Joy Reid of MSNBC has been chastised for comparing Kyle Rittenhouse to Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, referring to both men as “Karens” who benefitted from “white male tears.”
Last week, when testifying in his own defense, Rittenhouse cried on the stand, prompting a barrage of criticism from the left, Independent reported.
The teen has pleaded not guilty to the charges of fatally shooting two men and wounded a third during a night of protests against racial inequality in 2020.
If convicted of the most serious charge, he will be sentenced to life in jail. On Thursday, the jury will begin its third day of deliberations.
Reid was speaking about the trial after the jury was sent home for a second day because they could not reach a verdict.
“It reminded a lot of people of something … Oh, the Brett Kavanaugh hearing,” MSNBC host Joy Reid said about Rittenhouse.
In a TikTok video, Reid claimed that Rittenhouse was exploiting emotion in his testimony in the same manner that then-Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh did when he testified before Congress in 2018 after being accused of sexual assault by a high school friend.
The host said Justice Kavanaugh “cried his way through the hearings to make him a permanent member” of the high court. “His tears turned out to be more powerful than the tears of Christine Blasey Ford. Which were the tears of an alleged victim,” she added.
“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, it’s bring the waterworks,” she continued. “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 wokeism. They still want to be able to have their tears.”
Reid’s inflammatory comments provoked outrage and racism accusations on social media.
“Something is wrong with her,” conservative commentator Leo Terrell said. “She is the queen of racism. She has a problem with white men … Kyle Rittenhouse did not kill any black people.”
“She is not a lawyer,” he added. “And how dare she attack this judge and claim he’s biased? She’s not a lawyer, she’s incompetent to answer these questions. Shame on her, and shame on MSNBC.
According to Fox News host Tucker Carlson, Reid mocked “the very idea” of “white tears.”
“People that evil can’t cry,” he said in a mock impersonation of Reid. “They don’t have human emotions because they’re not really human. You don’t have to care about them, they don’t qualify for your compassion. You can laugh as they weep and feel good about it.”
“You often hear the word ‘dehumanize,’” Carlson said. “What does it mean? That’s what it looks like. So you wonder how long this can go on in our country before something really important breaks.”
Political commentator Alexandra Datig said in a tweet: “Shame on MSNBC! How Dare Joy Reid, Who is Not a Lawyer, Attack Rittenhouse Judge Claiming He is Bias! Offensive and Wrong!”