Stephen Colbert referred to as out those that had been fast to have fun the not responsible verdict within the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, particularly Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.).
Rittenhouse final week was acquitted of all fees within the capturing deaths of two males, and accidents to a 3rd, throughout the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin final yr.
He was 17 on the time, and had traveled throughout state strains to Kenosha with an AR-style rifle and a medical package.
“I’m not a authorized professional, so I can’t inform you whether or not or not Kyle Rittenhouse broke the regulation,” the “Late Present” host stated. “However I can inform you this: If he didn’t break the regulation, we must always change the regulation.”
Colbert’s viewers applauded.
“So Rittenhouse was discovered not responsible,” Colbert stated, emphasizing the “not responsible” with air quotes. “However solely a whole moron would have fun this clear tragedy by making this man a hero.”
The led him to Gaetz, who excitedly tweeted an all-caps “NOT GUILTY!!!!!!!” in response.
“After all, Gaetz has a vested curiosity in juries discovering individuals not responsible,” Colbert stated. “Particularly when it includes a 17-year-old crossing state strains.”
Gaetz is reportedly below investigation in a federal intercourse trafficking probe trying into whether or not he and others paid for intercourse at drug-fueled events involving a 17-year-old lady, together with presumably paying for her to journey with him throughout state strains, which might violate federal regulation.
That very same probe led to the arrest and eventual plea deal of his reported wingman, Joel Greenberg, a former Seminole County, Florida, tax collector who’s now cooperating with the investigation.
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