Kyle Rittenhouse’s crocodile tears broke the internet Wednesday.
In a nauseatingly melodramatic performance he choked back snot as he appeared to sob about how he feared for his life the day he shot and killed two people at a Black Lives Matter demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Defense attorney Mark Richards tried to paint Rittenhouse as a misunderstood honorable, patriotic Boy Scout who simply liked to shoot guns.
Rittenhouse is anything but.
“I’m sorry, I don’t know much about ammo,” Rittenhouse said, though he brought an AR-15 rifle and shot and killed two people. During Wednesday’s testimony, Rittenhouse acknowledged he had not only lent body armor to a friend, but also regularly drove around with body armor in the trunk of his vehicle.
In a dramatic turn, Prosecutor Thomas Binger was scolded by Judge Bruce Schroeder after trying to impeach Rittenhouse’s contradictory testimony about what led to the events on the day of the killings.
Regardless of how Rittenhouse tries to twist his story – or twist his sad face into tears – his innocent kid act shouldn’t fool anyone. The facts speak for themselves.
On Aug. 25, 2020, Rittenhouse drove from his home state of Illinois to a Black Lives Matter protest in Wisconsin. Hundreds of people had taken to the streets to protest the police shooting of a 29-year old Black man, Jacob Blake, who was paralyzed from the waist down. Rittenhouse, then 17, fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.
This case has caught the world’s attention, and rightfully so. The fact that Rittenhouse shot and killed two people and lived to see trial is a testament to the racial violence and inequality that people in Kenosha were protesting the day this emboldened vigilante decided to come and play with real people’s lives.
Rittenhouse faces homicide and reckless endangerment charges and has pleaded not guilty, saying he acted in self defense. He could get life in prison if convicted, and that’s what he deserves. His crocodile tears are fooling no one.
Carli Pierson is an attorney and a USA TODAY Opinion writer. Follow her on Twitter: @CarliPierson
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