While many of the developments of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse appeared to go south for the prosecution Wednesday, some on the left demanded a new judge after his phone rang during the trial and revealed a patriotic ringtone.
Rittenhouse is on trial for shooting three protesters during political unrest in August 2020 in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Two of the three protesters died.
On Wednesday Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder berated the assistant district attorney for Kenosha County in what many saw as a sign that the case was possibly headed towards a dismissal by mistrial.
In response, many on the left latched on to the idea that the judge's ringtone was evidence that he was biased in favor of Rittenhouse.
Among those were the former White House photographer during the Obama administration, Pete Souza, who tweeted, "Mistrial. Assign a new judge."
The incident was captured by some on video and circulated on social media.
"Schroeder doesn't seem to care about maintaining even a veneer of fairness. He's outright performing for the Fox News lemmings," said Democratic activist Lindy Li.
"Apparently, the judge in the Rittenhouse case has Lee Greenwood as his ringtone. That's literally the MAGA national anthem. Can't we just jump ahead to the appeal?" tweeted writer Bryan Behar.
"Laying odds Rittenhouse defies justice with his white privilege card. Which, to his amazing luck, is accepted by the white judge with the Trump Rally opening song as his ringtone," said one critic.
"'God Bless the USA' is the opening song played at every Trump rally. Lee Greenwood literally sang it at Trump's inauguration. It is the ringtone of the judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial," tweeted author Mikel Jollett.
"The judge's ringtone this afternoon is the cherry on this turd of a trial," read one tweet.
Here's the latest on the Rittenhouse trial:
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