Kyle Rittenhouse’s Trial Reveals Government’s Plan To Unleash “Thought Crimes” In Our Courts
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More than a year has passed, but Kyle Rittenhouse still isn’t home free. The Illinois teenager is still in danger of spending the rest of his life in prison, if convicted on two homicide charges brought by the state of Wisconsin.

In a Friday court hearing, prosecutors revealed their strategy for putting Rittenhouse away forever: Tar him as a thought criminal.

Prosecutors in the Rittenhouse case asked the judge allow them to admit evidence of Rittenhouse’s meetings with members of the Proud Boys — including photos taken at a Mount Pleasant tavern showing him posing with members of the group, a right-wing organization that has been involved in violent protests and counter protests round the United States.

At the hearing, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said that the state has since learned that the men Rittenhouse met for lunch at the Pudgy’s tavern just off Highway 20 were leaders of the Proud Boys in Wisconsin. Binger said Rittenhouse also met in Miami with the national leaders of the Proud Boys. [Kenosha News]

The government’s strategy to destroy Kyle Rittenhouse’s life doesn’t just matter for his own case. It matters because these same strategies will be used to systematically strip the right to a fair trial from any American targeted by the ruling regime. 

A few core facts, to jog your memory: On August 23 of the Summer of Floyd, Kenosha police shot Jacob Blake as he resisted arrest and attempted to drive away with children the police believed he was kidnapping. Though Blake survived, Kenosha erupted into “fiery but mostly peaceful protests” that left the downtown scorched.

On the third night of the riots, Rittenhouse, who turned out to protect local businesses and clean up vandalism, shot and killed two people amid the carnage.

Eyewitness accounts and video footage are clear about what happened. One of the rioters, an unstable man named Joseph Rosenbaum, began pursuing Rittenhouse. As Rittenhouse fled, he heard shots fired behind him (by whom remains unclear). Rittenhouse turned around and saw Rosenbaum lunging toward him (and toward his gun). Rittenhouse shot and killed Rosenbaum.

Then, as Rittenhouse continued attempting to flee the scene, several more people attacked him. After tripping to the ground, Rittenhouse shot and killed Anthony Huber after Huber hit him with a skateboard and tried to grab his rifle. He wounded Gaige Grosskreutz after Grosskreutz lunged for him holding a handgun.

The video footage in both shootings is crystal clear. The three people Rittenhouse shot were all attacking him. Revolver News was one of the first media outlets to unequivocally argue that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. Eventually, other media outlets came around and even the New York Times conceded that Revolver’s analysis was in essence correct.

READ MORE: New York Times’ Reporting Confirms Revolver’s Analysis of the Kyle Rittenhouse Shootings: Open-and-Shut Case of Self-Defense

It is simply indefensible to criminally charge Rittenhouse in light of the actual facts of his case. But charged he was, with two counts of first degree murder (and a bevy of lesser charges).

So what was the government’s plan? Simple — use a relentless character assassination campaign to make the clear fact of Rittenhouse’s self-defense irrelevant.

The government revealed its strategy in detail on Friday, during a preliminary hearing on the evidence that will be allowed during the November trial. Law and Crime reporter Colin Kalmbacher  described the hearing at length on Twitter.

Phase 1 of the prosecution’s plan is to link Rittenhouse to the Proud Boys, and accuse him of racism for making the “okay” sign in a photo.

Kyle Rittenhouse meeting with Proud Boys members [Kenosha County DA]

“Most everyone there was there because of their beliefs, one way or the other, in regards to the shooting of Jacob Blake,” prosecutor Thomas Binger argued. “Chaos tourists like the defendant were drawn like a moth to the flame to our community. He was drawn to this incident because of his beliefs, which align with the Proud Boys. They take pride in using violence to achieve their means.”

Kenosha Assistant DA Thomas Binger.

That is the argument Wisconsin prosecutors wants to make against Rittenhouse. If Rittenhouse sympathizes with the Proud Boys, if he is politically opposed to wanton looting, then he doesn’t have the right to defend his community or himself. If he wants to defend innocent people and their property from a rampaging mob, he is a “chaos tourist.”

There is of course no evidence that Kyle Rittenhouse is a “white supremacist,” there is no evidence that he is aligned with the Proud Boys except that he spent time with them after the shooting made him a national villain, and there is no evidence that he “takes pride in using violence” to achieve political ends.

Mercifully, Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder saw through the prosecution’s smears. He barred the state from using the Proud Boys evidence come November.

