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Thu Nov 11, 2021, 03:36 PM

A sobbing Kyle Rittenhouse already won -- even before his trial is over

If convicted, he'll become a right-wing martyr. If he is freed, it's a message to others like him that prison won’t be in their future.

By Issac Bailey, professor of public policy at Davidson College and author of "Why Didn't We Riot? A Black Man in Trumpland"


Kyle Rittenhouse, in an unusual move for a defendant, took the witness stand Wednesday. He cried. His defense team then made a motion for a mistrial with prejudice, which means Rittenhouse couldn’t be retried. But whatever the court rules, he has already won.

He’s charged with ​​reckless homicide, intentional homicide and attempted intentional homicide for shooting three people (killing two of them) who were protesting the police shooting of yet another Black man, Jacob Blake, in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer. The protest followed many George Floyd-inspired ones that erupted across the world calling for police accountability and justice for Black lives. White allies, like the ones Rittenhouse shot, were among the protesters. Rittenhouse has pleaded not guilty.

f Rittenhouse is convicted, he will likely stop being a right-wing mascot and become a right-wing martyr. If he isn’t convicted, he will set a precedent for others like him to pick up guns they shouldn’t have and thrust themselves into the middle of unrest they should avoid — confident in knowing that prison won’t be in their future.

To his supporters, and even many of his detractors, Rittenhouse isn’t a monster. Not really. He was a young, dumb kid hyped up on the Foxification or Fox News effect of American discourse on the Black Lives Matter movement in a country that fetishes guns — for show, for sport and for killing — not a white supremacist, like, say Dylann Roof. Not really. He wore no hoods and didn’t wrap himself in the Confederate flag. He’s a patriot who tried to bring calm to chaos because, as Fox News prime-time host Tucker Carlson told us at the time of the shooting, the adults around him wouldn’t “maintain order.” He was so nonviolent that police officers greeted him and those like him like fellow guardians of the community before he killed anyone.

https://www.nbcnews.com/think/politics-policy/sobbing-kyle-rittenhouse-won-before-ruling-rcna5114

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 03:37 PM

1. That Would Be An Awful Outcome

This little snot killed two people...if he walks, it's not justice.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 03:42 PM

2. I don't care what anybody thinks of him, or what his motives are.

He's a danger to society and needs to spend the rest of his life in a cage where he can't harm anyone else. He is the very reason we have prisons.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 03:42 PM

3. If he's acquitted, I hope the families of his victims

can instantly sue him in civil court for wrongful death. There's no doubt at all that he did, indeed, kill those two men.

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Response to Glorfindel (Reply #3)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 03:46 PM

4. I'm sure a 18 yr old has all kinds of assets

What would they get from him ?

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Response to MichMan (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 04:30 PM

8. They can secure a Judgment...

against him and have it satisfied from current assets (proceeds from his "defense fund" and future earnings (he'll in demand on all the conservative media outlets, guest speaking engagements, prepper networks, etc.).

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Response to MichMan (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 04:44 PM

10. He's raking it in from GoFundMe and Ricky Schroder nt

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Response to MichMan (Reply #4)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 05:04 PM

11. Having his wages garnished for the rest of his useless life would be a start.

I can't see this kid ever earning anything but a piddling hourly wage. He doesn't strike me as someone possessed of the kind of high character that produces a strong work ethic.

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Response to Aristus (Reply #11)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 07:53 PM

15. The NRA

or Project Veritas or some other outfit like that would be happy to overpay him.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 03:50 PM

5. Rittenhouse walks thanks to the judge acting like a defense attorney.

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Response to Ray Bruns (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 04:06 PM

7. The judge is more worried about Rittenhouse supporters than anything

My 2˘

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Response to Ray Bruns (Reply #5)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 08:22 PM

16. If that judge had made half as many pro-prosecution comments/rulings as he has for the defense

there would be ample grounds to appeal any conviction. But, since his bias has been toward the defense and you can't be tried twice, it won't matter. I hate showboat judges who get off on the celebrity of being in a high publicity trial.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 04:02 PM

6. If acquitted Rittenhouse will follow in George Zimmerman's footsteps.

The no longer-weepy Kyle will be a fixture on Carlson and Hannity, he'll be a featured speaker at Proud Boys, Oath Keepers and NRA conventions and AR15 manufacturers will market a Commemorative Rittenhouse Rifle. Then, after milking his newfound notoriety for everything it's worth, he'll fade away, never to heard from again. Just like Zimmerman.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 04:33 PM

9. TearLess Sobbing

he's an expert

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Response to Me. (Reply #9)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 07:02 PM

14. If I were on that jury and saw that performance

I would be so pissed off and insulted that he thought he could pull off such BS and we'd believe it?!? My anger and disgust at this obviously fake-crying murderer would push me to vote guilty.

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Response to BigmanPigman (Reply #14)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 10:38 PM

17. ...

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 05:50 PM

12. I will wait for the jury. No sense getting worked up about it now.

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Response to Mr. Scorpio (Original post)

Thu Nov 11, 2021, 06:52 PM

13. Because being a RW jail bird makes him a martyr, how?

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