The Lawsuits Begin – Rittenhouse File $60M Defamation Suit Against Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg
In what is sure to be the first of many, Rittenhouse is now going after Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg for their remarks against him, claiming they were defamation in nature. Kyle and his mom have pulled the trigger on a lawsuit against The View’s Joy Behar and Whoopi Goldberg. According to the family’s spokesman, Joe Barron, the Rittenhouse expect a quick and large settlement:
“The Rittenhouse family has been through hell at the hands of these evil Democrats. They were ripped apart on their partisan, biased opinion show and they will have retribution.”
Behar and Goldberg have repeatedly said that what Rittenhouse did was wrong, and Behar even said that his mother sent him across state lines with a gun. As we saw in the trial, Rittenhouse never crossed state lines with a weapon; he was given his gun in Wisconsin, which is why such charges were dropped against him. But if you are a liberal, you think you can throw out lies, hope one of them sticks; it looks like now there is a consequence for this.
While it is a constitutionally protected right to have free speech, you don’t have a right, nor are you protected if you purposefully defame someone, which is what we saw with celebrities and news sites.
We are seeing the first hammer drop against Whoopy and Joy, one can only hope the consequences of their actions will make them finally think before they speak, but they are liberals; one is doubtful they are capable of such things.
We now hope that he goes after CNN, MSNBC, politicians, gather momentum as he goes, rolling up all these people that thought it was OK to slander without facts.
Some say that he is not given this right because he put himself out there as a public personality, but that is not technically true, he was thrust into such a position unwittingly and unwillingly, he was put in this place by politicians and the press, he does have a right to go after them for disinformation and slander.
If courts were to conclude that Rittenhouse is called a “limited public figure,” Rittenhouse will have to prove that these companies and individuals acted with “actual malice” — that is, with reckless disregard for the truth. For some false allegations, he would have to show how they damaged his reputation. But specific claims where he was wrongly accused of a felony — factual errors — would no doubt damage his reputation.
Since many high-profile people voiced their thoughts before, during, and after the trial, it would be an extremely long article to list anyone who defamed Rittenhouse. That being said, here is by no means an exhaustive list of everyone he could sue for defamation.
CNN and MSNBC should be the next victim on the chopping block; if you look at what their so-called reporters said, you will find there is more than enough to have them all empty their pockets:
LEMON: The role of vigilantism, a key factor in the trials playing out in Wisconsin and in Georgia. But what does it have to do with January 6 and the rioters who stormed the Capitol? Let’s get right to it now. CNN political commentator Bakari Sellers and CNN legal analyst Elliot Williams are both here. Good evening to both of you. Happy Friday. Happy Friday. Bakari, I want you to look at all the people at the center of these incidents: the January 6 insurrectionists, Kyle Rittenhouse, the three men charged with killing Ahmaud Arbery. What is the through line that you see?
BAKARI: I think, Don, you pointed out something in the word vigilantism. You’re seeing that individuals are taking what they believe to be misdeeds in their own hands. You have people storm the Capitol because they felt like the government wasn’t doing their job.
You had people in Kenosha or Rittenhouse in Kenosha allowing his mom to take him across state lines with AR-15, which still blows my mind because, I mean, my mom asks me if I had McDonald’s money. So, I can’t even imagine asking her if she would take me across state lines with an AR-15. But that’s a whole another story about where is his father and because the government was not doing their job. And in Georgia, you had individuals who thought Ahmaud Arbery was breaking into homes or trespassing, and the government wasn’t doing their job. And so, there is this through-line where white men feel as if they have to take, you know, this vigilantism into their hands, and this is what happens, bloodshed.
On November 11, 2021, in a now-deleted tweet, CBS said Rittenhouse admitted to murdering two men in self-defense.
“Kyle Rittenhouse testified in his own murder trial yesterday, breaking down in tears as he told the jury he murdered two men.
