Many liberals pounced on a joke told by the judge in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse Thursday to accuse him of racism and call for a mistrial.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder was speaking about the court's plans for lunch when he made a joke about the supply chain issues at Long Beach Harbor in California.
"I hope the Asian food isn't coming ... isn't on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor," he said.
Some social media users immediately accused the judge of racism and demanded that a mistrial be called.
"My brain hurts with this whole trial. Did the judge just make a slight against Asian people??" replied MSNBC contributor Katie Phang.
"Racist, me thinks, the judge, is," tweeted epidemiologist Eric Feigl-Ding. "What a complete joke and circus this #KyleRittenhouseTrial now is."
"Wtf the prosecution will ask for a mistrial or for judge to step down," tweeted one detractor. "The trial can't be completed with comments from the sitting judge like that. This is gross misconduct for these comments in bad jokes."
"This judge is a kooky control freak who loves to hear himself talk. His inane comments and interference are annoying. He just made a joke about how he 'hopes the Asian food isn't stuck in the harbor' - wtf? This is a garbage trial," said one critic.
"At first I thought he was making some local reference about Kenosha, albeit still somewhat offensive. But there is no Long Beach in Wisconsin; he's talking about Long Beach, CA, isn't he?— and injecting national politics into the trial—with a bit of bigotry on the side," said another critic.
"The good old American Justice System A white racist Judge, presiding over a murder trial by a White Racist This judge is itching to mistrial this case and save the poor white killer from justice," read another tweet.
A similar effort developed on Wednesday when the judge's cellphone went off during the case and revealed a patriotic ringtone. Many on the left called it a sign that the judge was a Trump supporter and demanded a mistrial.
Here's more about the Rittenhouse trial:
HARD TO WATCH: Rittenhouse BREAKS DOWN During Testimony | The News & Why It Matters | Ep 903 www.youtube.com