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Joy Reid says Kyle Rittenhouse, Brett Kavanaugh are 'Karens' who've used their 'male, white tears' to defend themselves 'as soon as they get caught'

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Leftist MSNBC host Joy Reid said Kyle Rittenhouse and Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh are "Karens" who've used their "male, white tears" to defend themselves "as soon as they get caught."

What are the details?

Reid said on a TikTok video Tuesday that she saw similarities between the Rittenhouse trial — during which the 18-year-old defendant became emotional and began to cry on the witness stand last week — and the 2018 Kavanaugh confirmation hearings in which Christine Blasey Ford accused the then-SCOTUS nominee of sexual assault which occyrred more than three decades prior.

Kavanaugh "cried his way through the hearings to make him a permanent member and associate justice of the United State Supreme Court," Reid declared on her video, adding that "his tears turned out to be more powerful" than the tears of Ford — "an alleged victim."

She continued:

But in America, there's a thing about both white vigilantism and white tears — particularly male, white tears. Really white tears in general, because that's what Karens are, right? They Karen out, and then as soon as they get caught [Reid makes sobbing noises] bring waterworks? White men can get away with that, too. And it has the same effect. Even as the right tries to politicize the idea that masculinity is being robbed from American men by multiculturalism and woke-ism, they still want to be able to have their tears.

Anything else?

Rittenhouse — who's testified that he fatally shot two men and wounded a third in self-defense amid rioting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in August 2020 — was raked over the coals not only by Reid but by others on the left for his witness-stand crying:

  • NBA superstar LeBron James mocked the 18-year-old defendant and asked his 50 million Twitter followers in a viral tweet, "What tears????? I didn't see one. Man knock it off! That boy ate some lemon heads before walking into court." James finished off his message with a trio of laughing-crying emojis.
  • CNN commentator Ana Navarro-Cárdenas tweeted, "Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, now 27. Think about how much their loved ones have cried, real anguish and grief, not crocodile tears."
  • "F*** this brat's crocodile tears," Amanda Marcotte, a politics writer for Salon, tweeted. "Self-defense is when you are minding your own business, someone attacks you, and you have to fight back. Rittenhouse picked up a gun and went looking for trouble. He found it and, in a sane world, would go to jail for it."
  • Carli Pierson — an attorney and USA Today opinion writer — also invoked the "crocodile tears" charge while writing that Rittenhouse came across as "melodramatic" and shouldn't be believed. "Regardless of how Rittenhouse tries to twist his story — or twist his sad face into tears — his innocent kid act shouldn't fool anyone," Pierson said, adding that he "could get life in prison if convicted, and that's what he deserves."
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