“If this organization embraces the defendant after the fact because he’s lionized because of his behavior, that is not something that the jury can make anything out of that would be lawful,” Schroeder said.

But dubious Proud Boys connections aren’t Wisconsin’s only attempt to smear Rittenhouse. Prosecutors also want to introduce video from several weeks earlier, which captures Rittenhouse’s response to what he believed to be armed robbery.

To any sane person, Rittenhouse is just expressing the wish that the criminals who were casually pillaging and terrorizing cities and small businesses might be brought to justice. Tens of millions of Americans likely agree. Rittenhouse simply expressed this wish in a visceral way as a 17-year-old casually chatting in his car.

But in a filing last month, prosecutors spun this brief video clip in an absurd direction.

The defendant saw something, jumped to a conclusion based on exactly zero facts, and threatened to kill someone based on baseless assumption and wrongful interpretation. … The video also demonstrates that the defendant fervently sought to insert himself as an armed vigilante into situations that had nothing to do with him. [Fox 6]

Of course, Rittenhouse didn’t “threaten” to kill anybody. This is a malicious lie. But on Friday, the government took an even more deranged position. From Kalmbacher’s thread:

“In both situations, the defendant is taking the law into his own hands,” Binger says. “He’s making assumptions. He’s talking about taking the law into his own hands and shooting his AR-15.”

Binger passionately arguing the government’s case. Again audibly distressed about the court’s probable ruling here. Says Rittenhouse wanted to kill people because he thought they were shoplifting.

“Not even the police would be justified” killing people in such circumstances. Binger brings it back to the night of the killings. “He’s running around and trying to stop people from doing things because he thinks they’re illegal. Maybe they are, maybe they’re not. Eventually he gets into a confrontation with Mr. Rosenbaum.” Binger: “That’s not his job. He’s 17.”

… “They are identical,” the government says–saying the CVS desire to kill assumed lawbreakers was basically the same as the night he actually killed two people. “Running around in all this, taking all this responsibility which he had no lawful authority to do and making assumptions,” Binger says, “it’s exactly the same fact scenario” as the night at the CVS because it goes to “motive and intent” to “be a vigilante that night” and… …”to use deadly force that no one is authorized to use in those circumstances.”

Binger says Rittenhouse went “even beyond what the police” are allowed to do. “It shows he is the type of person who takes the law into his own hands.”

“Maybe it’s illegal, maybe it’s not.” That’s the government’s preferred take on the mass rioting that turned downtown Kenosha into a burnt-out shell. It was none of Kyle’s business. When police stand down and let a mob rampage, it’s every good citizen’s job to do the same thing. People who prefer to stop criminals lose the right to self-defense if they are attacked. At one point on Friday, Binger even vilified Rittenhouse simply for calling 911 when he thought he saw a crime.

“He doesn’t know what’s going on,” said Binger. “He doesn’t know what these people are doing. … He doesn’t talk to anybody. No one asks him to call 911. He thinks he sees a crime. His response, in part, is ‘Call 911.'”

The prosecution even hoped to introduce evidence that Rittenhouse’s gun was purchased with coronavirus stimulus funds. What could be the purpose of this? None, except to hope that it somehow tars Rittenhouse with jurors. Once again, Schroeder scuttled the attempt, though he postponed a final ruling until the actual trial.

Even in this very trial, the government isn’t just interested in taking down Rittenhouse. In a move that is so extreme it is almost diabolical, Wisconsin prosecutors are demanding the names of everyone who donated money to support Rittenhouse’s bail fund.

How is a list of people who donated to Rittenhouse after the shooting relevant to whether he was committing a crime during the shooting? It isn’t, of course. What is relevant is that, if disclosed at trial, this list of donors would inevitably be leaked and donors hounded from their jobs, as already happened to Virginia police officer William Kelley.

Once again, Judge Schroeder has (for now) blocked the attempt, but the threat isn’t eliminated. Schroeder suggested that the government subpoena Rittenhouse’s mother for a list of donors. If the prosecution goes forward with the subpoena, the Judge will issue a final determination.

The inept Kenosha prosecutors may be bungling their case, but they are still setting the strategic template that will be used for other criminal trials around the country. Prosecutors are ready and eager to argue that, in essence, thought criminals do not deserve the right to self-defense, and they do not deserve fair treatment under the law. The question, “Is the defendant guilty?” has been replaced with: Is the defendant a racist? Does the defendant have the wrong friends and supporters? Does the defendant hold the wrong views about crime and criminals? 

