NBC’s Maria Shriver sparks outrage after asking ‘how it’s possible’ Rittenhouse walked out of court a free man
NBC anchor: ‘The idea that someone could be out with a semi-automatic weapon, kill people, and walk is stunning
NBC anchor Maria Shriver sparked online outrage for tweeting her controversial thoughts on Friday’s verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial.
Rittenhouse, who is now 18, was charged with first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment after shooting and killing two men and injuring another during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020 following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse would have faced a mandatory life sentence if convicted of first-degree intentional homicide.
Shriver, however, said she was confused by the jury’s decision. She appeared to join several other media figures who have expressed their outrage over the verdict and suggested the defendant was guilty as charged.
“I’m trying to take a beat to digest the Rittenhouse verdict,” Shriver tweeted Friday. “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.”
Several people took issue with her summary of the situation, noting she left out how Rittenhouse claimed he was acting in self-defense the night of the shootings and first went to Kenosha to try and keep the peace as riots erupted in the city.
Liberal lawmakers and pundits from networks like MSNBC labeled Rittenhouse a “White supremacist” both before and after the conclusion of the trial.
Kyle was almost immediately labeled a ‘White supremacist’ and a ‘domestic terrorist,’” Sandmann recently wrote in The Daily Mail.
“To many, my red MAGA hat clearly meant that I was a racist,” Sandmann continued. “Kyle wasn’t given his day in court by his critics. And neither was I. The attacks on Kyle came from the national news media, just as they came for me. They came quickly, without hesitation, because Kyle was an easy target that they could paint in the way they wanted to.”