Giving Them Permission

Kyle Rittenhouse is actually not impersonating the Gilbert Gottfried-era AFLAC Duck here but instead having a curiously tear-free sobbing breakdown on the courtroom stand yesterday.

The Kyle Rittenhouse trial is, unfortunately, going exactly as some of us expected. It features a suspiciously sympathetic judge who has the Conservative National Anthem as his ringtone. Yesterday, it also featured the greatest bad crying performance by a right-winger since Beer Guy Brett Kavanaugh demonstrated his fitness for the Supreme Court bench by fake wailing during his confirmation hearing. Based on a few of the images, like the one above, Rittenhouse appears to be less crying and more offering a Gilbert Gottfried impression.

The judge has done some eyebrow-raising things that seem suspiciously sympathetic to the defendant. Rittenhouse has received a tremendous amount of support from the right, such as a Twitter thread vomited out by Meemaw’s Favorite Ohio Senate Candidate, Alleged Author J.D. Vance. Oh, well-meaning libs who were brow-beating me into reading his book back in 2016…do you see now why some of us were telling you he is a grifter playing on well-do-to people’s deep hatred of low-income people? He’s really reasonable, huh? Suckers.

Anyway, Rittenhouse is not the only one who just may get away with a political crime. Grotesque Marvel Supervillain Steve Bannon got contempt dropped on him by Congress for defying a Congressional subpoena. On Monday, after a D.C. district judge shot down Rape and Fast Food Enthusiast Donald Trump’s attempt to stop the National Archives from sending records to the January 6 committee, the committee issued some new subpoenas, including ones to Second-Rate Mob Attorney John Eastman (who, you know, actually wrote a SIX POINT PLAN TO COMMIT A COUP), Character Straight Out of Dr. Strangelove Michael Flynn, and That Other Guy Jason Miller.

At this point, the ball’s in Oddly Cautious Guy Merrick Garland’s court, and it seems like there is not much happening, as Garland has all the urgency of a three-toed sloth on valium. There is a lot of back and forth about what Garland is exactly doing, ranging from a plea for patience from MSNBC’s Go-To Calm-Down-Everyone Pundit, Joyce Vance, to Lefty Word Slinger Eric Lutz’s pondering in Vanity Fair about what’s taking so damn long.

Really, I have no idea what Garland is up to, but chop-chop, Mr. AG. And if he’s one of those The System Is Fine We Must Trust the Institution types like Out of Touch Old Man Stephen Breyer, which I think he might be, we are in a lot of trouble as the right-wing eats those types like they’re a KFC four-piece meal on Trump’s jet. To all you institutionalists: The Mueller Report is nothing more than greasy bones on the tip-top plush carpeting now.

That’s not all as far as dangerous right-wingers seemingly getting away with it. Reuters dropped a remarkable piece of journalism, that frankly was scary as hell, about the Trump supporters who routinely terrorized election officials with death threats. The scary-as-hell part was how law enforcement’s response can be basically summarized in three letters: “meh.” And these guys have no regrets, so it is not too much of a leap to imagine where they might take this next.

It’s odd and maddening why our society is giving such a pass to the far right. You’d see none of the above if this defiance was coming from the left. People would be dead or in jail. Keep in mind, the January 6 insurrection attempt happened largely because law enforcement did not take the threat seriously specifically because it was coming from the right, and not those crazy Antifa types. So, for some reason, despite these people showing up over and over again at rallies armed to the teeth, the threat wasn’t taken seriously enough.

This is sending a really frightening message to not only the elites in the Trumpism circle, but to the rank and file. You can do whatever, and suffer no consequences. You can threaten to kill people, no one will care. You can actually kill people, and not only likely will get away with it, but it also would be a smart career move (does anyone out there really doubt that the world is Kyle Rittenhouse’s oyster now? He’s going to make millions off this via the right-wing fever swamp). You can attempt to completely destroy our elections including supporting and planning an insurrection in the White House itself, and really not much will go on. It’s certainly not hurting Republicans politically.

There’s still time to reverse this. But we need swift and fair justice, something at the moment it feels like our system is incapable of providing and our society is sort of shrugging about at the moment. This likely will not end well.

Last word goes to Joni Mitchell, who sang about how cops treat “derelicts or ladies of the night” as weeds to be pulled while the rich get away with murder.

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