CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who was caught masturbating on camera during a work Zoom call last October, said Wednesday that Kyle Rittenhouse is lucky he's not on trial for being "an idiot."
Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and first-degree attempted intentional homicide for shooting three people — killing two and injuring the third — during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Defense attorneys argue Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, acted in self-defense. He has pleaded not guilty.
The teenager took the stand Wednesday to testify in his own defense. During cross-examination by the prosecution, Rittenhouse broke down in tears as he recounted the events that led to the shootings.
The trial has proved contentious, as Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger's attempts to ask questions Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder has ruled were beyond the scope of the trial have repeatedly angered the judge.
As Rittenhouse testified, Toobin called him an "idiot" for his actions.
"What kind of idiot 17-year-old gets a giant gun and goes to a riot? He has no license, he has no training, he thinks he's going to scrub graffiti off with his AR-15?" he asked.
"I mean, the stupidity of this is like — what could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot went wrong," said Toobin.