Chris Christie, former governor of New Jersey, criticized prosecutors for charging Kyle Rittenhouse, claiming that they were acting on the “whims of the public.”
According to Christie, a veteran prosecutor, the evidence revealed that the allegations against Rittenhouse were unjustified, as the New York Post reported.
“Those charges should never have been brought. And, you know, prosecutors are not supposed to give in to the whims of the public,” Christie said during an appearance on “Fox News Sunday.”
“They’re not supposed to give in—give in to public opinion,” he continued. “You’re supposed to dispassionately look at the facts and the evidence and decide whether they support charges.”
Christie also stated that video evidence of the events in Kenosha revealed that Rittenhouse shot the three guys in self-defense.
“And I’m glad to see that the jury sat there, not affected by public pressure, but sat and listened to the evidence and made the decision that they did,” he said.
He also pointed his finger at the mainstream media for its coverage of the Rittenhouse trial, stating that he was not shocked that network hosts, legal experts, and politicians “spoke so irresponsibly” of Rittenhouse without “a basis in fact,” reported town hall.
“I think those people on the left are just attempting to continue to tear our country apart for political gain. Anybody who looked at the videos of this could tell this was an act of self-defense. Anyone who knows the law would know that,” Christie said, adding that he was “so proud” of the jury and the jury system because it “gave Kyle Rittenhouse a chance that all of these other talking heads on television didn’t give him.”
The story began on Aug. 25, 2020, when Rittenhouse got embroiled in a melee near midnight amid Black Lives Matter riots in the small city of Kenosha.
On Friday, Nov. 19, Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, was cleared of all charges related to the killings of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 28.