With Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial trending more and more towards either an acquittal or mistrial, the left is now seizing on any opportunity to impugn the character and judicial bona fides of 38-year court veteran Judge Bruce E. Schroeder.
As the partisans at Vanity Fair magazine have put it, Schroeder “is the actual worst.” Why? Because he follows the letter of the law to a T instead of issuing clearly partisan rulings motivated by politics — namely left-wing politics.
“He’s a stickler. But he does what a judge is supposed to do,” a 31-year-old man who once had a juvenile case in front of the judge bluntly told The Washington Post.
But this has made him a target of the left, including the Post, which chose to stuff the quote above near the bottom of a profile ominously titled, “As Kyle Rittenhouse trial nears end, judge’s decisions from the bench come under scrutiny.”
So has Schroeder’s patriotism. During the seventh day of the trial on Wednesday, the judge’s phone began to ring. And it just so happened that his chosen ringtone was the country music singer Lee Greenwood’s classic song “Proud To Be An American.”
Judge’s phone in Rittenhouse trial goes off, ringtone is Lee Greenwood’s “Proud to Be an American.”
— Breaking911 (@Breaking911) November 10, 2021
Also known as “God Bless The USA,” the beloved song — one that was essentially remixed by Beyonce in 2011 to raise money for the families of Sept. 11th victims — triggered outrage and accusations of bias from the left.
They claimed that former President Donald Trump’s decision to use the song as campaign music in 2016 and 2020 proves that Schroeder’s decision-making can’t be trusted. In fact, some even suggested Trump is directly influencing the trial.
Sooo….at this point are we still pretending that this is a free and fair trial?
— Pascal mwikya (@Pascalmwikya) November 11, 2021
— Gimmethewheelorthereel (@bewitchedfish) November 10, 2021
#RittenhouseTrial Judge Bruce Schroeder: You’re bias is showing. Seeping through the black robe you are sworn to honorably serve!
— Wanda Ramos de G. (@Wanda_Ramos_DeG) November 10, 2021
Almost expected him to take a call from Trump to give him more instructions
— Richard Wright (@RickWritesNow) November 10, 2021
The ring tone on the judge’s phone says it ALL for me…trump’s campaign theme song, Lee Greenwood’s God Bless The USA…funny how things r exposed..m
— Resist Stupidity (@Cecehawk) November 11, 2021
After hearing the ringtone on the judge’s phone, Lee Greenwood’s God Bless America (always played at Trump’s rally’s), I am convinced that he’s being influenced by Trump to throw this trial. Trump is known for doing this kind of corrupt activity so it wouldn’t be far fetched.
— Time Is Love 💗 (@RogueHumingbird) November 11, 2021
Partisans have also complained about the judge refusing to allow the prosecution to refer to the extremists who were shot by Rittenhouse as “victims.”
“[T]he judge’s rulings have alarmed the small group of racial justice advocates who have gathered outside the courthouse during the trial. Primarily they cite Schroeder’s ban on the word ‘victims’ as the cause of their concern,” the Post complained.
The judge made this decision because the young man’s case centers on self-defense. And if the defense ultimately pans out, that would make the so-called “victims” the perpetrators. To prematurely call them victims would therefore bias the trial against Rittenhouse. It’s common legal sense but this, too, is apparently a problem:
It’s completely insane that a judge would refuse to allow people who were murdered to be called victims.
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) November 11, 2021
And yes… the men MURDERED by Kyle Rittenhouse were in fact VICTIMS despite what this whack ass judge said. One was unarmed.
— Claudia Jordan (@claudiajordan) November 10, 2021
The judge actually declared that prosecutors can’t refer to those who were killed by Rittenhouse as “victims”. WTF!?
This #KyleRittenhouseTrial is a DISGRACE!
— Joseph Sakran (@JosephSakran) November 10, 2021
As you watch the #Rittenhouse trial remember this judge refused to allow to call those shot and killed by Kyle Rittenhouse “victims”.
— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) November 10, 2021
So the Rittenhouse judge disallowed the word “victims”; if a higher court doesn’t step in now, somehow, this sets precedent for every other case there is. This isn’t political, L v. R, etc; think if this were a child abuse case: everyone would call for this judge’s dismissal.
— Michael B Puskar, Social Justice Activist (@mbpuskar) November 1, 2021
Notice their use of the word “murdered.” This strongly suggests that they haven’t watched the trial, because the evidence that’s emerged thus far has all pointed to Rittenhouse having acted in self-defense to prevent himself from being murdered.
In fact, following the shootings, the one extremist who survived — Gaige Grosskreutz — reportedly told friends that he wished he’d killed the young man:
GRAPHIC: A friend of the man who rushed at the #Kenosha teen with a pistol and was shot in the arm has posted an update about his status. Doctors were able to save Gaige Grosskreutz’s right arm. The friend says Gaige regrets not being able to kill the teen. pic.twitter.com/2gJmnnroTF
— Andy Ngô 🏳️🌈 (@MrAndyNgo) August 27, 2020
But none of this seems to matter.
One Twitter user suspects he knows why.
“It becomes very clear that the people who want to see Rittenhouse fry do not care what happened that night, just like they didn’t care what happened in the Covington Catholic incident. They want to see people they hate suffer. Period,” the user noted in a tweet later retweeted by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Glenn Greenwald.
Indeed, to this day, some partisans still say the Covington Catholic High School boys were the ones in the wrong, never mind the evidence showing otherwise …
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