From American Historian Heather Cox Richardson's November 19 newsletter, this link will open the full newsletter, https://heathercoxrichardson.substack.com/p/november-19-2021. My and another reader's thoughts bring up the rear.
This afternoon, a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of intentional homicide, reckless homicide, and attempted intentional homicide in the killing of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and in the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. Rittenhouse shot the three men with an assault rifle on August 25, 2020. Then 17, he traveled from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha to, he later said, protect businesses there that he thought were under threat from those gathered to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man, by law enforcement officers.
The defense presented evidence that the men Rittenhouse killed made him afraid for his life. Wisconsin permits deadly force if a person reasonably believes they are in imminent danger of great bodily harm.
The case has national implications. Although protesting is a constitutional right protected by the First Amendment, members of the right wing hailed Rittenhouse as a hero who righteously took up arms against protesters they insist are dangerous to America. Immediately, the white nationalist, neo-Nazi website VDARE reversed victim and offender, tweeting: “Kyle Rittenhouse is the hero we’ve been waiting for throughout the turbulent summer of 2020, where a Black Lives Matter/Antifa/Bolshevik revolution has our country on the brink of total chaos.”
With Rittenhouse’s acquittal, we learned that Fox News Channel personality Tucker Carlson had a film crew creating a documentary about Rittenhouse during the trial. Carlson will interview Rittenhouse on Monday night.
Even more ominous than the public praise of Rittenhouse, Republican lawmakers also celebrated his acquittal, inviting a young man without any qualifications other than involvement in a deadly shooting of protesters to accept a position in our government. Former president Trump sent out a fund-raising email, cheering the acquittal and claiming the trial was “nothing more than a WITCH HUNT from the Radical Left,” who “want to PUNISH law-abiding citizens, including a CHILD, like Kyle Rittenhouse, for doing nothing more than following the LAW.”
Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) cheered that Rittenhouse is one of the “good guys” who “help, protect, and defend.” Representatives Matt Gaetz (R-FL), Paul Gosar (R-AZ), and Madison Cawthorn (R-NC) all publicly offered Rittenhouse a congressional internship. Cawthorn told followers that Rittenhouse was not guilty and told them to “be armed, be dangerous, and be moral.”
The Rittenhouse verdict means anyone can tote the same kind of loaded gun at any public demonstration in Wisconsin, and shoot anyone who tries to take the gun away, and that wonderful virus will spread like wildfire into every state in the Union, regardless of what those states' laws say. The Rittenhouse verdict opened the doors of Hell wide. I wonder if the Democrats and Independents are buying every gun and bullet they can find? Perhaps they should hire John Wick to advise them?
Stores are sold out. Guns and ammo, bare. Don’t carry. Don’t dare. Don’t go there. Panic rules. Rittenhouse went looking for trouble. His mother? Of course. White Trash are illiterate out there. Everywhere. We have concealed permits. Our county judge said carry. I’m sure he does. What’s the point?
I recall being put in Facebook jail for using the term, "white trash". Long before that, I concluded politically correct is a terminal spiritual disease. I belong to no political party and was born and raised in Birmingham, Alabama. When I grew up, the Democrats were the white trash party in Alabama. Now, it's the Republicans, in the main. Not all Republicans in Alabama like what they see going on in white trash America, but few of them are willing to go public about how they feel. Thus, they are complicit in their silence. I imagine there are very few Republicans and their MAGA cousins in Alabama, and in America, who do not attend church regularly and think they are saved by Jesus Christ. I wonder if they even once will wonder how their beloved Savior feels about the Rittenhouse verdict? The now established courts of Caesar right in Wisconsin to bear guns designed for only one purpose, to kill human beings, at public protests? They should change their national and spiritual creed to, "In Guns We Trust."