American patriots must not become complacent simply because, this time, a judge appears to be making the right decisions. Instead, it is essential to speculate what the result might be if this had happened just a few miles to the south, in Illinois, where the local judge might be vastly more hostile? What if this trial was taking place in California, or New York, or really any deep blue jurisdiction in any state of the country? Kyle Rittenhouse could easily be on his way to enduring the railroading of the century.

Eventually, somebody will experience that railroading. And when this happens, we can’t say that we weren’t warned.

In effect, Wisconsin’s case against Rittenhouse is both a reversal and an expansion of the now-widespread idea of “hate crimes.” Originally, the concept of a “hate crime” made relatively less severe crimes (such as assault or vandalism) into more severe ones, based solely on the supposed thoughts and beliefs of the perpetrator.

But now, the concept has expanded. Based solely on one’s alleged personal beliefs, actions that aren’t criminal at all now become the most severe crimes imaginable. The treatment of Kyle Rittenhouse portends a near-future in which those who don’t profess Regime-approved opinions effectively lose the right to self-defense entirely.

Patriots now face a future in which they’re not only treated as potential domestic terrorists by the Globalist American Empire’s national security apparatus, but they are demoted to second class citizen status in the fundamental sense that they cannot expect to enjoy equal protection under the law.

Yet instead of standing up for Kyle Rittenhouse, much of institutional conservatism prefers to forget about him. The National Rifle Association in particular has studiously avoided Rittenhouse’s case. It hasn’t fundraised for him, it hasn’t agitated on his behalf. This is a grievous mistake, just as it was a mistake for the NRA to ignore the McCloskeys, who ended up pleading guilty to minor charges for defending their own home from a braying mob.

What is the point of the Second Amendment if only the politically correct are able to use their firearms in self-defense?

If the Second Amendment only protects the right of overweight fifty-something men to stockpile AR-15s and playact Rambo in their basements, it means very little. For the Second Amendment to mean anything at all, it must protect the right to defend oneself, one’s property, and one’s community. In Wisconsin right now, prosecutors are trying to destroy that right. We ignore their attempt at our peril.

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Tindog
1 month ago

The Marxist State is creeping in on us day by day–and we are letting it. This abuse must stop now to stop it forever.

William Swiggart
1 month ago

Thank you for making the point that all “hate crimes” are thought crimes and, as such need to be ruled unconstitutional under the First Amendment.

Deguello
1 month ago

As a young gang-ho prosecutor, I was thought by older hardcore guys in the office that if you have a poor case, the best tactic is to ame your case on what the defendant is rather than what he has done. If the judge will let you get away with it or the defense invites it someway, I can assure you juries will eat it up with a spoon.

Steve
1 month ago

Someone has already been rail roaded because of their beliefs. The Fields kid from the Charlottesville protests. Complete travesty of justice.

edwould4
1 month ago

If the jury is allowed to hear and see the facts and video recordings, I seriously doubt they’ll be able to find for anything more serious than underage possession of a firearm. I do hope this turns out to be a key case in a national campaign to stop prosecutorial misconduct which has become epidemic. All of these prosecutors are lawyers. They know they have a legal duty to put their case on ethically. When they resort to unethical practices in an attempt to win their case by any means, they prove their unfitness for the positions they hold and should face the full force of the bar association and any criminal prosecutions that are warranted by any criminal acts. If they’re willing to destroy a child for legally defending himself, and I strongly suspect that is what they’re doing, there should be no mercy because every U.S. citizen is at risk of having their life destroyed by unethical prosecutions.

AP123
1 month ago

Now do James Fields. That’s the template, already established.

Boomer Chimichanga
1 month ago

Our “intent to use violent means to secure political outcomes” is total fictional BS. We respond to violence with violence. Our intent is not to start fights, but we WILL finish them, as blamtifa has discovered. Yeah, sometimes guys don’t get with the program…just like with every other group in the history of the world. A freakin Democrat shot up a ball game…does that mean the Democratic Party has an “intent to shoot up ball games to secure political outcomes”?

Michael Hill
1 month ago

This is being done as well by the plaintiffs’ attorneys in Sines v. Kessler, the Charlottesville Unite the Right rally case. They will bring in “experts” to testify about the dangers of “racism” and “anti-semitism.” The defendants, of whom I am one, are likely to be judged, at least in part, on what we believe as opposed to what we actually did. This, of course, is a dangerous step towards legal terrorism.

Leila Mansson
1 month ago

ects the ri

Leila Mansson
1 month ago

Amendment only

ScienceABC123
1 month ago

I believe the D.A. is trying to wear-down Rittenhouse and get him to plead to a lesser charge. A despicable action IMO.

