- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse was cleared of all charges, but leftists in the Democratic Party, the media and within the organizations that have become useful tools for the left, like Black Lives Matter, won’t accept the jurors’ finding and instead are out and about, fanning the flames of outrage, protesting in the streets, protesting online, protesting on the airwaves.

Once again, they’re putting their ignorance on full display. They’re driven by hatred of the Second Amendment and of the concept of God-given rights of self-defense.

“Much of the coverage at the beginning was wrong,” Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards said in a recent interview reported by Fox.

You can say that again.

To hear MSNBC put it, Rittenhouse was a racist White guy who grabbed his AR-15 and crossed state lines to Kenosha to go hunting for Black men to kill. To hear CNN tell it, the jurors were all similarly racist White people who ignored truths to free Rittenhouse to go out and kill more Black people. To hear PolitiFact tell it, the weapon Rittenhouse carried was not “perfectly legal,” as a Facebook poster claimed — even though the prosecution was forced to concede that Rittenhouse’s weapon was not illegal for him to possess and even though the judge tossed out the weapons’ possession charge against him.

There are more lies, more deceptions, more stereotypes, more false reports. But for members of the media to continue to perpetuate these lies, either directly or indirectly, by insinuation, is to invite a defamation lawsuit.

Here’s one example, from Maria Shriver, a former award-winning journalist-turned-anchor for NBC News, who wrote on Twitter: “I’m trying to take a beat to digest the Rittenhouse verdict. My son just asked me how it’s possible that he didn’t get charged for anything. How is that possible? I don’t have an answer for him.”

Sen. Ted Cruz did — and it was epic, beginning with the simple fact-based point that Rittenhouse had indeed been charged with plenty.

“Pretty stunning that she’s an @nbc anchor,” the Texas Republican tweeted.

“He WAS charged with six counts. That thing that just finished was his trial,” Cruz tweeted.

And as Cruz noted, the pool of jurors found him not guilty because the facts showed he was not guilty — the facts showed that he was indeed acting in self-defense when he shot three people, two of whom then died. 

But here’s where some of the most egregious lies of the left spring: That the three people who Rittenhouse shot were young innocents, minding their own business, walking peacefully along, when suddenly, out of the blue, they were shot.

Joseph Rosenbaum was a registered sex offender with repeat molestations that included, according to a brief summary from Heavy, allegations of “anal rape and oral sex with minors, masturbating in front of a 15-year-old, distributing photos of a naked woman to a minor under age 18, and other similar offenses” involving five minor-age boys. Following his prison sentence and while on probation, he reportedly ignored his sex offender treatment and violated other terms of his release. He was facing charges in Wisconsin for domestic abuse at the time he lunged for Rittenhouse’s rifle and was fatally shot.

Anthony Huber, also shot and killed by Rittenhouse in what jurors found to be self-defense, possessed a felony record for strangulation, suffocation and domestic abuse. According to court statements from defense attorney Corey Chirafisi, the specifics of the felony involved Huber “holding a 6-inch butcher’s knife to [his] brother’s stomach” while telling him “that if he didn’t start cleaning a room in his house he was going to gut him like a pig,” Heavy reported.

“Huber grabbed his brother by the neck, dug his nails in and choked him for approximately ten seconds,” Chirafisi went on. “He put a knife to his brother’s left ear and his brother felt it cut.”

Gaige Grosskreutz, who survived his shooting by Rittenhouse, also had a lengthy criminal arrest record that included a felony that was expunged and a misdemeanor for intoxicated use of a firearm. Grosskreutz’s most recent criminal charge came in January 2021 for second-offense drunk driving, but it was dismissed, Heavy wrote.

That leftists would purposely leave out these easily confirmable points while discussing the case and slamming Rittenhouse as a White supremacist, a murderer, a vigilante on a bloodthirsty quest to kill, only means one thing: They’re blinded by agenda.

They’re fools for their cause.

“The acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse shows America’s divide over guns,” The Economist wrote.

“Verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse case pulls back curtain on racial bias in our legal system,” The Seattle Times wrote.

The left wants oh-so-badly to ratchet race divides and cripple the Second Amendment — to spark race riots among the lawless while seizing the means of self-defense from the law-abiding — and to do so as a means, ultimately, of expanding the footprint and power of Big Government, that they’re willing even to defend a pedophile.

They’re willing to lock arms with felons.

They’re willing to throw any last semblance of morality to the winds and stand tall with thugs and criminals and the lowest forms of humanity if it means they can march their political agendas forward an inch.

Yes, America, it’s come to this. 

Democrats and their water carriers in the media are so enamored with their own minds, their own lusts for power and control and domination, their own designs to kill the Donald Trump-type, Founding Father-like patriotic spirit of individualism, they’d rather stand with a pedophile than truth.

This is the evil of the left, on full display. 

This is exactly why the Second Amendment is needed in the first place.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter by clicking HERE. Her latest book, “Socialists Don’t Sleep: Christians Must Rise Or America Will Fall,” is available by clicking HERE.

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