‘Says the guy who threatens to beat people up a lot’: Chris Cuomo is unhappy with self-defense definition

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CNN host Chris Cuomo seemed extremely bothered by the not guilty verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse self-defense trial, claiming that “none of it feels right” and it’s “too easy to kill in this society” while also claiming the outcome was “justified.”

During “Cuomo Prime Time” following the outcome in the Kenosha, Wisconsin case, Cuomo asserted that he thinks it’s too easy to legally defend yourself using lethal force after criticizing the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial.

“There’s plenty to be upset about. It is too easy to kill in this society,” Cuomo started his show after the verdict. He continued, “There are no questions here tonight that this outcome is problematic.” He then went on to add, “…too many other kids get in trouble for way less.”

“Removing the duty to retreat and allowing the use of deadly force as a first option…makes killing easier. And look at which killings are being justified much more often. Allowing someone to kill someone when they fear being beaten up is a mistake,” Cuomo posited on Friday, referring to the Rittenhouse self-defense situation. He was dog-piled for that statement.

Cuomo’s current response came after he stated that although he disagrees with Wisconsin law, the Rittenhouse verdict was “justified by the law and the facts here.”

“You know you’re going to have people saying if he was black, this would be different, right? Because we’re dealing with systemic injustice right now, and even though this verdict, I believe is justified by the law and the facts here, that’s what we should want every time, people are frustrated that you wouldn’t get it if he was black, even though this may be the ‘right’ outcome,” he remarked.

Cuomo later added, “I think that this is a terrible situation, and while he is not guilty, there’s a lot about this situation, while he had the right to do it under the law, it wasn’t right. It was wrong, and it’s hurtful and people are dead and it sends a bad message.”

Now, days later, he has gone on a tear over when self-defense should and should not be used. His take is seen as extremely hypocritical by many out there.

Cuomo’s statement on Friday seems to be a nuanced continuation of his criticism over the outcome of the Rittenhouse trial. He’s begrudgingly accepting of the law but still thinks it was morally wrong to kill someone in obvious self-defense.

But when Cuomo interviewed Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards, he was given a lesson in what actual self-defense entails. Richards dismantled Cuomo at every turn.

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Cuomo asked him, “Does he have concerns that maybe he could have done something else, maybe he didn’t have to fire, maybe he could have fought, maybe he could have gotten back on his feet? Does he ask himself those questions?”

Richards dismissed that argument out of hand.

Then Cuomo added, “It’s hard to believe that somebody chasing you is going to beat you to death.”

Richards was visibly disgusted and shot back, “Why else was he chasing him, Chris?”

“Probably to get him and beat him up, hurt him. But again, my problem is with the law here. Look, we don’t know what he was going to do — now we do. Because now we know that none of the people involved here ever killed anybody before or known for that kind of violence,” Cuomo smugly replied ignoring the fact that the attackers were felons with long rap sheets.

Cuomo was dragged on social media for his unbelievable take on the self-defense issue:


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