests of the police shooting of Jacob Blake, was found not guilty Friday of all charges by a Wisconsin jury. One can argue about the particulars of the case, about the strength of the defense and the ham-handedness of the prosecution, about the outrageously unorthodox manner of the judge and the infantilizing of the defendant. But perhaps the most problematic aspect of this case was that it represented yet another data point in the long history of some parts of the right valorizing white vigilantes who use violence against people of color and their white allies. Rittenhouse has emerged as a hero and cause célèbre on the right, with people donating to help him make bail and one Republican strategist telling Politico that he “could see a future in which Rittenhouse becomes a featured speaker at the conservative confabs where activists congregate.” The idea of taking the law into one’s own hands not only to protect order but also to protect the order is central...
    CNN, MSNBC and The New York Times are among the liberal media outlets that were constantly wrong about Kyle Rittenhouse – and one media watchdog kept receipts to prove it.  Journalist Drew Holden, who has become known for viral Twitter threads showcasing media hypocrisy and ice-cold takes, revisited the emotional and often misleading coverage of Rittenhouse on Friday.  A jury found Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense at the Kenosha riots in August 2020 when he shot and killed two men, Joseph Rosenbaum, and Anthony Huber, and injured a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz.  KYLE RITTENHOUSE COULD HAVE A DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AFTER MEDIA CALLED HIM RACIST MURDERER: LEGAL EXPERTS Journalist Drew Holden, who has become known for viral Twitter threads showcasing media hypocrisy and ice-cold takes, revisited coverage of Kyle Rittenhouse. The 18-year-old was found not guilty on all five charges against him, including first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Shortly afterwards, Holden took to Twitter and provided evidence of liberal media punditry gone wrong.  KYLE RITTENHOUSE TELLS TUCKER CARLSON...
    Kyle Rittenhouse trashed his former attorneys, including President Trump ally Lin Wood, for raising money for themselves and accusing him of being in a militia during his much-anticipated interview with Tucker Carlson that aired Monday. Wood and John Pierce, who helped raise the bond money to get Rittenhouse released from jail after his arrest last year now want their cash back, but the 18-year-old Antioch, Illinois resident’s family is refusing.   Rittenhouse, 18, told the Fox News host that Wood and John Pierce raised money on his behalf while he was in jail. But he claims that while the lawyers had raised enough bail money by mid September, they chose not to post his bail because they wanted to use him for their own cause. 'I was in jail for 87 days,' Rittenhouse said. 'Lin Wood was raising money on my behalf, and he held me in jail for 87 days, disrespecting my wishes, put me on media interviews which I should never have done, which he said, 'Oh, you're going to go talk to The Washington Post,' which was not...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Kyle Rittenhouse said that his case was about self-defense, “shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race,” and that if he had been convicted, “no one would ever be privileged to defend their life against attackers.” Rittenhouse said, [relevant remarks begin around 7:05] “I’ve never seen something so polarizing in my life. When it’s just — it’s obvious self-defense, if you look at the case, you look at the facts, no matter what your opinion is, or where you stand [on] it. This isn’t a — this wasn’t a political case. It shouldn’t have been a political case. It was made a political case. This had nothing to do with race, and the ways people are twisting this, it’s just sickening.” He later added, “[I]t wasn’t Kyle Rittenhouse on trial in Wisconsin. It was the right to self-defense on trial. And if I was convicted, no one would be able — no one would ever...
    CHICAGO (CBS) — Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all criminal charges in Kenosha, Wisconsin, but now he is facing a new legal battle – who gets to keep the $2 million dollars bond that was posted for him? It is a tangled web of possibilities that CBS 2’s Charlie De Mar broke down on Monday night. READ MORE: Suspect In Waukesha Christmas Parade Tragedy, Darrell Brooks, Charged With Murder; He Has Long Criminal RecordRittenhouse spoke to Tucker Carlson on Fox News Monday night. He slammed his former defense team – saying they let him stay in jail longer than necessary and used him as a political pawn. Now, that defense team is suddenly back in the picture. “I was an innocent 17-year-old who was violently attacked and defended myself,” Rittenhouse told Carlson. This was the first time Rittenhouse spoke since he was acquitted last Friday. A Wisconsin jury agreed that he was acting in self-defense when he shot and killed Michael Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and shot and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, during civil unrest in Kenosha in...
    Kyle Rittenhouse commented Monday on the threats he had received, expressing his doubts about the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) capability to protect him. Rittenhouse, whom the jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, found not guilty of all five charges related to his August 2020 shooting of three men during a protest, gave an interview to Fox News host and Daily Caller co-founder Tucker Carlson, where he was asked if he felt the threats following his acquittal. Tucker: “Are you confident that the government will protect you from these threats?” Rittenhouse: “I hope so, but we all know how the FBI works.” pic.twitter.com/esNzkyCu5c — Daily Caller (@DailyCaller) November 23, 2021 “I do. I see some of the threats. Some of the things people say is absolutely sickening,” Rittenhouse responded to the host’s question. “Are you confident that the government will protect you from these threats?” Carlson asked. (RELATED: Judge In Rittenhouse Trial Says Someone Was Filming The Jury) “I hope so, but we all know how the FBI works,” Rittenhouse replied, doing what appeared to be a somewhat nervous laugh. Rittenhouse...
