‘It’s murder to me.’ I’m sorry,’ Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of ABC’s “The View,” said emphatically on Monday about her feelings regarding Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal on all counts last week. Despite the jury’s findings on Friday in the 2020 shooting deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, Goldberg said she saw Rittenhouse’s acts as murder. Rittenhouse was able to prove that he acted in self-defense. Rittenhouse also injured a third man. Goldberg presented a video clip of Huber’s father on CNN bemoaning the fact that Rittenhouse was being hailed as a “hero” while holding up the urn carrying his son’s ashes before giving her view on the judgment.
She claimed Huber “wasn’t doing anything” after watching the footage, despite video evidence showing him hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard before being shot and killed. If found guilty, Rittenhouse would have faced a mandatory life sentence. Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges by a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday, completing a dramatic trial regarding the fatal turmoil in that city last summer. If proven guilty and convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, Rittenhouse, 18, would have faced a mandatory life term.
Judge Bruce Schroeder remarked after the verdict, “I couldn’t have asked for a nicer jury to deal with, and it has genuinely been my joy.” “I believe that, without commenting on your verdict, the verdicts themselves, in terms of your attentiveness and cooperation with us, reflects the trust that our country’s founders placed in you, therefore I discharge you at this time.” He proceeded, saying: “You are under no duty to speak with anyone about this issue. You are free to participate in as little or as much as you choose.” Rittenhouse spokesman Dave Hancock told Fox News that Rittenhouse “defended himself” as “clear as day.”
Marc Richards of Rittenhouse says he represents “people,” not “causes,” and that he wouldn’t defend the 18-year-old if he “wanted anybody to go off on a crusade.” On the fourth day of deliberations and the 15th day of the trial, the jury reached a decision. After the decision, Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger remarked, “The jury has represented our community in this trial and has spoken.” In a subsequent statement, he added: “The Kenosha community has been through a lot in the last 15 months, but we’ve managed to stay resilient and strong. We ask that community members continue to voice their thoughts and feelings regarding the judgment in a polite and peaceful manner.”
Rittenhouse was found not guilty on five charges, including first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment, after a total of 26 hours of deliberation. Two other counts linked to his weapon had already been rejected by Judge Bruce Schroeder. The jury consisted of seven women and five males, including one male person of color on the panel. Jurors were entitled to talk to the media if they so desired, according to Schroeder, but none did so when they left the courthouse following the judgment on Friday. Many people departed with masks on and their hoods up. The Kenosha County Courthouse was surrounded by police, the media, and demonstrators on Friday.
On Aug. 25, 2020, Rittenhouse was charged with five counts after fatally shooting two persons and injuring a third during the second night of civil unrest in Kenosha. When he shot Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, as well as deceased Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, in the riots after the police shooting of a 29-year-old Black man, Jacob Blake, his attorneys said he was acting in self-defense after being assaulted from behind. After Rittenhouse’s defense team claimed that a portion of the legislation regulating short-barreled rifles was grounds for dismissal, the court threw one allegation of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18.
The judgment was dubbed “an appalling failure to safeguard demonstrators by the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office” by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on Friday. “Kyle Rittenhouse was not held accountable for his conduct despite his deliberate choice to cross state borders, harm one person, and kill two others in protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. This is unfortunate, but not unexpected “In a Friday tweet, the foundation stated. In a statement released Friday, Ben Crump, a civil rights lawyer who defended George Floyd, labeled Rittenhouse “a racist, murderous vigilante who, like so many white men before him, not only dodged punishment, but laughed in its face.”
“Today, I pray for the victims, for our country, for our children and grandchildren, and for this tragedy of a case to be an outlier on our way to a more equitable system, not a signal of retreat backwards,” he added. “We just cannot afford it,” she says. Republicans and right-leaning celebrities cheered the jury’s decision, while Democrats and left-leaning celebrities criticized what they called a failure of the judicial system. President Biden said on Friday that he “didn’t watch the trial” but agrees with “what the jury found.” “The jury system works, and we must follow it,” he explained.
Biden then added in a statement released later Friday afternoon: “While many Americans, including myself, are angered and disturbed by the Kenosha conviction, we must respect that the jury has spoken. Because I think that what unites us is far stronger than what separates us, I campaigned on a commitment to bring Americans together. I recognize that our country’s scars will not heal overnight, but I am committed to doing all in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, fairly, and with respect under the law.”
“Violence and property destruction have no place in our democracy,” he continued. “He witnessed a shooting. He believed he was doing responsibly “According to Goldberg. “So, no matter how many reasons you make, the reality remains that three individuals were shot. Two persons were assassinated. It’s murder to me. I apologize.” She went on to say that the sight of Huber’s father putting his son’s ashes up to the camera was one she would never forget. Following the judgment, the media went into a frenzy, with a number of celebrities voicing their displeasure with the jury’s decision to acquit Rittenhouse. Goldberg’s comments came after days of tremendous media wrath.
The verdict was dubbed a “stark reminder of inequality” by CNN contributor Ana Navarro, while NBC News’ Lester Holt believed Rittenhouse encouraged the incidents that resulted in the deaths of Huber and Rosenbaum before successfully claiming self-defense. There were plenty more cases. Following the judgment, Rittenhouse provided the first interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News. The interview will appear on “Tucker Carlson Tonight” on Monday at 8 p.m. ET.