Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) and other liberal leftists are outraged that Kyle Rittenhouse was released on $2 million bail, which AOC called an example of white supremacy in the justice system.
Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Saturday: “Does anyone believe Rittenhouse would be released if he were Muslim & did the same thing in a diff context?”
AOC added that Rittenhouse’s expensive release is proof of “systematic racism,” according to the congresswoman.
“For people who say ‘systemic racism doesn’t exist,’ this is what it looks like: protection of white supremacy baked deep into our carceral systems,”
Does anyone believe Rittenhouse would be released if he were Muslim & did the same thing in a diff context? For people who say “systemic racism doesn’t exist,” this is what it looks like: protection of white supremacy baked deep into our carceral systems.
Law and disorder.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 21, 2020
Ocasio-Cortez is far from the only outspoken liberal to use Rittenhouse’s release to push arguments about racism in the US’ justice system.
Kalief Browder killed himself after he was released, a result of the immense trauma and pain he endured in prison. Meanwhile, Kyle Rittenhouse a murderer is made into a hero. White Supremacy is the sickness of America. https://t.co/uLkrPd9D88
— Wajahat "Wears a Mask Because of a Pandemic" Ali (@WajahatAli) November 21, 2020
New York Times writer Wajahat Ali deemed Rittenhouse a “murderer made into a hero” following his release.
“White supremacy is the sickness of America,” he added.
Imagine if Kyle Rittenhouse was a Muslim… https://t.co/C8rB4g4XTE
— Mehdi Hasan (@mehdirhasan) November 21, 2020
AOC, Liberals Once Again Put ‘Feelings’ Ahead of ‘Facts’
Rittenhouse will appear back in court in December and maintains that he acted in self-defense, and there is video proof to back up his stance.
“I feel I had to protect myself,” he told The Washington Post about the shooting. “I would have died that night if I didn’t.”
Rittenhouse said he was carrying a gun for protection on the night of the shootings, but intended only to provide medical care for those who got injured during the demonstrations, as well as to protect businesses from looting and vandalism.