Cops are willing to admit Derek Chauvin is a murderer. Right-wing media stars are still struggling with that fact.

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Anthony L. Fisher
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People react after the verdict was read in the Derek Chauvin trial on Tuesday In Minneapolis. Scott Olson/Getty Images
  • Derek Chauvin was convicted of murdering George Floyd. Even police unions think the jury got it right.

  • But right-wing snowflakes can't accept it. They need to believe it was a politically motivated show trial.

  • It's how anti-reform conservatives let their feelings get in the way of facts.

  • This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.

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Derek Chauvin murdered George Floyd.

We can say that now, after a jury of Chauvin's peers said the former Minneapolis police officer committed second-degree murder when he knelt on Floyd's neck.

Several of Chauvin's colleagues broke the blue wall of silence and testified against him during the trial. The pro-law-enforcement former prosecutor and judge Jeanine Pirro told her fellow Fox News panelists that the jury came to the correct conclusion based on facts, adding, "This verdict will be held on appeal."

Even the nation's largest police union - typically the most immovable opponent of police accountability - said the second-degree murder conviction was the right call.

But even though due process was served and a fair trial was held, a lot of the media's most prominent right-of-center voices are desperately clinging to the notion that Chauvin's murder conviction is the result of a predetermined show trial.

"Mob justice" is how the Blaze TV commentator Candace Owens characterized the extraordinarily rare occurrence of a police officer being held accountable for the cold-blooded killing of a Black man.

That's the narrative, and the "Blue Lives Matter" right is sticking to it.

Right-wing snowflakes have a meltdown

In the interest of calling balls and strikes, there were some irresponsible comments from left-of-center figures before the jury's verdict.

Rep. Maxine Waters didn't do anyone any favors when she urged protesters to "get more confrontational" if Chauvin were to be acquitted. The CNN legal analyst Laura Coates insinuated that Chauvin's defense attorneys explaining reasonable doubt to a jury was somehow evidence of guilt. And it is not the place of a president to say he's praying for "the right verdict" of a jury trial, as Joe Biden did.

Despite these kerfuffles, there's no evidence they affected the jury - which had been partially sequestered - or its relatively quick decision to convict Chauvin of all three charges he faced.

But a lot of popular right-of-center media figures don't see it that way.

Chauvin "did not get a fair trial as everyone from rioters to a member of Congress to the POTUS tampered with the outcome," the Pizzagate propagandist Mike Cernovich said. "Today is one of national disgrace - a true insurrection." Cernovich added that the trial was "worse than January 6th," referring, of course, to the deadly riot by Trump supporters who overwhelmed the US Capitol.

The "Dilbert" creator turned Trump sycophant Scott Adams tweeted, "There's a fine line between justice and human sacrifice."

Ben Shapiro tweeted that he thought a manslaughter conviction was more a reasonable consequence for Chauvin. Then he opined that "no evidence was presented that Floyd's killing was racist, but Chauvin was convicted of that, and so was America."

Shapiro's most famous quip is "facts don't care about your feelings," but it is inaccurate to assert that Chauvin was convicted of racism, or that America was on trial at all.

Tucker Carlson said the jury was saying "please don't hurt us" with its decision to convict. Later in his show, he abruptly cut off his guest Ed Gavin, a former New York City corrections officer, for having the temerity to criticize Chauvin's actions as "excessive."

The Trump-supporting "disaffected liberal" vlogger Tim Pool tweeted, "Cops need to resign en masses now." Pool later added: "I'm over it. Abolish police or whatever. I own guns. It's the cities that want this and it's the cities that will suffer because of it."

This is a collective meltdown of anti-anti-Chauvinism.

If unedited video evidence of a cold-blooded murder stokes public outrage, that doesn't mean the accused cannot get a fair trial.

If police brutality and the institutional blocks on accountability are thrust into the national spotlight, that doesn't mean "all police" or "America" is on trial.

And if a bad cop gets sent to prison for committing an act so unconscionable that police unions won't defend it, it doesn't mean that the "woke, Marxist, BLM" brigades have imposed "anarcho-tyranny," as Andrew Torba, CEO of the far-right-friendly social-media site Gab, said in a statement.

The mental gymnastics and conspiratorial leaps of logic required to believe that Chauvin's conviction somehow portends an end to the rule of law in America are formidable.

It's how anti-reform conservatives let their feelings get in the way of facts.

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