- On November 16, 2021, MSNBC’s Joy Reid did a segment comparing the Rittenhouse trial and the Arbery trial and asked if the cases will serve as proof that white men can act as “executioners.” She also called Rittenhouse a “teenage vigilante.” The Title on MSNBC’s YouTube clip of the segment is also titled “Joy Reid: Two Cases Will Tell Us If Armed, Primarily White Men Can Be Judge, Jury, Executioner” and seems to assume guilt. [emphasis added]
- During the trial, MSNBC’s Joe Scarborough falsely claimed Rittenhouse’s mother of drove him “across state lines” before “unloading 60 rounds.” Scarborough also said Rittenhouse “appointed himself a militia member.” He later corrected himself on Twitter saying he misspoke and meant to say he unloaded rounds in “60 seconds.” But the damage via broadcast was arguably already done.
Twitter and television do not necessarily attract the same audience or demographic. Scarborough’s online “retraction” got a few hundred reactions at most compared to probably 500K to a million views on television.
- On Saturday after Rittenhouse’s acquittal, MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross took aim at Reps. Matt Gaetz [R-FL] and Paul Gosar [R-AZ] for suggestions Rittenhouse could be a congressional intern. The MSNBC “Cross Connection” host then referred to Rittenhouse as a “little murderous white supremacist” in her critique.
She said: [emphasis added]
The fact that white supremacists roam the halls of Congress freely and celebrate this little murderous white supremacist, and the fact that he gets to walk the streets freely, it lets you know these people have access to instituting laws, they represent the legislative branch of this country.
This does not include the Daily Beast, New York Times, ABC News, and Facebook who forced a label on Rittenhouse’s posts labeling him a mass murderer.
Rep. Ayanna Pressley [D-MA]
- On August 26, 2020, the day after the shootings and well before the trial and verdict, Pressley took to Twitter to call Rittenhouse a “terrorist.”
“A 17-year-old white supremacist domestic terrorist drove across state lines, armed with an AR15. He shot and killed two people who had assembled to affirm the value, dignity, and worth of Black lives. Fix your damn headlines,” she tweeted. [emphasis added]
Rep. Ilhan Omar [D-MN]
Omar tweeted on August 27, 2020, saying Rittenhouse “executed two people,” calling him a domestic terrorist. She said: [emphasis added]
A domestic terrorist executed two people, and according to Tucker and his supporters this is “maintaining order.”Their murderous rants have inspired many mass shooters and now they aren’t even trying to distance themselves from it, they are excusing it. God help us.
Rep. Cori Bush [D-MO]
- On Oct. 26, 2021, Bush called Rittenhouse a “white supremacist murderer.”
“The white supremacist murderer is ‘just a kid,’ but the victims who were standing up for Black lives are ‘rioters,’ ‘looters,’ and ‘arsonists.’ That’s how much this injustice system values Black lives. That’s how deeply rooted white supremacy is in our society,” she said. [emphasis added]
- Then, after Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges on November 19, Bush doubled down and called him a “murderer” again.
She tweeted: [emphasis added]
The judge. The jury. The defendant. It’s white supremacy in action.This system isn’t built to hold white supremacists accountable. It’s why Black and brown folks are brutalized and put in cages while white supremacist murderers walk free. I’m hurt. I’m angry. I’m heartbroken.
There was also Eric Swalwell, Rep. Jamaal Bowman [D-NY], to name a few, and let’s not forget the biggest one, Joe Biden.
Biden could face a civil defamation suit from newly-acquitted Rittenhouse for calling him a “white supremacist” last year — without evidence, and before Biden was able to enjoy the immunities of the presidential office.
Rittenhouse’s mother, Wendy, criticized Biden for doing so, accusing him of defaming her son.
“I was so angry for a while at him, and what he did to my son, he defamed him,” Rittenhouse’s mother said in an interview with Fox News host Sean Hannity.
Rittenhouse could keep busy for the next ten years and come out with more money than most of us could imagine; one can only hope he does, hurting these people in the one place they will pay attention to, their pocketbooks.
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