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Ana Navarro, commentator and contributor to various liberal media such as CNN, Telemundo and The View, is being criticized on social networks for a controversial tweet about the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the young man who is on trial for various charges, including intentional homicide, after he shot two people who attacked him during last summer’s violent riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
“Kyle Rittenhouse shot and killed Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, now 27,” Navarro-Cárdenas tweeted Nov. 10. “Think about how much their loved ones have cried, real anguish and grief, not crocodile tears,” the commentator continued regarding the anxiety attack Rittenhouse suffered during his testimony in front of the jury.
The tweet of the Nicaraguan-born commentator, who has 1,700,000 followers on Twitter, went viral and received severe criticism from hundreds of users.
One response, which already has 7,000 likes, charged Navarro for leaving out some details of the Rittenhouse case, such as that the young man was chased and attacked before firing the shots: “Funny how the only people that he shot, were people that were directly attacking him. Meanwhile, not a single bystander was harmed. If you want to bring their loved ones’ feelings into this, they should have raised them not to assault people over perceived political beliefs.”
Other comments and quotes to the commenter’s tweet were even harsher, accusing the Nicaraguan-American of choosing the side of a “pedophile,” referring to Joseph Rosenbaum, one of the men Rittenhouse allegedly murdered in self-defense.
According to an investigation by the Wisconsin Right Now website, Rosenbaum was indicted “by a grand jury with 11 counts of child molestation and inappropriate sexual activity around children, including anal rape. The victims were five boys ranging in age from nine to 11 years old.”
“Not surprised the woman who called Michael Avenatti the ‘holy spirit’ is now defending a band of criminal adults who attacked a teenager,” wrote Townhall editor and Fox News contributor Katie Pavlich. “Joseph Rosenbaum was a multi-time pedophile who anally raped a child and sexually assaulted boys ages 9-11 years old.”
Matt Walsh of the Daily Wire also accused Navarro of coming out “in support of a child raping pedophile who tried to murder a teenage boy.”
Users reacted against Ana Navarro-Cárdenas for ignoring several details of the trial
Many users also criticized Navarro for condemning Rittenhouse so lightly without taking into account all the details of the complex case.
Radio host Dana Loesch, for example, countered the commentator’s accusation by suggesting that Rittenhouse’s shooting was self-defense rather than cold-blooded homicide: “Huber, who tried to bash open a fleeing Rittenhouse’s head with his skateboard; Rosenbaum, whom the medical examiner said had his hand on the barrel trying to take his gun; or Grosskruetz in illegal possession of a handgun who pursued R and tried to shoot him in the back?”
Other criticism directed at Navarro has been in reference to the second man Rittenhouse falsely shot, Anthony Huber. According to a New York Post report, Huber accepted a charge of violent conduct and threats to kill his younger brother. The man “had a criminal history including once threatening to “gut” his brother “like a pig” while holding a butcher’s knife to his stomach,” the New York tabloid reviewed.
Rittenhouse’s attorney, Corey Chirafisi, has tried to promote the narrative to the jury that both shooting victims were very violent people, which would help the argument that the shootings were in self-defense, beyond the audiovisual evidence.
Ana Navarro, in addition to being a commentator, is a well-known political strategist of Hispanic origin. She was born in Nicaragua, but lived almost all her life in the United States and became, over time, a critic of the Republican Party after the first candidacy of the former president, Donald Trump, was made official in 2016.
The Kyle Rittenhouse case is quite complex because of the details and all the media hype it is generating. The liberal-progressive public accuses the young man of being a trigger-happy, racist and white supremacist shooter. Meanwhile, conservatives claim that Rittenhouse did nothing wrong and that he is a hero because he defended his community from violent protesters.
The trial began last November 2 and has just entered its second crucial week. On Nov. 10, the defense called Rittenhouse himself to testify in court, the 18-year-old at times could not withstand all the pressure of cross-examination and broke down in tears.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself,” the young man said in his defense, while the prosecution suffered a setback after they were verbally admonished by the judge about the line of questioning they were using when questioning Rittenhouse.
Also, the testimony of Gaige Grosskreutz, the third man shot by Rittenhouse, has become crucial in this case.
During his testimony, Grosskreutz, who is a paramedic and was armed, admitted that he followed Rittenhouse all night, whom he targeted because he thought he was an active shooter. Grosskreutz, on cross-examination by the defense, said that the defendant only fired at him once he himself put his hands down and pointed his gun at Rittenhouse. His testimony fits the narrative put forth by the defense that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.
Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón is a journalist at El American specializing in the areas of American politics and media analysis // Emmanuel Alejandro Rondón es periodista de El American especializado en las áreas de política americana y análisis de medios de comunicación.
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