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Mississippi officials, media react to Rittenhouse acquittal

By: Frank Corder - November 22, 2021

(Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool - Nov. 19, 2021)

Opinions on verdict clearly split down left, right ideological lines. 

On Friday, a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges in the 2020 incident where the teen was attacked on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin and subsequently resorted to self-defense which resulted in the shooting death of two men and an injury to another.

The reaction to the verdict has run the gamut across the country, including here in Mississippi. Below are some of the reactions from Mississippi leaders followed by a few social media posts from those in the mainstream media in the Magnolia State:

Congressman Steven Palazzo (R-MS 4)

Palazzo wrote that self-defense is a God-given and constitutional right, “NOT a concession delivered by the whims of the media.”

Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS 2)

Thompson shared the TIME tweet and posted, “No Justice!”

State Sen. Chris McDaniel

McDaniel said we “saw justice” in the verdict.

“As imperfect as he may be, Rittenhouse was more of a hero than the hoodlums who attacked him. He was more of a hero than the rioters who were hellbent on violence, theft, and the destruction of property. He was more of a hero than race-baiters who use every incident to divide our nation along racial lines,” McDaniel wrote.

Mississippi Democratic Party

The Mississippi Democrat Party shared a tweet from DNC Chairman Jaime Harrison that said, “Justice is not always just,” and saying, “There is certainly pain in today’s verdict…”

State Rep. Dana Criswell (R)

Criswell said, “If you don’t understand that government is your enemy you haven’t been watching the Rittenhouse trial.”

State Rep. Steve Hopkins

Hopkins posted – “And just like that 12 people reaffirmed our faith in the justice system.”

The mainstream media in Mississippi also offered their reactions to the verdict. Here are a few examples:

Adam Ganucheau, Mississippi Today

Ganucheau retweeted Eddie Glaude Jr.’s tweet that said, “This country is broken.”

Marlon Walker, Clarion Ledger

Walker shared an Amber Ruffin tweet where she talks about the judicial system being stacked against black Americans, calling the judge racist and using expletives against the jury.

Donna Ladd, Mississippi Free Press

Ladd retweeted NAACP’s Derrick Johnson’s comment on the verdict that said the Rittenhouse trial was a reminder of the “treacherous role that white supremacy and privilege play within out justice system.” Ladd added, “Yes, it is.”

Ashton Pittman, Mississippi Free Press

Pittman posted, “White supremacy is an abomination.”

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Frank Corder

Frank Corder is a native of Pascagoula. For nearly two decades, he has reported and offered analysis on government, public policy, business and matters of faith. Frank’s interviews, articles, and columns have been shared throughout Mississippi as well as in national publications such as the Daily Caller. He is a frequent guest on radio and television, providing insight and commentary on the inner workings of the Magnolia State. Frank has served his community in both elected and appointed public office, hosted his own local radio and television programs, and managed private businesses all while being an engaged husband and father.