Several Texas leaders are turning to Twitter to share their reaction to the news of Kyle Rittenhouse being found not guilty on all charges against him on Friday, November 19. Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted of five charges, including the most serious of the five, intentional homicide.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle during a tumultuous night of protests in the summer of 2020. In his closely watched trial, Rittenhouse pleaded self-defense in the deadly shootings.
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The former police cadet could have gotten life in prison if found guilty on the most serious charge, first-degree intentional homicide, or what some other states call first-degree murder.
Following the news, Twitter erupted with comments. Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted quickly when the verdict was announced, writing “Rittenhouse – NOT GUILTY!”
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San Antonio Representative Diego Bernal responded to Abbott’s comment, tweeting “And you chose this side why? What led you there? Or is that just where you felt you belonged. Never leading, always following.”
Former San Antonio Mayor Julián Castro also chimed in on the subject.
“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,” he tweeted.
U.S. Representative Veronica Escobar of El Paso echoed many of the sentiments shared on the social site.
Don Huffines, former Texas representative and one of Abbott’s Republican challengers in the 2022 primary called on Biden’s previous statements, while U.S. Congressman Chip Roy wondered if Biden would issue an apology.
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