    "Fox News Primetime" host Lawrence Jones argues the media ignored the trial of Andrew Coffee IV because it "doesn't fit into their narrative" they pushed on to Kyle Rittenhouse.  KYLE RITTENHOUSE COULD HAVE A DEFAMATION LAWSUIT AFTER MEDIA CALLED HIM RACIST MURDERER: LEGAL EXPERTS  LAWRENCE JONES: If the liberal media were actual journalists, they wouldn't have to ask "what if this happened to a black man?" We know. Look no further than the story of Andrew Coffee IV.  So instead, let me do their job and tell America what happened. In March of 2017 Andrew Coffee was asleep in his home when a SWAT team arrived with a search warrant for his father. When police detonate a flash bang device before entering, Coffee woke up thinking he was being robbed. Being a gun owner, coffee opened fire, looking to defend his home. When police returned fire, Andrew's girlfriend, Alteria Woods, was tragically caught in the crossfire and killed by police. Now, each side claimed the other shot first, but it was Coffee who was eventually charged with second degree murder...
    During an interview aired on Monday’s edition of the Fox News Channel’s “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Kyle Rittenhouse stated that Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D) “failed the community” in Kenosha and that the police in the city didn’t get the support they required, “and there should have been a lot more resources to help with that.” Rittenhouse said [relevant remarks begin around 4:40] that he approached the owners of the car lot that he was protecting and asked them if they needed help, and they said they did. Host Tucker Carlson then asked, “Where were the police?” Rittenhouse answered, “I’m not sure really. Because they have a hard job. But I didn’t really think they got the support they needed. The National Guard should have been called…but the city of Kenosha failed their — the community. The Governor, Tony Evers, failed the community and there should have been a lot more resources to help with that.” Follow Ian Hanchett on Twitter @IanHanchett
    After the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse on Friday afternoon, right-wing trolls — many of whom are elected members of Congress — were ecstatic at this prime opportunity to trigger the liberals. Reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Madison Cawthorne of North Carolina, and Paul Gosar of Arizona — all Republicans more interested in trolling than governance — made showily public offers of an internship to Rittenhouse. Cawthorne even took it to the next level, instructing his supporters to "be armed and dangerous." Never one to be out-trolled, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia let loose with some truly unhinged tweets about "radical Marxists" who are trying to start "a race war," proclaiming that "gun rights are the only thing holding back the Communist Revolution the Democrats are waging." And on the Senate side, Ted Cruz of Texas attacked the "corrupt corporate media," skillfully targeting the very people he needs to amplify his message and get that sweet trolling attention. Right-wing pundits joined in on all the gleeful trolling, as well. Ann Coulter tweeted a meme equating Rittenhouse with superheroes, and...
    Kyle Rittenhouse has blamed the city of Kenosha and governor of Wisconsin for the chaos of August 2020, saying there should have been more police and the National Guard.  Rittenhouse, 18, spoke to Tucker Carlson for an interview broadcast on Monday night. Asked where the police were, in the chaos and rioting after the shooting of Jacob Blake, Rittenhouse replied: 'I'm not sure really.' He added: 'They have a hard job, for sure.' He criticized the leadership of the state and city. 'The National Guard should have been called August 23. 'The city of Kenosha failed the community. 'The governor, Tony Evers, failed the community.'   Rittenhouse sat down with Carlson days after being cleared on Friday of homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment in the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.
    Photo by Dave DeckerFor those who recall the grotesque circus of George Zimmerman’s 2013 trial, Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal felt painfully familiar. Like Zimmerman, the self-appointed neighborhood watchman who stalked and shot a Black teenager, Rittenhouse claimed self-defense after provoking a confrontation. Rittenhouse, a white teenager, took an assault rifle to “defend” Kenosha, Wisconsin—a city 45 minutes from his Illinois home—against a Black Lives Matter demonstration. After lying about his medical credentials and pointing his gun at a bystander, Rittenhouse fatally shot a protester who chased him, then another who struck him with a skateboard, then shot an armed paramedic in the arm. “Initial aggressors” aren’t supposed to be entitled to claim self-defense. But the legal lines are blurry enough that aggression lies in the eye of the beholder—in other words, whom the system deems the “right” vigilante or the “right” victim. Even the three Georgia men who killed Ahmaud Arbery while making a “citizen’s arrest” for Jogging While Black nearly escaped prosecution; until video footage surfaced exposing what happened, the cops and the district attorney were happy to sweep the...
    Kyle Rittenhouse has slammed commentators on both the left and right as 'sickening' for polarizing Americans and turning his shooting into a cause celebre. 'This is something that I wish never would have happened but it did and we can't change that,' Rittenhouse, 18, tells Fox News host Tucker Carlson in footage shared exclusively with DailyMail.com. 'But how polarized it became is absolutely sickening, like, right or left, people using me for a cause that should never have been used as a cause.' Rittenhouse sat down with Carlson days after being cleared of homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangerment in the shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.