The congresswoman, who previously declared Rittenhouse ‘executed two people’ in Kenosha, retweeted a video of NBC late-night talk show host Amber Ruffin criticizing the teens not-guilty verdict.
Omar retweeted Ruffin’s two-minute segment with the caption ‘In case you need a reminder.’
Rittenhouse, 18, was acquitted by jurors on all charges – two counts of homicide, one count of attempted homicide for wounding a third man, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety – after killing two people during protests marred by arson, rioting and looting on August 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
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Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar (pictured) retweeted a segment of NBC late-night talk show host Amber Ruffin criticizing the not-guilty verdict
Omar retweeted the video with the caption ‘In case you need a reminder.’ In it, Ruffin says ‘white people have been getting away with murder since time began’
In the video, Ruffin emotionally starts off by saying: ‘It’s not okay for a man to grab a rifle, travel across state lines, and shoot three people and then walk free.’
She then tore into the U.S. judicial system for being ‘blatantly and obviously stacked against people of color’ and said it is ‘not okay for there to be an entirely different set of rules for White people.’
‘I don’t care about Kyle Rittenhouse, I don’t care about that racist judge. And I don’t care how f****ed up that jury must be,’ Ruffin added. ‘White people have been getting away with murder since time began.’
Rittenhouse, 18, (pictured) was acquitted by jurors on all charges after killing two people during protests on August 25, 2020, in Kenosha, Wisconsin
This is not Omar’s first time speaking out against Rittenhouse.
Both she and progressive congresswomen Ayanna Pressley have referred to Rittenhouse as a ‘white supremacist’ and a ‘domestic terrorist.’
Despite Omar’s previous claim that Rittenhouse ‘executed two people,’ the 18 year-old was only charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide, for which the jury found him ‘not guilty’ of on Friday.
The congresswoman was one of many on the left who branded Rittenhouse as a white supremacist, including President Biden, who did so when he tweeted a 2020 campaign video that featured an image of Rittenhouse alongside footage of white supremacist groups. Biden tweeted at the time that then-President Donald Trump ‘refused to disavow white supremacists on the debate stage last night.’
The accusations from the left forced Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy Rittenhouse, to defend her son’s reputation on Sean Hannity’s Fox News Channel show on November 10.
‘President Biden don’t know my son whatsoever. He’s not a white supremacist,’ she said.
‘He’s not a racist. And [Biden] did that for the votes. And I was so angry for a while at him and what he did to my son, he defamed him,’ she added.
An investigation by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) appeared to back-up Wendy Rittenhouse.
The ADL reportedly told CBS News that they found no indication in Rittenhouse’s social media footprint of any connection to extremist groups.
Additionally, the phrase ‘white supremacist’ or even the words ‘extremist,’ ‘racist’ or bigot’ were not mentioned a single time in the prosecution’s closing argument.
Lawyer Todd McMurtry, who helped Nicolas Sandmann sue news outlets for upward of $800 million for defamation, said Biden’s tweet about Rittenhouse could cause him some trouble.
‘What you take from this tweet is that Kyle Rittenhouse was using his rifle and engaging in white supremacist misconduct, so it’s actionable,’ McMurtry told Fox News on Friday after Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges against him.
The lawyer admitted the 18-year-old was ‘not necessarily going to win’ but it is ‘actionable.’
Civil rights lawyer Leo Terrell also warned Biden on Fox News that the now-president couldn’t justify his remarks and that he’s ‘going to have to pay for and justify’ his actions.
Biden released a statement following the verdict Friday, saying: ‘While the verdict in Kenosha will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken.’
The president also said he knew ‘we’re not going to heal our country’s wounds overnight’ but he remains ‘committed’ to doing ‘everything in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally.’
Vice President Kamala Harris also told reporters that the ‘verdict speaks for itself.’
‘It’s clear, there’s still a lot more work to do,’ she said before boarding Air Force One in Columbus, Ohio.
McMurtry also argues that Sandmann and Rittenhouse have similar cases: both were minors when the event occurred and were private figures at the time.
Although household names now, without being public figures or celebrities beforehand, Rittenhouse and Sandmann only have to prove Biden’s negligence, instead of a higher burden of proof actual malice, the lawyer said.
Sandmann has also encouraged Rittenhouse to sue media outlets for defamation as well.
‘The parallels between me and Rittenhouse are impossible not to draw,’ Sandmann wrote in an op-ed for DailyMail.com. ‘The attacks on Kyle came from the national news media, just as they came for me.
‘So every single label on Kyle as a ‘terrorist’, ‘white supremacist’, and ‘school shooter’ in the streets of Kenosha, will only ever be withdrawn after the damage has been done.
‘So, if Kyle is prepared to take on another burden in his early life, with the acceptance that it might result in nothing, I answer, give it a shot and hold the media accountable,’ he wrote for DailyMail.com.