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Liberals Are All Saying the Same Thing About the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

After roughly 23 hours of deliberation, a jury on Friday found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts – an outcome progressives viewed as emblematic of systemic racism.

SO WHAT

America has been waiting with bated breath for the outcome of the case, which has become an encapsulation of culture war tensions surrounding race, the media and guns.

WHAT HAPPENED

18-year-old Rittenhouse faced five charges – including two homicide counts and one attempted homicide count – related to his actions during a violent racial justice demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin on Aug. 25 of last year.

  • As a precaution against civil unrest, Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers deployed 500 National Guard troops to the Kenosha area Monday.
  • Earlier this week, business owners in Kenosha expressed concerns about crime and vandalism in the wake of the verdict, fearing a repeat of last year’s violent protests over the death of Jacob Blake.
  • “Protesting is OK, but rioting and creating mass destruction to your town or an outsider coming into your town, it does not prove a single thing. It doesn’t help,” Scott Carpenter, owner of B&L Office Furniture, told NBC News.

THE REACTIONS

Passions raged on social media, with conservatives predicting riots. Meanwhile, liberals were broadly in agreement that the acquittal signified a victory for “white supremacy.”

MSNBC host Joy Reid:

Chicago mayoral candidate Amara Enyia:

Community organizer Gregory Jackson:

Feminist journalist Helena Wadia:

Rashad Robinson, president of the progressive non-profit Color of Change:

LGBT advocate Kurt Thigpen:

Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Wis.:

Progressive journalist Alex Berg:

WHAT HAPPENS NOW

Judge Bruce Schroeder told members of the jury on Friday they were under no obligation to give interviews to the press.

  • The prosecution cannot appeal Rittenhouse’s acquittal, according to CNN legal analyst Elie Koenig.
  • Before the trial began on Nov. 1, legal experts agreed that Rittenhouse had a strong claim for self-defense

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