Stephen Colbert Suggests Ending Right To Self-Defense After Rittenhouse Acquittal; Ted Cruz Responds

“The Late Show” host Stephen Colbert suggested ending the right to self-defense during his Monday monologue, reacting to the verdict in the case of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and injured a third when he was attacked last year. “The big news on Friday was that after being accused of crossing state lines, killing two people and wounding another last year during a Black Lives Matter protest, Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts,” the host said, according to Fox News. “Cards on the table, I am not a legal expert so I can’t tell you whether or not Kyle Rittenhouse broke the law,” Colbert continued. “But I can tell you this, if he didn’t break the law we should change the law.” As highlighted by Fox News, “Wisconsin law allows someone to use deadly force only if ‘necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm,’ which the jury found to be true in Rittenhouse’s case.” Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) reacted to Colbert’s monologue via social media on Tuesday, posting, “Rich Democrats believe you have no right to defend yourself from an angry mob.” “He was being violently attacked by three dangerous felons; a jury of his peers found that Kyle Rittenhouse acted in self-defense,” Cruz said.

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