5 Takeaways from the Rittenhouse Trial

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Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who shot and killed two men during last year’s “summer of riots,” is being tried for murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin. The media and progressive left are waiting with baited breath for a guilty verdict, because so many of them think that Kyle killed black people. And according to the narrative, convicting Kyle, then locking him up and throwing away the key would be absolute justice since the riots were triggered after a black man was shot multiple times by police.

1. Police Inaction is Dangerous

Backstory: Kenosha became a flashpoint of unrest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. There was a felony arrest warrant out for Blake, who showed up to take the children of a woman he had previously raped. She called police, who were apprised of Blake’s history of abuse. When officers attempted to arrest Blake, he opened the driver’s door to his girlfriend’s rented SUV and leaned into it. The officer believed he was about to be stabbed by Blake, who had a knife. He shot Blake seven times in the back and left him paralyzed.

The incident set off a wave of violence. The third night of protests in Kenosha, after police had stopped responding to the criminals, Kyle–17 years old at the time–showed up with his firearm in order to protect private businesses. He was confronted by rioters and his life was verbally threatened. Kyle called out that he was “friendly” three times. It didn’t stop assailants who hit Kyle in the head with a skateboard, kicked him in the head, and pointed a gun at him.

2. The Right to Self-defense Hangs in the Balance

The case hinges on whether or not self-defense is still allowed in this country. According to Kyle, he fired four rounds in self-defense—killing two men and injuring another. The dead men were convicted felons; one was a pedophile, and everyone involved was white. 


  1. Rittenhouse said he was headed toward a used car lot to put out a fire when Joseph Rosenbaum began to chase him. 
  2. Rosenbaum twice made death threats to Rittenhouse and those around him. 
  3. They ran into the car lot. 
  4. Rittenhouse turned to point his gun once at Rosenbaum, trying to ward him off, but Rosenbaum continued to pursue him–video evidence agrees. 
  5. Rittenhouse turned around to face Rosenbaum, who lunged toward him and grabbed for his rifle.
  6. “I remember his hand was on the barrel of my gun,” he said. Rittenhouse shot four times, killing Rosenbaum.

When cross-examined, Kyle explained, “Mr. Rosenbaum was chasing me. I pointed my gun at him, and that did not deter him. He could have ran away instead of trying to take my gun from me, but he kept chasing me. It didn’t stop him.” 

Afterward, Rittenhouse called a friend and looked on as another person began to apply first aid to Rosenbaum. When the crowd started to scream to “get him,”he ran. Kyle said he was running toward police to turn himself in, which he eventually did in Antioch, IL, his hometown.

3. Prosecution Overreach is Risky

Rittenhouse testified he acted in self-defense when he fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum after the man threw a plastic bag at him and chased him. Kyle did not know it was a bag and thought it was a heavy chain. “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself,” he said.

  • Under cross-examination, Rittenhouse said that he knew Rosenbaum was unarmed. He said he pointed his rifle at Rosenbaum in an attempt to deter him and acknowledged that was dangerous.
  • Kyle said, “If I would have let Mr. Rosenbaum take my firearm from me, he would have used it and killed me with it and probably killed more people.”
  • He broke down in tears at one point, leading to a short break. Left-wing media excoriated him for the breakdown, calling it fake because there weren’t any tears. 
  • Note: Experts explain that during a time of great stress, a person may experience loss of tears and dry mouth. Kyle is undergoing treatment for PTSD.

4. The Court of Social Opinion is Based on Ignorance

On Thursday, the prosecution rested. Judge Schroeder met with both sideson Friday to prepare for final arguments on Monday. While we wait for the jury’s decision, the atmosphere is filled with hatred and threats for both the judge and several witnesses.

  • Judge Schroeder has been targeted because he has “God Bless the USA” tune as his ringtone—the same Lee Greenwood song that was played at Trump campaign events.
  • His other offense was making a joke about their lunch being delayed due to supply chain disruptions: “I hope the Asian food isn’t on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor,” he quipped.
  • Some progressives are calling for a mistrial, while others are emailing him, calling for his disbarment or threatening his family, and wishing for the judge’s death. 
  • One email sent to the judge claimed Kyle Rittenhouse won’t live long if acquitted. 

Drew Hernandez, who filmed the events of that fateful night August 25, testified that Kyle was trying to de-escalate the situation and appeared to be attempting to protect local businesses before he was threatened. Some of the printable reactions on social media aimed at Hernandez include “Kill yourself, fascist.” 

5. Silver Lining: Some are Waking Up

One poster named Sarah Beth Burwick claims she is highly educated and reasonably perceptive, but she only learned Wednesday that the “victims” were white. “My progressive bubble made this seem like a very different case than it is,” she admitted.

Others responded to her, saying they were shocked to learn many of the details. 

Sarah Beth added that “If you hear someone called a white supremacist enough times, you believe it unless you realize you need to question everything you’ve been told, which is what is keeping me very, very busy of late.”

The mainstream media is trying very hard to bury the facts of the case, which as of this writing, confirms that Kyle was on the scene to protect Kenosha businesses from the rioters, acted to put out a fire, and only used his gun when his life was in danger. Wisconsin is bracing for potential riots if Kyle is acquitted. While Kenosha has not seen any protests or demonstrations during the trial, Gov. Tony Evers has called up 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard for active duty to help local law enforcement.

Why this Matters: The media has been caught lying about the trial, such as calling the assailants “victims,” because their job is to provide cover for further destruction in the name of battling racism and white privilege. Progressives seem to think that because “Black Lives Matter,” anything associated with their cause is righteous. Anything they choose to do to “raise awareness” such as riots, destruction, arson, even lying, is justified—and the rest of us should just stand aside. After all, the police have already acceded to their violence. Businesses have insurance, right? The left wing thugs took over Kenosha, and Kyle was treading on their land. Their logic says that he should have known better.

We have been told to expect pandemonium if Kyle is acquitted.

How to pray: For Kyle’s salvation and for his safety. Pray that the jury will reach the right verdict. Pray for the judge and all who testified that they survive the wrath of people who think they know better. Pray for the healing of our nation.

Ps. 10:4, 6, 17, 18 – The wicked, through the pride of his countenance, will not seek after God: God is not in all his thoughts. 

He hath said in his heart, God hath forgotten: he hideth his face; he will never see it.

LORD, thou hast heard the desire of the humble: thou wilt prepare their heart, thou wilt cause thine ear to hear:

To judge the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may no more oppress.


  1. Barbara Brewer says:

    The democrats want to dismiss the actual fact that Kyle Rittenhouse was being attacked by these thugs when he shot them in ‘SELF DEFENSE’. You ‘CAN’T’ have it ‘BOTH’ ways.


  2. I have watched a lot of this trial as it was broadcast and then looked at a lot of the media reports and am left wondering if I watched the same as they did as the reporting seems very biased against him.

    Rittenhouse used poor judgement with good intentions and found himself in a situation that led to tragedy. It is a rare teenager that makes sensible decisions simply because they are young and do not have the benefit of life experiences to allow them to make better decisions. Nor are teenagers keen to take advice from old farts as that advice is never very sexy.

    What few people consider is that this kid has to live the rest of his life with what he did and that is a heavy burden for anyone to carry. In one night his life has changed in no good ways and he has to live knowing that and experiencing all that comes with it.

    Only the truly heartless feel no remorse for their actions and Rittenhouse does not strike me as being heartless.


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