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CNN’s Jeffrey Toobin Says Kyle Rittenhouse is Lucky It’s Not ‘Illegal to Be an Idiot’

Mediaite logo Mediaite 11/10/2021 Josh Feldman

CNN chief legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin said on air Wednesday Kyle Rittenhouse is lucky he’s not on trial for being “an idiot.”

Rittenhouse has been charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and first-degree attempted intentional homicide for shooting three people in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year — killing two and injuring the third individual. His legal team has argued he acted in self-defense.

The judge presiding over Rittenhouse’s trial erupted on prosecutors during the trial for going beyond the scope in their line of questioning. There was a fair amount of outrage at the prosecutors for their handling of the case.

During CNN’s coverage of the trial, Toobin weighed in and said that Rittenhouse is an “idiot.”

“What kind of idiot 17-year-old gets a giant gun and goes to a riot? He has no license, he has no training, he thinks he’s going to scrub graffiti off with his AR-15?” he asked.

“I mean, the stupidity of this is like — what could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot went wrong,” Toobin continued.

Video: President Biden under scrutiny over past Rittenhouse comments (FOX News)

However, he went on to say that it’s good news for Rittenhouse that he’s “not on trial for being an idiot” and may ultimately have “a plausible case of self-defense.”

He’s on trial for homicide, and in that respect… this is a tough case for the prosecution because it does seem like he has a plausible case of self-defense. If it were illegal to be an idiot, the jails would be even more crowded than they are now. Homicide’s a different matter and, you know, he may have a defense here.

Rittenhouse himself testified Wednesday and the trial had to take a pause after he broke down crying on the stand.

You can watch Toobin’s comments above, via CNN.

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