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Saturday Night Live’s cold open began with a reprisal of Fox News’ Judge Jeanine Pirro by Cecily Strong in which she and other members of the cast lampooned and mocked several aspects of Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial.
“Our top story, Kyle Rittenhouse, was acquitted of all charges,” Pirro said as the segment began. “That lovable scamp was put through a nightmare of a trial just for doing the bravest thing any American can do — protecting an empty used car lot in someone else’s town.”
The skit came a day after a jury in Kenosha, Wis., found Rittenhouse not guilty on five combined counts of murder and reckless endangerment in the shooting deaths of two men and the wounding of a third on the night of Aug. 25, 2020, amid riots and violence in the city. Rittenhouse’s defense argued that he fired in self-defense after being set upon by several people.
Pirro then brought in an actor playing Judge Bruce Schroeder, who was alternately praised and criticized for his handling of the trial.
“Now, if I may say, judge to judge, what turned me on the most was how you ruled that courtroom with an iron fist,” Strong’s Pirro said. “Tell us how you did it.”
“Well, it was all standard procedure,” Schroeder responded. “That’s why I ordered that the prosecution not use the word ‘victims.’ They were rioters, and they weren’t shot, they were gadoinked. But that did not give my client an unfair advantage in any way.”
“Now, you said ‘my client,’ do you mean the defendant?” the faux Pirro asked.
“Oh, yes. Sure,” he replied. “I keep doing that.”
The Pirro impersonator then brought in a pair of “liberal” guests to respond to the verdict, advancing the corporate media’s narrative that Rittenhouse being white was a factor, before moving on to other headlines of the week including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy’s marathon eight-hour floor speech to delay the vote on the “Build Back Better” legislation and President Joe Biden’s colonoscopy. The close of the cold open featured a lengthy, rambling interview with ‘President Donald Trump’, which was played by James Austin Johnson.
Several liberal news and media outlets responded negatively to Rittenhouse’s acquittal, but so, too, did Biden, who was slammed by Fox News host Jesse Watters; after initially issuing a tempered response to the ruling on Friday, Biden later shifted gears and later stated he was “angry” and “confused” by the ruling.
“The jury system works and we have to abide by it,” Biden first said in speaking to reporters, adding that he “stand[s] by what the jury has concluded.”
But later, Biden put out a statement that was harsher.
“While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken. I ran on a promise to bring Americans together, because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what divides us,” he said.
“I know that we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with fairness and dignity, under the law,” Biden declared.
“I think he should have stopped at that because that was the correct answer — and then his puppet masters get ahold of him and say, ‘Joe, your base is going to freak out if we don’t condemn this verdict,’” Watters noted on Friday’s “The Five” program hours after the verdict.
“So, they put out this dopey statement where he’s angry all of a sudden,” he continued, adding: “Then he admits – then he said he hadn’t even followed the trial… Last year he said [Rittenhouse] is a white supremacist. He had never even watched the video of the shooting.”
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