‘SNL’ Sees Kyle Rittenhouse’s Verdict Through Red Lenses


“Saturday Night Live” attempted to view the not-guilty verdicts in Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial through the eyes of red America.

The show turned to Fox News’ “Justice With Judge Jeanine” for help. Host Jeanine Pirro, played by Cecily Strong, focused on Kenosha, Wisconsin as a “top story”. Rittenhouse, 18, was found not guilty on Friday of all charges related to fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during protests in the city last year.

His lawyers argued Rittenhouse was defending himself against attackers after traveling to Wisconsin in an effort to protect businesses and provide medical assistance amid August 2020 protests and unrest over the Jacob shooting. Blake, a black man, by a white officer.

“This adorable brat was put through a nightmarish trial just for doing the bravest thing an American could do – protect an empty used car parking lot in someone else’s town,” said Piro.

Mikey Day as Judge Bruce Schroeder, who presided over Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, appears in the opening of “Saturday Night Live” on November 20, 2021.NBC

She featured Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder, who made headlines during the proceedings by banning the use of the word “victim” to describe the deceased Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and survivor Gaige Grosskreutz. He also continued his approximately 20-year-old custom of allowing the defendant to choose 12 jurors by blind and random draw.

Schroeder, played by Mikey Day, has defended his handling of a lawsuit seen by some as a barometer of race and privilege.

“It was standard procedure,” Schroeder said. “That’s why I ordered the prosecution not to use the word victims. They were rioters. »

The judge insisted that his rules and rulings “in no way gave my client an unfair advantage”.

Pirro brought in Sandra Cummings (Chloe Fineman), described as an NPR legal analyst, and Samuel Fields (Chris Redd), a Howard University law professor, for a bit of fairness and balance, but the guests seemed to have different opinions.

“It’s not who we are,” said Cummings, who is white.

The verdict, she argued, sends a message that “any American can just prowl the streets with an AK-47.”

Fields, who is black, replied, “Any American? I think you’re missing a key word there.”

Cummings continued, undeterred. “I was shocked,” she said.

“You were?” the teacher said, “Because I wasn’t.”

“I’ve never seen anything like this before,” the legal analyst said.

“I’ve done it, many times,” Fields said.

The show’s James Austin Johnson reprized his well-received impression of former President Donald Trump, who was billed by Pirro as “the sexiest man alive.”

Trump meandered, emphasizing the 2024 election goals while commenting on popular culture.

“We are coming back in 2024,” he said. “We’re doing the reboot, okay?

A few beats later, he asked, “Why did they restart ‘Gossip Girl?'”

“Weekend Update” didn’t have good news for President Joe Biden, despite a week that included his signing of a $555 billion infrastructure bill.

“Yesterday was weird for President Biden,” said co-host Colin Jost.

The day included the Rittenhouse verdict and the first time in US history that a woman served as interim president. Biden, who turned 79 on Saturday, underwent anesthesia for a colonoscopy and temporarily handed over power to Vice President Kamala Harris.

“You can’t let it all go [news] on him the second he gets off the gas,” Jost said.

Simu Liu hosted and Saweetie was the evening’s musical guest.


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