UPDATED 8:32 AM PT – Friday, November 12, 2021
Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and former Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard are criticizing the left for labeling Kyle Rittenhouse a white supremacist.
During an interview Thursday, Cotton blasted Democrats like Joe Biden’ for “reverting to name calling” when losing arguments. The senator pointed out how last year Biden was quick to label the 18-year-old after only seeing seconds of footage from the actual incident. Cotton then highlighted that when incidents like this happen, no one should jump to conclusions based on a video circulating around the internet.
“When Joe Biden called Kyle Rittenhouse a white supremacist last year, it really was just the go-to move of the Democrats,” stated the Arkansas lawmaker. “They do this all the time when they’re losing an argument on the merits.”
Cotton further added how Democrats often use this tactic and allude to calling anyone in their path a “racist.”
“They don’t like parents going to school boards to protest what their kids are learning or school closures, so those parents are called racist,” he stated. “They don’t like that Virginian elected Republicans last week. They condemned Virginia voters as racist.”
Meanwhile, former U.S. Rep. Tulsi Gabbard also had some strong words for “Antifa-loving politicians.” While taking to Twitter Thursday, she called out those who refer to Rittenhouse as a “white supremacist terrorist” without any evidence. Additionally, the former Democrat presidential candidate stressed the government failed to protect the community from rioters and arsonists.
With no evidence, MSM & antifa-loving politicians immediately labeled Rittenhouse a white supremacist terrorist. It’s obvious now that he was just a foolish kid who felt he needed to protect people & the community from rioters & arsonists because the government failed to do so. pic.twitter.com/uhjGQtM4y4
— Tulsi Gabbard 🌺 (@TulsiGabbard) November 11, 2021
Rittenhouse, who is now 18-years old, has argued that he was acting in self-defense and traveled to Kenosha, Wisconsin as a private citizen to put a stop to violence and looting. He’s on trial on multiple charges of homicide and faces a life sentence if convicted of the more serious of the six charges against him.
Meanwhile, the defense team for Rittenhouse rested its case Thursday and will return to court without the jury present later Friday to finalize how jurors will be instructed when they receive the case next week.