Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted and found not guilty on all five charges he faced for killing two people and wounding a third during violent protests last year in Kenosha.
Here's the reaction on social media from local and national politicians and others on the jury's decision Friday afternoon.
Former NFL player and civil rights activist Colin Kaepernick (Wisconsin born)
We just witnessed a system built on white supremacy validate the terroristic acts of a white supremacist.
This only further validates the need to abolish our current system. White supremacy cannot be reformed.
— Colin Kaepernick (@Kaepernick7) November 19, 2021
Wisconsin political and public figures like Gov. Evers, Sens. Ron Johnson and Tammy Baldwin
Here's my statement regarding the verdict in the Rittenhouse trial. pic.twitter.com/YekSP9F5Cb
— Governor Tony Evers (@GovEvers) November 19, 2021
I believe justice has been served in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. I hope everyone can accept the verdict, remain peaceful, and let the community of Kenosha heal and rebuild.
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) November 19, 2021
Our justice system worked today. The prosecution in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial was a complete disgrace, praising the mob who burned our streets as “heroes.”
— Rebecca Kleefisch (@RebeccaforReal) November 19, 2021
A system that legitimizes vigilante murder is deeply broken.
— Rep. Gwen Moore (@RepGwenMoore) November 19, 2021
This situation represents an outrageous failure to protect protesters by the Kenosha Police Department and Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.
— ACLU of Wisconsin (@ACLUofWisconsin) November 19, 2021
We have a difficult road to justice in America, and the verdicts we just witnessed in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial are just another example. While we can easily view this as a setback, we have to transform this moment. My full statement: pic.twitter.com/Ru4ZCcJ3T6
— Mandela Barnes (@TheOtherMandela) November 19, 2021
My statement on the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial ⬇️ https://t.co/VTbF2vi1qi
— Sen. Tammy Baldwin (@SenatorBaldwin) November 19, 2021
Today's unanimous verdict may be shocking for some, but for many others, it is proof that our justice system works. The right to a trial by a jury of your peers is a fundamental part of the checks and balances in our country. 1/2
— Speaker Robin Vos (@SpeakerVos) November 19, 2021
My statement following the Wisconsin v. Rittenhouse Jury Decision pic.twitter.com/7HBwCjf16q
— Bryan Steil (@RepBryanSteil) November 19, 2021
I send my love and prayers to the families of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, and to Gaige Grosskreutz and the people of Kenosha.
Kyle Rittenhouse is a murderer and justice was not served today. His acquittal speaks volumes to the privilege of whiteness in America. pic.twitter.com/y70PoQajhZ
— Rep. Francesca Hong 홍윤정 (@StateRepHong) November 19, 2021
It is outrageous that there will be no justice and no accountability for the deaths of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum, or for the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz. 1/
— Sarah Godlewski (@SarahforWI) November 19, 2021
1/4: My thoughts are with the loved ones of Anthony Huber and JoJo Rosenbaum, who were killed by Kyle Rittenhouse on August 25, 2020. Both men should still be alive today.
— Gordon Hintz (@GordonHintz) November 19, 2021
— Senator Chris Larson (@SenChrisLarson) November 19, 2021
I am disgusted by the conduct during and outcome of the Rittenhouse trial.
There are two justice systems in this country— one for white men and one for black men. White men with guns go free and black men minding their own business wind up dead.
May Kenosha stay safe.
— Rep. Lee Snodgrass (@RepSnodgrass) November 19, 2021
Yet again, we’ve seen our criminal justice system fail the people it was supposed to protect. Kyle Rittenhouse crossed state lines with an intent to cause trouble. As a result of that, two families will never see their loved ones again. 1/2
— Alex Lasry (@AlexLasryWI) November 19, 2021
If I’m elected Wisconsin Attorney General, I will open an investigation into the #Rittenhouse prosecution. The nation just watched a political prosecution of young man. It is terrifying that this can happen in America. We must get to the bottom of this so it never happens again.
— Adam Jarchow (@therealadamjar1) November 19, 2021
My statement on the Kyle Rittenhouse verdict pic.twitter.com/U8lJ90aaUg
— Tom Nelson (@NelsonforWI) November 19, 2021
Conservatism is creating a country where our fear, our hatred, our biases, our enmity can literally be weaponized and "justify" the murdering of each other. For Republicans to call what happened today justice is genuinely sickening and I know it's only going to get worse.
— Jimmy Anderson (@Rep_Jimmy) November 19, 2021
— MKE Common Council (@MKE_CC) November 19, 2021
President Joe Biden and other national public figures react
“I stand by what the jury has to say. The jury system works," the president said when asked about Rittenhouse verdict, per pool.
— Katie Rogers (@katierogers) November 19, 2021
You know damn well that if Kyle Rittenhouse were Black he would have been found guilty in a heartbeat—or shot dead by cops on the scene.
— Julián Castro (@JulianCastro) November 19, 2021
— Spectrum News 1 Wisconsin (@SpectrumNews1WI) November 19, 2021
I will donate money to Kyle Rittenhouse so he can sue the CRAP out of corporate media. pic.twitter.com/bVAekXWN9D
— Glenn Beck (@glennbeck) November 19, 2021
This is bigger than Kyle Rittenhouse,. This is where the tide starts to change. The decent people of this country are tired of allowing it to be destroyed by thugs and miscreants. Your time is up!! #KyleRittenhouseIsInnocent
— Tomi Lahren (@TomiLahren) November 19, 2021
The jury got it right—finding Rittenhouse not guilty on all charges. The fact that charges were brought before any serious investigation is evidence that the government was motivated by politics, which itself should be considered criminal.
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) November 19, 2021
I wish this was true, but the lack of Justice for Black folks is not a stand-alone moment. There’s a reason that every Black person on my timeline says they aren’t surprised.
We have a long way to go and right now it doesn’t feel like we are headed in the right direction. https://t.co/KOFEWwmne7
— Sachin Chheda (@skchheda) November 19, 2021
The liberal media is now bitching that law abiding citizens should not be able to carry firearms in public. Wisconsin’s response: At least 575,000 Wisconsinites will be bearing arms all across the state on Saturday!
— Mike Mikalsen (@MikeMikalsen) November 19, 2021
I hope Corey Chirafisi will pursue a defamation case against Biden for calling Rittenhouse a "white supremacist" during the campaign.#RittenhouseVerdict
— Ann Coulter (@AnnCoulter) November 19, 2021
The fix seemed in from the beginning, given the judge’s blatant and inappropriate bias for the defense. Even if ppl buy that throwing a plastic bag requires “self defense” with an AR-15, Rittenhouse broke multiple other laws and should have served years in prison.
— Kelda Roys 😷💉 (@keldahelenroys) November 19, 2021
As we predicted, Kyle Rittenhouse found not guilty. Any post-verdict violence has to be quickly put down and perpetrators punished to the full extent.
— Bill O'Reilly (@BillOReilly) November 19, 2021
BREAKING: Kyle Rittenhouse was just found NOT GUILTY on ALL charges. Yeah, all of them.
Ultimately, gun laws were imagined, written, and are enforced in America to protect white boys and men.
Those same laws are primarily used punitively against Black people.
— Shaun King (@shaunking) November 19, 2021
Jury has to be guided by the law, evidence and instructions they receive. He had a self-defense case and they acted on that basis.
But the idea that a kid could be on the street w/a semi-automatic weapon and kill people, with absolutely no penalty, sends an alarming message. https://t.co/7VWX8XkIXt
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) November 19, 2021
This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Kyle Rittenhouse trial reaction: Joe Biden, Trump, Johnson, Kaepernick