Featherine
1 month ago

When libs say that they want “justice reform”, what they really mean that is they want to implement a corrupt system where they exonerate unrepentant violent criminals with huge rap sheets while doing everything they can to kill, impoverish, or imprison innocents.

It cannot be stressed enough. It’s not a matter of right vs left, it’s a matter of good vs evil. These people paid bail money to free CHILD RAPISTS AND MURDERERS during the BLM riots, yet they want dox everyone who tried to free an innocent kid who fought in self defense. These people want to murder babies for crying out loud!

https://dailycaller.com/2020/09/22/minnesota-freedom-fund-bail-charity-kamala-harris-domestic-abusers/
https://www.fox9.com/news/minnesota-nonprofit-with-35m-bails-out-those-accused-of-violent-crimes

Never forget that these evil subhumans want you broke and dead.

Twaine
1 month ago

Like the three attacking REAL perps, the ADA is a Jewish ‘socialist’, read communist, so expect the same results you’d get from a Luciferian/Satanist. Rittenhouse too looks like he could be Jewish which at “2% population” is rather odd. Is this Kosher Theater?

I’ll bet $1,000 that, [like our local DVC college Jewish ‘Ethics’ professor/ANTIFA terrorist who almost killed a PEACEFUL negotiator in Berkeley with his bike lock], the Jewish FELON in possession of a firearm, Gaige Grosskreutz, will get the usual Jewish, not “WHITE” privilege and WILL NOT be prosecuted. (The former was prosecuted, but walked with no time for attempted murder of a NEGOTIATOR.)

Or the Jewish ANTIFA whackjob that stabs someone in the heart in Cal and gets his charges reduced to ‘assault’; Masonry has a catch and release system for armed and violent Jewish ‘communist’ terrorists. (Plan on their dumping the prisons onto the population as in Russia and France during those Masonic ‘revolutions’. (Read COUPS)

Jewish felon privilege.jpg
Fully Operational Deathstar
1 month ago

Kyle Rittenhouse did nothing wrong

Half Cack
1 month ago

I don’t want to wreck any one’s dream. I’m classified. I wrote thousands of scenarios a day for 64 years. It’s way, way too late. Even if there is another election, what difference will it make. We will have to get use to genocide. Targeted tango genocide.

Half Cack
1 month ago

Out of the book Add On’s, Rule #1 is Don’t get caught.

Mac Baron
1 month ago

It is against the constitution of the Illegal Republic to Resist a Riot.

Resisting a woke riot is a criminal and racist act.

Not being killed by a leftist militia during a socialist purge is immoral.

Not welcoming your own white genocide is white supremacy and is manifestly everything wrong with the former USA.

Chris Houston
1 month ago

Antifa——–J3ws

JBrickley
1 month ago

Was Kyle a stupid kid? Ubetcha! He talked his friend into straw buying that AR-15 as Kyle wasn’t old enough to buy the firearm himself. Kyle left the safety of his group collective, picked up a fire extinguisher, ran across the street and put out a dumpster fire the Antifa crowd had just ignited. That’s what triggered the Antifa thugs to chase him down. Kyle’s group had been tangling with these punks all day. Kyle foolishly left the safety of the group and made himself a target for the predators.

At the same time, Kyle showed remarkable prowess while under duress. He defended himself despite terrifying odds. Most police involved in shootouts do not perform as well as Kyle did. Granted it wasn’t the same as say a US Marine in full combat. But it was remarkable for a teenager or any normal civilian.

Kyle didn’t go there with the intention of harming anyone. Kyle wasn’t looking for a fight, he was just trying to stop the chaotic mob from destroying his friends family businesses. In fact, he was spotted throughout the day offering first aid services to anyone who needed it including Antifa members or sympathizers. Earlier in the day he was helping to clean up graffiti left by the protestors on the high school.

Gute
1 month ago

“Use of violence to achieve political outcomes”. Like ANTIFA and the other shitheads rioting and burning down cities. The world is so upside down right now.

Mr. Natural
1 month ago

Considering the known association between Proud Boys and the Feds, it is not a stretch to think there may have been another set-up by the Feds.

C4TPatriot
1 month ago

Kyle killed two scumbags who were attacking him and shot another that tried to attack. He was within his Rights to protect himself. Every BLM/Antifa sewer maggot should be shot dead for the good of the nation. They contribute nothing but Hate and Chaos and the two dead were certainly no loss to our Nation or Society at all. Demoncrats are our most evil, vile, and treasonous Domestic Enemy Group in the USA and they make up the Satanic Temple sickness!

