Fox News’ Juan Williams, whose takes have become increasingly unhinged now that his former “The Five” co-host Jesse Watters is unable to steer him toward moderation, argued late Friday that Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, would have been treated differently were he black.
“If this had been a black teenager who had done this, wow, I think the laws might have treated him a little differently,” he said during an appearance on Fox News’ “Special Report.”
He offered no evidence to substantiate this claim, likely because the evidence that does exist contradicts the claim.
On the same day that Rittenhouse was acquitted, a black man who’d been “accused of firing at Indian River County Sheriff’s Deputies during an early morning drug raid at his home back in 2017” was acquitted, as reported by Florida station WPBF.
“His girlfriend, Alteria Woods was caught in the crossfire, shot 10 times and later died. Coffee was charged with the murder of Woods after a grand jury exonerated two law enforcement officers for her death,” according to the station.
People saying Rittenhouse would be found guilty if he were black ought to read about the Coffee verdict, which, as it happens, also came down today.
Coffee FIRED ON DEPUTIES during a raid, made a self defense case, and won. https://t.co/3GvMqOzc51
— Geoffrey Ingersoll (@GPIngersoll) November 19, 2021
Last month in Chicago, a group of gang bangers, all of them black, were let off the hook for a deadly shootout that left one dead. According to a police report reviewed by the Chicago Sun-Times, the reason why was because the district attorney’s office had decided that the fatal shooting occurred during so-called “mutual combat.”
“‘Mutual combatants was cited as the reason for the rejection.’ Mutual combat is a legal term used to define a fight or struggle that two parties willingly engage in.”
Excuse me? https://t.co/g2SXXFEsMs
— Guy Benson (@guypbenson) October 6, 2021
In Rittenhouse’s case, there were neither any drugs nor “mutual combat.” As his trial and acquittal demonstrated, he’d opened fire on three extremists, two of whom died from their wounds, in clear-cut self-defense.
Williams’ remark about race was not all that he got wrong. In speaking earlier about Rittenhouse’s acquittal, he completely botched other facts about the case.
“I think there are lots of people who are concerned that someone crossing into another state with a weapon, you know, really a vicious weapon, is now under the law allowed to engage in what looked like vigilantism,” he said.
Rittenhouse did not cross state lines with a weapon, as noted by conservative radio show host Dana Loesch in the tweet below that was directed at Democrat Rep. Jerry Nadler, who’s been telling the same sorts of lies as Williams.
Moreover, the 18-year-old has deep familial roots in Kenosha:
The Chairman of the Judiciary Cmte just lied by calling Rittenhouse an “armed person crossing state lines.” His gun was never in Illinois. His dad lives in, and Rittenhouse works in, Kenosha, 20 min away from his mom’s house in Antioch. This is an irresponsible ploy to incite. https://t.co/w4NUuHgxQn
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) November 19, 2021
Apparently unconcerned about the facts, Williams continued his fact-free rant.
“And you think about conceal, right to carry laws. You think about stand your ground laws, the whole notion of self-defense when you are dealing with someone who’s armed is now — we’ve gone away from the idea of you are responsible when possible to step back if you’re armed. Now, with these new laws, you know, if you shoot, I mean, then you can say that you felt threatened,” he added.
Everything he said there was either a gross exaggeration or an outright lie. Video evidence from the Aug. 25th, 2020 shooting plainly shows that the three men whom Rittenhouse shot had been chasing after him, reportedly with the intent to kill.
Williams’ inability to be honest about the facts provoked an uproar on social media, with even former Fox News host Bill O’Reilly — whose show Williams used to appear on back in the day — crying foul in shock:
Another outrageous statement. Juan Williams says if Rittenhouse was black, he would have been convicted. That implies the jury is racist. Williams, of course, does not know the jury. Beyond awful.
— Bill O’Reilly (@BillOReilly) November 19, 2021
— Matthew Betley 🇺🇸 (@MatthewBetley) November 19, 2021
Juan Williams on Fox News says Rittenhouse traveled “into another state with a weapon – a vicious weapon.” Honest to God, how is someone so hopelessly ill informed on the top cable news channel on such a big night?
— Gerry Callahan (@GerryCallahan) November 20, 2021
Everything Juan says is beyond awful. He lives in a parallel universe. I never watch any show that he appears on. My blood pressure goes bonkers if I listen beyond the first two words. @TheJuanWilliams
— Rochelle (@ispeakout8) November 20, 2021
@TheJuanWilliams is a sad story. Even CNN acknowledged Kyle did NOT cross state lines with firearm. And any honest trial observer knows jury made right call. Juan mixes lies with race baiting. He should be nurturing black youth rather than spewing his own racist lies and hate.
— California Logic (@BigZ85) November 20, 2021
@TheJuanWilliams You just LIED on air. Kyle is NOT across state lines with a weapon nor was that weapon in any way illegal. Why do you get away with such bullshit?
— EWTTS (@MelSapp) November 20, 2021
While Williams’ takes have regularly been questionable, they’ve reached new levels of illogical and non-factual ever since he resigned from his post at “The Five,” where he’d at least had the benefit of Watters keeping him in check.
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