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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:
Seriously @FoxNews Nancy Grace….
“Teen vigilante guns down three, heads to jury“ ??????
Did you hire Joy Reid to type your stuff?
Turning the channel.
— Mz.KimPossible 🇺🇸 (@real_miss_kim) November 15, 2021
What's up with Fox News right now…Nancy Grace and panel discuss the Rittenhouse trial with the headline Teen Vigilante Guns Down Three 😡😡
— RosieInFL ✝️🇺🇸🎗️🌴 (@RosieInFL1) November 15, 2021
People like Nancy Grace and her panel should be ashamed of themselves for their slander and misinformation. it was just labeling this kid as a vigilante and attacking his character and ignoring the crucial evidence proving he acted in self defense.
— Rugerman45 (@markrugerman45) November 15, 2021
@FoxNews watching Nancy Grace segment describing Rittenhouse as a “teen vigilante guns down three”- REALLY? What actions did this kid do to deserve such an inflammatory subtitle? I guess the point is to present optional views being told but sheesh.
— jleHope (@HopeJle) November 15, 2021
@FoxNews TEEN VIGILANTE GUNS DOWN THREE?
VIGILANTE implies taking the law into his own hands, KR rightfully defended himself so not a vigilante. GUNS DOWN implies shooting without just cause, again self defense.
Nancy Grace's show tonight was garbage! pic.twitter.com/Lp2VPgZ85v
— Kevin ☘ (@IrishGuyKevin) November 15, 2021
Fox news pull that annoying b—- NANCY GRACE off your channel. She's calling rittenhouse a vigilante, witch is not right. All she is doing is trying to save her worthless carrier. She nothing but a POPETUAIL B—-.
— rollie (@RollieLeininge1) November 15, 2021
So irritating. They must have some left wing employees working the weekend shift.
— Mz.KimPossible 🇺🇸 (@real_miss_kim) November 15, 2021
Nancy Grace you can’t say what was in Rittenhouse mind. You are not a mind reader. Do you truly believe he went there to kill ppl. He is not Antifa or BLM He went there to help protect businesses from being destroyed!
— Sheena (@TX_Latina6969) November 15, 2021
Watching Nancy Grace tonight on Fox made me sick. She was feeding her panel questions trying to show Kyle Rittenhouse is guilty. At one point she asked a facial expert if those tears were true or not. The expert put her in her place. Come on Fox your getting to be MSNBC & CNN
— Steven Holden (@StevenH77373276) November 15, 2021
Years ago I watched Nancy Grace all the time. I considered subscribing to Fox Nation to see her reporting.. but after last night when she literally tried to convict Kyle Rittenhouse on TV, I am so glad I didn’t subscribe . I will never watch her again.
— Pat ❤️s AMERICA and TRUMP 🇺🇸 (@grammy620) November 15, 2021
One of the most disgusting things I've seen in some time is that Fox News had a special with Nancy Grace, to talk about Kyle Rittenhouse and it was like a CNN or MSNBC show instead.
In truth it was even worse than those networks & clearly she never watched any of the trial, too.
— Joe (@DarkWaterClone) November 15, 2021
watching Nancy grace on fox about Kyle Rittenhouse, this bitch hates that kid, also she just called his rifle a machine gun, you know what Nancy, if you can't control your hateful emotion and your bias don't do the show, if we want we can get that kind of crap on cnn or msnbc
— Ed O'Brien (@EdOBrie34036997) November 15, 2021
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