A jury hasn’t ruled yet in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen facing homicide charges for shooting three men during a 2020 protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin — but RepublicansThe issue is being used by the allies and the government in a wider culture war that will be ongoing ahead of the midterm elections.

“I think that it’s not a trial, it’s child abuse masquerading as justice in this country,” said J.D. Vance is the venture capitalist and author running for Senate in Ohio. Tucker Carlson’s Fox News program Wednesday. “This entire trial — this entire farce — is an indictment on every institution in our society.”

Rittenhouse could face life imprisonment if found guilty of the most serious offenses. This is after Rittenhouse shot and killed two men, and injured another, during protests that broke out in the wake of a Kenosha white officer who had left Jacob Blake paralysed from the waist down. It is unclear whether Rittenhouse (17 at the time) was acting as an hero or vigilante during the trial.

Rittenhouse’s trial has become symbolic of the nation’s political polarization over police brutality, racism and gun rights — issues that are nearly certain to factor into the upcoming election cycle.

Kyle Rittenhouse weeps on the stand when he was called to testify in his murder trial at Kenosha on Nov. 10th, Wisconsin.
Mark Hertzberg/Associated Press

Republicans seeking office in 2022 have attacked the prosecution in the case and continue to slam President Joe Biden for appearing to label Rittenhouse — who traveled across state lines to Kenosha with an AR-style rifle and a medical kit — a “white supremacist” in a tweet shortly after the killings.

Biden will be the next president after September 2020’s presidential debate. shared a videoFormer President Donald Trump is being criticized because he refused to recognize white supremacy which featured Rittenhouse, others.

Rittenhouse claimed that he was acting in self defense and went to Kenosha to confront violence and looting.

“It’s an indictment of our disgusting president, who called him a white supremacist, even though he shot other white people. It’s an indictment of our media, which slandered and bullied a 17-year-old boy. I haven’t seen anything that disgusts me with the leaders of this country like this ridiculous farce of a trial,” Vance, who has framed his candidacy around cultural issues, said on Fox.

On Thursday, Vance’s GOP primary opponent, Josh Mandel, tweeted “Kyle Rittenhouse is the victim” in response to basketball star LeBron James, who questioned whether Rittenhouse’s tears on the stand were genuine.

Eric Greitens (the former Missouri governor) is running for open Senate seats in the state. retweeted former NYPD Commissioner Bernie Kerik — a fixture on right-wing cable who received a presidential pardon from Trump — who called the trial an “abuse of power by a politically motivated prosecutor.”

Tulsi Gabrield, a former Hawaii congresswoman, offered her views. Gabbard is a vetted candidate for the Trump presidency. He’s seen as having ambitions for higher office and being supportive of the right.

“The prosecutor in this Rittenhouse trial obviously didn’t do his due diligence before making the decision to prosecute,” Gabbard said in a viral videoIt is. “This tragedy never would have happened if the government had simply carried out its responsibilities to protect the safety, lives and property of innocent people.”

Republican Glenn Youngkin’s win this month in the Virginia governor’s race demonstrated the potency of cultural issues for the GOP, which successfully tapped into anger over parental control in schools, particularly with COVID-19 mandates and the bogeyman of “critical race theory” in schools.

Underpinning the Rittenhouse trial, which continues this week, are tensions over last year’s protests against police brutality toward Black Americans and the role police forces should play in society.

Democrats, for their part, weren’t silent on Rittenhouse, either.

Rep. Hakeem Jeffreys of New York tweeted on Wednesday: “Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key.”



Source: HuffPost.com.

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