As the jury begins deliberations about what they have seen over the past two weeks in courtroom, closing arguments will be made in today’s Kyle Rittenhouse case trial.
As we previously reported, the prosecution is making some pretty wild, demonstrably false statements in their closing argument, including the preposterous suggestion that once you’re carrying a gun you no longer have a right to claim self-defense.
Nick Arama, my colleague pointed out correctly that Assistant D.A. Thomas Binger said “is just flat-out wrong under the law. This statement would have to be true if self-defense could not exist. Anyone with a gun cannot claim self defense. And perhaps that’s the aim here — to impugn the right to self-defense with a gun in general. Binger also told them you can’t claim self-defense if the person is unarmed. That’s also untrue.”
But something else Binger said today raised a lot of eyebrows, specifically as it related to proclaiming the Kenosha rioters including the mobs that ran after Rittenhouse as a “crowd full of heroes.” Watch:
Binger describes Kenosha’s mob, which was setting fire to the city, as a “crowd of heroes” that tried to stop Kyle Rittenhouse from being “active shooter”.
Absolute madness pic.twitter.com/w3VvusUaRP
— Greg Price (@greg_price11) November 15, 2021
Town Hall’s Julio Rosas, who was there for the Kenosha riots last year and who is covering the trial in person, begged to differ – and brought the receipts to counter such arguments, specifically referencing a monster threadVideo clips of violence and rioting that he captured last August were posted by him in real time.
Here’s the thread from that night: https://t.co/GMMEI0oFop
— Julio Rosas (@Julio_Rosas11) November 15, 2021
… as did independent journalist Andy Ngo, who tweeted a thread chock fullVideo evidence to the contrary including this:
Flashback August 2020 #Kenosha: Though described as “racial justice protests” in the liberal & establishment press, the citizens in Kenosha were terrorized for days as BLM-Antifa rioters from across the country descended on city to burn & loot: pic.twitter.com/2VX0fDHqSu
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) November 15, 2021
But beyond the video evidence, let’s consider the dangerous argument Binger is trying to make here. He’s proclaiming the mobs “heroes” for running after a man (Rittenhouse) who purportedly was being called an “active shooter” by law enforcement. Binger stated that they had done something selfless in going after Rittenhouse (who was armed). The problem here, again, as we’ve already noted, is that it was the very crowd aka the mob that was the big issue here, not Rittenhouse, which is why Rittenhouse shot to defend himself.
While I can appreciate that heroes are sometimes found in real active shooter situations, it is also true that shooters are stopped before they cause harm to innocent civilians. But that situation doesn’t apply here, and Binger knows it based on the previous testimony of some of his own witnesses. Plus his argument, essentially, is that mob “justice” is appropriate in these types of situations, something the police STRONGLY argue against. Police are not supposed to deal with random mobs that may have ulterior motives. This was what happened here.
Simply put, if everyone acted in active shooter situations as Binger suggested was “heroic” in this instance, we’d likely have a lot more dead people, and a lot more of that “vigilante” style justice we saw in the Wild West days, which needless to say should not become a thing in modern society for obvious reasons.
I’ve watched a lot of criminal trials in my lifetime, and I can honestly say the prosecution, in this case, has made some of the worst, most dangerous, and frankly anti-American arguments I have ever seen. This will be fascinating to watch in the jury room. Let’s just pray that the concerns about rioting in the event of the “wrong” verdict don’t have an impact on their decision one way or the other.
Related:Jeffrey Toobin Asks Jeffrey What It Would Look Like If Kyle Rittenhouse Was Black.