Judge’s phone rings during Rittenhouse trial, critics are triggered by ringtone

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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.”


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.


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:

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:

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.


(Source: Twitter)

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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