Defense Rests in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

The murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse is moving to closing arguments. Both sides are using it as part of a larger culture war between Left and Right.


The murder trial for Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teen accused of killing two people and injuring a third during riots in Kenosha, received the cable news treatment this week.


reporting from the left side of the aisle


  • CNN focused a joke Judge Schroeder made in breaking for lunch yesterday in which Schroeder “hoped the Asian food” being served for lunch “isn’t on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor.” Schroeder was referencing the supply chain crisis that has left cargo ships stranded outside several West Coast ports, nevertheless it was called racist. 


  • A professor of public policy at Davidson College wrote in an NBC News op-ed that Rittenhouse is an avatar for millions of white Americans who “probably see themselves in Rittenhouse” – “afraid of anyone, whether white or of color, who wants to live in a more equitable country” and turning the trial into another culture war hotspot. 
  • In an unhinged rant, The Daily Beast’s Wajahat Ali, who recently beclowned himself on Twitter on a separate matter, similarly argued Rittenhouse is a white supremacist idol for Republicans to worship.



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