Maria Shriver did not think before asking question after Rittenhouse verdict; Ted Kennedy soon trends

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NBC News anchor Maria Shriver, the niece of Ted Kennedy and former wife of Arnold Schwarzenegger, is facing backlash for tweets she posted Friday evening about Kyle Rittenhouse’s acquittal.

“I’m trying to take a beat to digest the Rittenhouse verdict. My son just asked me how it’s possible that he didn’t get charged for anything. How is that possible? I don’t have an answer for him,” she wrote.

“The idea that someone could be out with a semi-automatic weapon, kill people, and walk is stunning. I look forward to hearing from the jury. This is a moment for them to explain how they came to their decision.”

View her tweets below:

It’s presumed with a great deal of confidence that “they came to their decision” by closely reviewing all the evidence showing that Rittenhouse had opened fire during the Kenosha riots on Aug. 25th, 2000, to protect himself from three extremists who’d been chasing after him, reportedly with the intent to kill.

It’s also presumed that neither Shriver nor her son watched the trial or reviewed any of the evidence — and that their perception of the case is based entirely on the false narratives that were broadcast by the establishment press.

Shriver’s tweets provoked massive backlash, but not just because of her clear-cut ignorance of the facts surrounding the case. Critics also took aim at her own family, which they claimed contains its own actual murderer.


Shriver’s uncle is deceased former Massachusetts Sen. Ted Kennedy. In 1969, he became involved in the death of a woman, Mary Jo Kopechne.

On July 19th of that year, he left a party at a cottage in Chappaquiddick with Kopechne as his passenger. He claimed they’d been headed to a ferry landing for Edgartown but that he’d made a wrong turn by accident and wound up on a dirt road that crossed over a one-lane bridge.

He further claimed that the car skidded off the bridge, that he escaped the vehicle and that he was unable to rescue Kopechne, who died from being trapped within the vehicle.

The problem is that, unlike with the Rittenhouse case, the facts pertaining to this incident don’t align with Kennedy’s claims.

A judicial inquest conducted in 1970 found that “Kennedy [had] lied as a witness testifying under oath,” as reported at the time by the editors of National Review magazine.

“Kennedy claimed that, in attempting to take Mary Jo to the ferry, he turned off by mistake onto the dirt road that leads to the Dike Bridge. As the testimony at the inquest makes clear, however, Kennedy had crossed the Dike Bridge twice that day and had traveled the ferry road three times. The ferry road was a main road, and paved; the bridge road was a dirt track,” the editors wrote.

These stunning finds prompted Justice James Boyle into concluding, in his own words, “that Kennedy and Kopechne did not intend to return to Edgartown at that time; that Kennedy did not intend to drive to the ferry slip and his turn onto Dike Road was intentional.”

But there’s more.

According to the History channel, “Kopechne left her purse and hotel room key behind at the cottage,” which raises doubts about her wanting to go to Edgartown.

Despite all this evidence, Kennedy was only ever charged with leaving the scene of an accident. And so for Shriver or anyone else in her family to complain about an alleged lack of justice just isn’t sitting well with many …


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