Fox News shocks, angers with Rittenhouse chyron as Nancy Grace rips him to shreds

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Fox Nation host Nancy Grace set social media on fire and enraged conservative viewers Sunday during a special on the Kyle Rittenhouse trial for calling him a “vigilante” the day before closing arguments commence.

The special claimed it “took a deep dive into the Kyle Rittenhouse case.” Viewers were shocked and infuriated to see a Fox chyron during the show that said, “TEEN VIGILANTE GUNS DOWN THREE, HEADS TO JURY.”

“Will his claim of self-defense sway the jury?” Grace asked a panel of experts during the special. She even wondered, at one point, whether Rittenhouse’s tears were real or not.

Rittenhouse is facing two charges of homicide in the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber with his AR-15 during the Kenosha riots in 2020 following the officer-involved shooting of Jacob Blake which paralyzed him from the waist down. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and wounded a third assailant named Gaige Grosskreutz. He has also been charged for possessing a weapon as a minor and with multiple counts of reckless endangerment. He contends it was self-defense and the trial has been progressing heavily in his favor throughout the proceedings.

“The weapon has been identified as a Smith & Wesson M&P 15,” Spencer Coursen, a threat management expert on Grace’s panel, stated. He also pointed out that it was semi-automatic and had a 30-round magazine.

Stoking even more viewer anger, a picture appeared onscreen of the gun and Grace quipped that it would be a “cold day” before her son would hold that type of weapon “at night, 25 miles away from home. How did that happen? Why is he out … away from home, with that?”

“We sometimes believe ourselves to be smarter than we are,” Coursen coldly remarked in response to the Fox Nation host.

From the beginning, the prosecution has tried to paint Rittenhouse as a vigilante who went to the riots looking for trouble and had a gun because he intended to use it on rioters. Rittenhouse steadfastly claims he never intended to use the gun, it was for protection. He has stated over and over that he fired the weapon eight times in self-defense.

Troy Slaten, a criminal defense attorney who appeared on the panel of the Fox Nation segment, stated that the prosecution was desperate and would try to put forth any charges they could at this point. “They’ll take anything,” he asserted. “They’ll take any kind of conviction.”

Grace doubled down in her attacks on Rittenhouse and many on social media claimed they just turned the channel because of it. She asked if two narratives could both be true in the case, that “a teen vigilante was out with a high-powered weapon looking for trouble, loaded for bear – and shoot in self-defense?”

On Monday, the defense and prosecution will begin their closing arguments. Each will be allotted two and a half hours to persuade the jury concerning the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse. Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has called out 500 National Guard troops in the expectation that Rittenhouse will be found not guilty and more riots will ensue.

Viewers sounded off big time in response to the Grace special:

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