Henry
1 month ago

“just as it was a mistake for the NRA to ignore the McCloskeys”

For the last 18 months or so, the NRA has had little spare attention span to accomplish ANYTHING other than to try to get their corrupt leadership off the hook in the NY courts, as their consultants and suppliers simultaneously turned on them en masse. Get used to a lot more of the same once Letitia Baby razes them to the ground, because they’re not going to be able to plead their way out of this one.

Delcimore
1 month ago

By ignoring this case, the NRA reveals itself as nothing more than a lobbying organization for the firearms industry.
They are not a friend of the Second Amendment.
They basically exploit it for their clients’ benefit.

Zeke
1 month ago

Nice how in the narrative you completely left out WHY the men were chasing Kyle. That is a MAJOR reason for the confrontation. Without that you don’t have the full story.

People had lite a garbage dumpster on fire. Rolling it towards a gas station. There is video footage of Kyle running to it with a fire extinguisher to put it out. The men didn’t like that they weren’t allowed to say the station on fire. So they were chasing Kyle.

That is a VERY important part of the story.

Tom
1 month ago

It is very nice of Schroeder to offer tactical advice to the prosecution. No bias in that court.

John E McClain
29 days ago

I was an NRA member in 68, as I began Boy Scout rifle merit badge, my second year as a scout. I remained with the organization two decades or so, and quit because they utterly failed to hold any firm stance on anything. I joined other groups, but each has failed to ever show in court. I am now of the opinion, many supposedly “conservative groups”, these among them, are for show, to lead us off focus, and to take our money, letting us think we cohort with others, while simply milking us for cash and enjoying their own lives.
I am a retired Marine, I will defend the Constitution with my last drop of blood, there is no organization beyond God and the Church, which I can stand with, and trust. So be it, I’ve looked for this coming, most of my life.
May God have mercy on their souls.
Semper Fidelis

Mark Belk
29 days ago

Hell yeah I donated to Kyle’s defense fund, several times and I will donate more as needed!
As far as the NRA is concerned, to hell with them, LaPierre, and the whole rights compromising board of directors.
I am a life member of GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA, the no compromise gun rights organization.
Even more importantly I am a member of the largest and most powerful gun rights group, the people’s militia as the Founding Fathers intended!

Mark Belk
29 days ago

Why can’t we upvote comments?

Rob G
29 days ago

Should’ve had his face covered and not stuck around after shooting the Antifa fool. We have to start realizing we are living in an occupied country. The enemy has taken over

Wadiv
29 days ago

Thomas Binger your name will be remembered in shame and disgrace.

Kevin
29 days ago

I am a Kenoshan, and have served on a jury in Judge Schroeder’s courtroom. Jurists don’t come any better than he. Kyle Rittenhouse will get a fair trial in Schroeder’s court, of this I am certain.

Bill Miller
29 days ago

The NRA does not take on individual cases. The NRA is not a law firm. The NRA educates the public on issues related to gun safety and the general importance of the Second Amendment to a free society. The NRA-ILA lobbies in connection with proposed legislation.

InnerCynic
29 days ago

Gaige had his arm partially blown off, the one where his hand gripping the gun could no longer let go. So there he was, gun permanently frozen in his non-grip grip, and later claims he wished he’d shot the kid. Really? What an admission by such a “peaceful” amputee.

letmepicyou
29 days ago

The whole point of this dog and pony show is to scare real patriots away from KILLING COMMIES.

Screw their kangaroo courts.
GO KILL SOME COMMIES IF YOU WANT TO BE FREE!

John C
29 days ago

This DA appears to be a criminal who is out of control and violating the law and the constitution. He should be removed.

Julia56
29 days ago

hello

John Higgins
29 days ago

If the State of Wisconsin loses the case, will the feds step in and prosecute on federal charges to get the outcome they want?

Stephen Triesch
28 days ago

They are using the same guilt-by-association and thought crime strategy against many of the January 6th defendants. And Binger seems clueless about the fact that BLM and Antifa have been engaged in politically-motivated violence nationwide, including his own city, and he seems to have a completely different attitude towards them, an attitude bordering on sympathy and making excuses for them. I wonder how many of them his office let off with a slap on the wrist? How many had the charges dropped entirely?

CrazyHungarian
28 days ago

Generally speaking, the words ethical and prosecutor don’t seem to go together.

Fred Stevens
24 days ago

Dox Binger.

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