I was surprised by the headline and confused by the article!
A difficult political atmosphere for President Joe Biden may have become even more treacherous with the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Biden was already facing sliding poll numbers with an electorate worn down by the coronavirus pandemic and increasing inflation. Now, the president finds himself caught between outraged Democrats — some of whom were already stewing over Biden’s inability to land police reform and voting rights legislation — and Republicans looking to use the Rittenhouse case to exploit the national divide over matters of grievance and race.
“This is one of the last things Biden wants to be engaging in at this moment as he tries to finish up the big Build Back Better bill and get that across the finish line through the Senate,” said Christopher Borick, director of the Muhlenberg College Institute of Public Opinion. “Race and Kyle Rittenhouse is not the space where he wants or needs to be going deep right now.”
The acquittal of Rittenhouse has touched off new conversations about racial justice, vigilantism and policing in America. The Illinois teen armed himself with an AR-15-style semi-automatic rifle during an August 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, days after the shooting of a Black man by a white police officer. He said he came to small city to help protect a car lot from vandals and provide medical aid.
You gotta love how the media trumps up a hysterical problem, then goes out and says that there’s a “conversation” happening.
This media saturated society, where the media itself is the gatekeeper for censorship, is entirely artificial. It’s a fake, manufactured society.
The media took things to another level this time, literally telling people that Kyle shot blacks in order to racialize the discussion.
At this point, they can just say whatever they want, because their censorship is so extreme that no one can push back against any of it.
Rittenhouse would end up fatally shooting two men and maiming a third. Rittenhouse and his lawyers successfully argued that he had acted in self-defense during a confrontation in which he feared for his life.
The verdict in the case comes at a moment when Biden is trying to keep fellow Democrats focused on passing his massive social services and climate bill and hoping to turn the tide with Americans who have soured on his performance as president.
The president responded carefully following Friday’s verdict, expressing respect for the jury’s decision. He later added in a written statement that, like many Americans, he was “angry and concerned” with the jury acquittal of Rittenhouse.
That doesn’t sound very careful. It actually sounds sloppy and ridiculous.
Does he respect the decision or is he angry and concerned about the decision? He is both angry and respectful towards the decision?
That sounds schizophrenic.
Obviously, everyone knows he doesn’t write his own press statements, and I think he was in surgery when he released both of these statements, so there wasn’t even a pretext of him having written them – but it demonstrates that his team writing his statements don’t have any clear direction, and are basically just reacting to Twitter posts.
Meanwhile, Republicans, who had success in this month’s Virginia election in part by accusing Democrats of promoting critical race theory in public schools, are embracing 18-year-old Rittenhouse as their newest hero in America’s culture wars.
GOP Reps. Paul Gosar of Arizona and Matt Gaetz of Florida have said they’d like to hire him as an intern, with Gosar suggesting they arm wrestle for the honor. Another Republican, Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, on Saturday predicted that liberal outrage over the Rittenhouse trial would benefit her party.
“It seems liberals want self-defense to be illegal,” Boebert tweeted. “Try running on that in 2022 and see how far it gets you with the majority of the sane American public.”
I think the Biden people are completely high on their own supply.
The left has censored the right completely, created a chilling effect where no one is willing to say what they believe unless they are extremist leftists, and then they’ve looked at the sycophantic cheering in the totally censored landscape and decided that it is an accurate representation of America.
Former President Donald Trump was quick to stand with Rittenhouse following the verdict. He called the teen “brave” for testifying in his own defense and accused the left of trying “to fan hatred” with its treatment of Rittenhouse.
In the aftermath of the acquittal, Republicans have highlighted a tweet by Biden during his winning 2020 presidential campaign in which he appeared to suggest that Rittenhouse was a white supremacist.
The tweet, from September 2020, excoriated Trump for failing “to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage” the previous night and included a video that contained a still image of Rittenhouse from the night of the Kenosha shooting and footage of torch-bearing white supremacists at the 2017 Unite the Right rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.
And it wasn’t the only thing. He was constantly on TV saying Kyle was doing white supremacy.
Biden went on CNN last year and accused Rittenhouse of being part of a white supremacist militia
I hope Kyle sues the sh*t out of himpic.twitter.com/47UnoV9VHL
— Jewish Deplorable (@TrumpJew2) November 19, 2021
He said he was in a militia!
He’s going to get sued.
Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Republican National Committee chairwoman Ronna McDaniel are among party officials who have called on Biden to apologize.
“He smeared a teenager to score political points and spread lies about this case,” McDaniel wrote on Twitter. “What Biden did was dangerous and inflammatory.”
Asked by a reporter soon after the verdict if he stood by his campaign social media posting, Biden responded that “I stand by what the jury has concluded.”
JUST IN: Pres. Biden responds to Kyle Rittenhouse verdict: "I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it." https://t.co/3e24Bl7iaD pic.twitter.com/v8bxygFxMU
— ABC News (@ABC) November 19, 2021
He stands by the supremacy of the white race and their right to murder black people for protesting for racial justice?
What does it mean?
Borick, the Muhlenberg College pollster, said the results of this month’s elections in Virginia show that driving at cultural issues — including race and transgender rights — could be a good strategy for Republicans trying to energize a segment of the electorate that was passionate about Trump but less enthusiastic about the rest of the GOP. But Borick warned that the GOP’s fulsome embrace of Rittenhouse wasn’t without risk.
“I don’t know if it’s a great place to be if you’re trying, come the midterms, to reach suburban voters and educated voters who might not fault the decision to acquit Rittenhouse because of the circumstances but are far from comfortable holding him up as a hero,” Borick said.
He’s not really so much a hero as a martyr. Although someone can be both, there’s a pretty significant difference in the terms.
Kyle is a representation of what can happen to an innocent person – they can be demonized, jailed, and put through hell after having done nothing wrong. The lies of the media about this situation – including, once again, claiming that the “victims” were black – is also instructive.
Anyway, I don’t really know what the AP is trying to communicate here, other than that people don’t like Brandon, which we have known ever since he lost the 2020 election.
Maybe the Rittenhouse verdict is going to make Democrats more restless, but this doesn’t really matter, because this winter, the party is planning to do the ultimate lockdown in order to crush the opposition, and force vax them.