I’m not ok with what Kyle Rittenhouse did. I find his decisions and motives to be indefensible and his words to be disingenuous. I think his actions will prove to be a dangerous precedent that will encourage copycat nut-jobs and hasten our national descent into insanity. I don’t like Kyle Rittenhouse and I do not understand his supporters. (Well, maybe I do.)
Kyle Rittenhouse is in no way innocent. But under the law, a jury of his peers found him not guilty.
So I support the verdict. Perhaps better put, I accept the verdict. I’m an American and I support our jury system. As an American, I am duty-bound to accept the verdict.
I do not in any way think that Kyle Rittenhouse is a hero or a freedom fighter. I think he’s a punk. And a liar. And a phony. And a coward.
I suspect that some or even many of the jurors share my view. But they did their job under the law, and by all accounts they did it with dignity, diligence and respect for both our system and for each other.
They weren’t charged with determining whether Kyle Rittenhouse is a punk. They were not asked to approve everything or even anything he did. They were asked to apply the facts and the law as they pertained to specific charges and statutes.
We have a system. That system includes the presumption of innocence and the standard of “beyond reasonable doubt” to convict.
The jury worked through the process, and didn’t skip a step. They did their job as American citizens and I respect them for that and thank them for that.