As the Kyle Rittenhouse trial got underway, it captured the full attention of the media and our members of Congress.
The 18-year-old Rittenhouse is facing five counts: one count of first-degree murder in the death of Anthony Huber, one count of first-degree reckless murder in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, two counts recklessly dangerously executed by firing squad near others and a first-degree person who committed intentional homicide by injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, NPR reported.
The panel is currently in its second day of deliberations. But even as the trial was ongoing, one MP decided it was appropriate to comment on the situation.
Democratic Representative Hakeem Jeffries of New York tweeted on November 10, “Lock Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the keys.” He tweeted this the day that Rittenhouse stand up in his trial.
Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the keys.
– Hakeem Jeffries (@hakeemjeffries) November 10, 2021
Jeffries immediately faced backlash for the comment on Twitter.
In particular, many argue that claims against Rittenhouse seems to be in stark contrast to Jeffries’ earlier comments that mass incarceration should be stopped and prisons broken down.
This person of you? pic.twitter.com/BbsaKaeiXb
– Dan O’Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) November 10, 2021
Rittenhouse’s actions, and currently on trial, have been highly divisive as many celebrities and lawmakers have weighed in on the situation.
But it is not appropriate for congressmen and legislators to shout their opinions like this while an ongoing trial will determine the rest of an 18-year-old’s life. This could be seen as an attempt to shake up the court and the justice system itself.
Minority leader Kevin McCarthy seemed to grasp this as he made Jeffries’ blatant comments and criticized Democratic Party member for doing nothing.
“When [Rep. Hakeem Jeffries] tweeted a week ago, ‘Lock Kyle Rottenhouse and throw away the keys,’ in an attempt to shake up an ongoing trial, Democrats said nothing. Why? The rules are for you but not for me,” McCarthy said Wednesday from the floor.
.@GOPReader: “When [Rep. Hakeem Jeffries] tweeted a week ago, ‘Lock Kyle Rottenhouse and throw away the keys,’ in an attempt to shake up an ongoing trial, Democrats said nothing. Why? Rules for you but not for me. ” pic.twitter.com/O8N2EHEWRx
– Breaking911 (@ Breaking911) November 17, 2021
Although Jeffries made this comment inappropriate, he is not the first member of Congress to make unprofessional remarks during an ongoing trial. Democratic Representative Maxine Waters of California sets a precedent in time Derek Chavin trial for the death of George Floyd.
Waters spoke to protesters in Minneapolis before the verdict was delivered, telling them that if Chauvin is not guilty, they need to confront.
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“We have to be on the street, we have to be more active, we have to be more confrontational, we have to make sure they know that we mean business,” Waters said, according to Related press.
Judge Peter Cahill, who is presiding over Chauvin’s trial, called Waters out for the inappropriate comments and said it was “disrespectful to the rule of law and the judiciary,” the AP wrote.
McCarthy was also one of the congressmen who rebuked Waters at the time, saying she had incited violence.
Maxine Waters is inciting violence in Minneapolis – just as she has incited it in the past. If Speaker Pelosi does not act against this dangerous narrative, I will this week.
– Kevin McCarthy (@GOPReader) April 19, 2021
Jeffries’ comments should be viewed from the same perspective as Waters’ speech. Celebrities and legislators have made such public comments as wrong and disrespectful to the judicial process and the rule of law.
But besides the disrespect with which Jeffries is showing our justice system, he is also showing contempt for human life.
Don’t forget, Rittenhouse is only 18 years old, and the jury is in their hands with the fate of his life. Regardless of his guilt or lack of need, he does not deserve to be rid of the guilt of his existence. If there is no respect for the rule of law, then at least there must be respect for the human life this is affecting.
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