Sean Hannity hosted Geraldo Rivera and Dan Bongino on Fox News Tuesday night and the usually combative pair ended up agreeing that Kyle Rittenhouse would be acquitted of the charges against him and that his actions were in self-defense.
Rivera, who is an attorney said, "My feeling about this case is that the self-defense aspect of the defense has met the burden of proof of self-defense. I think that he was in reasonable fear of his life, Rittenhouse was, and his actions, when threatened, were appropriate."
He added that he was "…fairly confident that if a verdict comes back by sometime tomorrow that he will sweep the table. He will be acquitted on all the charges. Once they did away with the possession charge, and now the curfew charge (and) left just the homicide, the murder and attempted murder, I think that Rittenhouse walks if the verdict comes tomorrow."
Rivera continued, "If it doesn't though… the jury is a smart jury, a middle-class jury… but if they don't come to a verdict tomorrow acquitting this kid, I think that they'll be negotiating, and I think it could be, it will be an uneasy time for the defendant."
Hannity commented that "It could end up with a mistrial," and pivoted to Bongino.
Bongino agreed with Rivera and said, "…there was never a case. Geraldo is right about that. There was never a case. This was always a case of self-defense. None of the elements of the crime he was charged with (were) actually met. This was a media generated event. It was never a viable criminal case. Let me be clear, never."
He then expanded, "The prosecutor in this case, who I've never seen a prosecutor do a worse job than this guy in the court…seemed to have learned things about the case during the trial. He seemed to have bought into the media narrative."
"I'll just give you two quick examples. Kyle Rittenhouse was charged with a weapons charge, a misdemeanor charge that involved a short-barreled rifle. Well, nobody thought to measure the darn rifle like 'hello, McFly,' measure the darn rifle. You idiots, you never measured the rifle and you charge this kid with a crime."
"Second, he seems stunned when questioning Rittenhouse on the stand that his dad lived in Wisconsin. He must have learned from the media that he crossed state lines and it reminded me of that scene (in the) Usual Suspects. 'We could put you in Queens and the night of the robbery.'"
"'Yeah. I live in Queens. You figure that out yourself, where you've got a team of monkeys working around the clock.' He just seemed to figure that out. Cause he learned it from the media."
The agreement ended there as Bongino called on Rivera to apologize for calling Rittenhouse a "white supremacist."
"I can't believe you fell for that ridiculous hoax. That's been debunked like 37 different ways from Sunday."
Rivera replied, "…one thing you mentioned about the rifle and the way the prosecutor picked it up, you noticed his hands. His finger was actually on the trigger and he was pointing it. I think that is a chargeable offense against the prosecutor."
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