Justice Served? Many On Social Media React With Outrage To Rittenhouse Verdict
Kyle Rittenhouse puts his hand over his face after being found not guilty on all counts … [+]
On Friday afternoon, a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts. The verdict was reached on the fourth day of the trial and on the 15th day of the murder trial. If the 18-year-old Rittenhouse had been found guilty of first degree willful homicide, he could face life imprisonment.
Within minutes of the verdict being read, reactions began to spread on Twitter and there was a wave of outrage that he had been acquitted of the charges. Many argued that race was the factor in this case as the hashtags #Murderer and #NotGuilty started trending.
Justice has not been done for many!
“Kyle Rittenhouse is living proof that white tears can still prevent justice. A murderer runs free again today – our system is terribly broken, ”wrote MP Andriano Espaillat (DN.Y.).
YouTube host and influencer Chris “Swaggy C” Williams (@SwaggyCTV) made it clear that race was a factor in the judgment, writing, “When a black teenage boy from the Bronx left his house and went to the Capitol with a few states drove an AR, mixed in with the mix and killed 2 people .. He would be in prison for life. White people would cry that he went there himself and that he’s a murderer. But you all understood. “
Sports writer Ashley Nicole Moss (@AshNicoleMoss) also argued that race was a factor, writing, “Kyle Rittenhouse is a killer. Despite the narrative some people want to advance, he’s not an American hero defending this ‘great country’ and no judgment will change that. He’s just the right skin color to protect himself from his crimes. disgusting but not shocking. “
“A white double killer is not guilty, but a black man would have received a life sentence,” tweeted radio personality Tara Dublin (@taradublinrocks).
Alex Goldschmidt (@alexandergold) of Digital Media Management tweeted, “Kyle Rittenhouse is a killer, but at least he’s a white killer, so he never has to worry about the consequences for his actions! Disgusting.”
“It’s good to be a white murderer,” suggested writer Wajahat Ali (@WajahatAli).
“Every single thing about this trial was incredibly shitty, and the judge was more than biased. I don’t trust anything about the lack of conviction, and anyone who says, ‘Well that’s it, think he’s not a killer!’ Like ??????? ”tweeted blogger and consumer advocate Rhys Morgan (@rhysmorgan).
“A system that legitimizes vigilante killings is profoundly broken,” wrote Gwen Moore, Wisc., MP, who represents the state’s 4th Congressional District
Activist Jamira Burley (@JamiraBurley) also posted, “#KyleRittenhouse is a killer, I don’t need a jury to confirm that.”
“Not the first and not the last time a killer gets away with it,” noted Norman Ornstein, a scientist at the American Enterprise Institute and editor for The Atlantic.
“The acquitted killer Kyle Rittenhouse is a crime in itself,” said actress / activist Rosanna Arquette (@RoArquette)
Political commentator and former MSNBC presenter Keith Olbermann (@KeithOlbermann) was even more succinct and blunt: “F ** k this killer.”
MSNBC’s Chris Hayes (@Chrislhayes) referred Rittenhouse with George Zimmerman, who was also acquitted of the murder charge. Hayes tweeted, “I honestly hope the kid will take the opportunity to turn their life around and try to make the world a better place instead of following the George Zimmerman Life Trajectory.”
The watchdog group Public Citizen (@Public_Citizen) also drew a comparison with the George Zimmerman case: “Travyon Martin was an unarmed 17-year-old boy. He was killed with a bag of cones. The right wing called him a threat. Kyle Rittenhouse was 17 years old and armed. He shot 2 people with an AR-15. The right calls him a hero. “
There were also many who participated to offer their support for the judgment. Among them was Wisconsin’s Republican Senator Ron Johnson, who wrote, “I believe justice was served in the Kyle Rittenhouse Trial. I hope that everyone will accept the judgment, stay peaceful, and let the community of Kenosha heal and rebuild. “
“Justice has prevailed for Kyle Rittenhouse. In America we have a jury. Not from the media. Not from Hollywood celebrities. And definitely not through liberal blue ticks on Twitter. Americans have a right to self-defense in the Second Amendment, and we will never do. ” quit, “Illinois 15th District Congressman Mary Miller tweeted.
Daily Caller reporter David Hookstead (@dhookstead) tweeted, “I hope Kyle Rittenhouse is suing every single media member and government official who calls him a racist and a murderer deserves to sue them for whatever they’re worth.”
“NOT GUILTY. Kyle Rittenhouse is free. The criminal mob company that poses as a movement that cares about the lives of black people – FAILS. Justice wins the day, ”tweeted conservative writer Candace Owens (@RealCandaceO).
Former Democratic presidential candidate and former Democratic Congressman Tulsi Gabbard (@TulsiGabbard) appeared to support the verdict while condemning the investigation, tweeting, “The jury got it right – found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts. that the government was motivated by what should itself be viewed as criminal. “
Such responses to a highly controversial process shouldn’t be the least bit unexpected. The hope now is that instead of spreading to the streets, it will remain a battle of words on social media.