“We Should All Celebrate”: Tucker Carlson Says Rittenhouse’s acquittal is “a wonderful moment”

Fox News host Tucker Carlson described Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal as “a wonderful moment,” praised the jury, and insisted it was a day to celebrate – as left-wing news anchors described it as a sad moment in US history .

Carlson, who will air the first television interview with Rittenhouse on Monday, showed his producers in the car with Rittenhouse as they drove away from the courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday afternoon.

Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted on Friday by a jury of all five charges relating to the deaths of two protesters who were shot dead by Rittenhouse on August 25, 2020.

At the end of the two-week trial, the jury ruled that Rittenhouse had acted in self-defense amid chaotic scenes, with rioting in the city caused by the police shooting of a black man named Jacob Blake.

“The jury made the right decision,” said Rittenhouse to Carlson’s team.

“Self-defense is not illegal. I’m glad you made the right judgment. ‘

The teenager added, “It’s been a tough journey but we made it.

“We survived the hard part.”

Carlson, one of the strongest advocates of Rittenhouse, praised the jury for their “enormous moral courage” and described it as “an important day in US history”.

Tucker Carlson described Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal as “a wonderful moment”

Rittenhouse is seen in a car leaving the courthouse talking to Carlson’s team

Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts. The verdict came at 12:15 p.m. on Friday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, raising fears that the city could erupt again into violence

When the first verdict was read, Rittenhouse, 18, began to tremble as he fought back tears. But in the end he couldn’t hold her anymore and collapsed in his chair and then hugged the defense attorney Corey Chirafisi

In other networks the reaction was significantly different.

Chris Cuomo on CNN said that Rittenhouse was “armed” by Carlson, whom he described as “one of the most venomous and divisive people in our society”.

Cuomo said he believed the verdict to be correct, however.

“Even though he wasn’t guilty, it was wrong and hurtful and people are dead and we shouldn’t be celebrating,” said Cuomo.

“The law rules. And the law here is the bad guy. This law of self-defense is pathetic. According to the law, he was allowed to carry the rifle. ‘

His CNN colleague Don Lemon said, “We should respect the justice system in Kenosha. Applicable laws are the main reason for his acquittal.

‘It’s hard to race apart from this case. It may not be the main problem, but it was there. ‘

He later added, “Race is definitely a part of it.”

Both Don Lemon and Chris Cuomo on CNN agreed it was the right verdict, but said they were dismayed at how the laws were working

Chuck Todd (center) said he feared the ruling would “encourage” vigilante groups.

Chuck Todd, a presenter on MSNBC, said he encouraged the verdict to bear guns during protests.

“The next time there is any kind of protest and it could become politicized, gun owners with a particular ideology may even feel encouraged,” said Todd.

“Anyone who supports Black Lives Matter should be very scared afterwards,” said Joy-Ann Reid, another MSNBC presenter.

Nicolle Wallace tried to put Rittenhouse in the same category as local terrorists.

“Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal today – not guilty in any way – did not come in a cultural vacuum,” she said.

“This moment that we are thinking about and talking about has an alarming context.

“Last week the Department of Homeland Security released its latest bulletin, once again warning Americans of the ongoing threat from local violent extremists.

“We should also point out the conservative media who have been preparing their audiences for this moment for many, many months and who call Rittenhouse heroes.”

Rachel Maddow on MSNBC responded silently to the verdict

Carlson accused the left of “supporting the violence of the mob” and said Rittenhouse was a patriot protecting his father’s hometown.

“The jury confirmed what was obvious from the start,” said Carlson.

‘It was a wonderful moment.’

He said it shows that “Propaganda doesn’t always win. Today it was mercilessly defeated – thank God. ‘

And he criticized rival networks for framing the process in racial terms.

“It has nothing to do with anything,” said Carlson.

“But it was a fixation of the Democratic Party.

“They try to racialize everything,” he said, accusing them of “making people frenzied”.

Carlson’s team was with Rittenhouse when he left the courthouse a free man and spoke to him as he drove away from the courthouse

Immediately after the verdict was read, Rittenhouse was taken from the courtroom into a waiting SUV

His guest, Brazilian-based journalist Glenn Greenwald, noted that three of Brazil’s top newspapers had to apologize for calling the Rittenhouse victims black.

Sean Hannity, also on Fox News, replied, “My message to Kyle Rittenhouse tonight: sue them all, starting with the president.

“That was a clear case of self-defense. We don’t work under the mob rule.

“If someone on Fake News CNN or MSNBC had a bit of decency, they would apologize. You are a cheater. You are always wrong; they always hurry to judge. ‘

Sean Hannity showed scenes of a protest against the verdict in Brooklyn, New York Friday night and told Rittenhouse to sue his critics

Geraldo Rivera, Hannity’s guest, got into a heated argument over whether Rittenhouse should sue Biden – with Judge Jeanine yelling from the sidelines.

Rivera said the proposal to sue the president was “absurd”.

Hannity replied, ‘It is okay to call someone with no facts a white racist?’

‘May I finish the sentence?’ Rivera continued. “The person Rittenhouse was supposed to sue first is the guy who was his original attorney, trying to make a political statement, dragging this 17-year-old boy into the bar with the Proud Boys and allowing that narrative of white supremacy.”

“Oh, stop it, Geraldo!” called Pirro.

“That’s ridiculous,” said Hannity.

“I want to know if you are referring to someone who is not a white racist or a public figure calling them a white racist, isn’t that a defamation?”

Rivera replied: “Sean, as you and I are called every day …”

Hannity replied, “He is not a public figure.”

The argument lasted several minutes.

Hannity’s other guest, Miranda Devine, said the case was “a modern day to kill a mockingbird,” and Rittenhouse’s attorney was Atticus Finch.

She said it was about a poor, “defenseless” man who had taken over the system.

“The poor child,” she said.

‘My heart went to him. I very much hope that he can get on with his life.

“He deserves to be validated and to let his life go on.”

Left reaction to Rittenhouse’s acquittal

Cori Bush, a Missouri congressman and member of The Squad, described Rittenhouse’s acquittal as “white supremacy in action”.

“This system is not designed to hold white racists accountable,” she said.

“That is why blacks and browns are treated brutally and locked in cages, while white racist murderers roam free.

‘I’m injured. I am angry. I have lovesickness.’

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez agreed, tweeted, “What we are witnessing is a system that works as planned and protects those for whom it was designed.”

Fellow Squad member Ayanna Pressley added, “Racism and white domination remain the bedrock of our legal system. My heart breaks for the family and loved ones of those whose lives have been stolen and for the trauma our communities face today and every day.

“The struggle for accountability, for justice, for healing continues.”

The Chair of the House’s Progressive Caucus, Pramila Jayapal, said, “I am heartbroken.

“If we are ever going to crack down on racial injustice in America, we have to admit that our justice system doesn’t work for blacks, browns and indigenous people. Then we have to transform it.

“It won’t be easy, but I am determined to work with you to organize to make it happen.”

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said it was an understatement to call this a miscarriage of justice.

He tweeted: “Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum are victims. You should be alive today.

“The only reason they’re not is because some violent, dangerous man decided to take a gun across state lines and shoot people.”

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