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Thursday, April 22, 2021

[A]fter a year of national and international scrutiny into George Floyd's death, many on the right have settled on a new culprit worthy of their scorn: members of a jury in Hennepin County, Minn., whom some conservatives perceive as cowards. It's an argument predicated on the idea that the evidence was on Chauvin's side -- reality notwithstanding -- and those rascally jurors put the facts aside in order to prevent social unrest.

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The Florida Republican appeared on Fox News the night of the verdict and heard Laura Ingraham raise the prospect of jurors voting guilty because of fear of possible violence. Gov. Ron DeSantis said, "[I]f that's what a lot of people think, and I don't know what happened with this verdict, but if that's something that can potentially happen, where you basically have justice made meted out because the jury is scared of what a mob may do?"

Trump campaign lawyer Jenna Ellis argued, for example, that jurors must've been "influenced" by leftist "social-justice warriors." Soon after, Tucker Carlson added, "The jury in the Derek Chauvin trial came to a unanimous and unequivocal verdict this afternoon: 'Please don't hurt us.'"

Virginia state Sen. Amanda Chase, a leading Republican candidate for governor this year, said the guilty verdict made her "sick," adding that she believes the jurors in the case didn't acquit the murder because they feared a violent backlash.

In other words, after a year of national and international scrutiny into George Floyd's death, many on the right have settled on a new culprit worthy of their scorn: members of a jury in Hennepin County, Minn., whom some conservatives perceive as cowards.

The idea that the jurors did their duty, honored their oaths, evaluated the case on the merits, and rendered a fair judgment based on the evidence and the law is apparently too fanciful for some on the right to believe.

The depths today's Trumpist conservatives are willing to go has absolutely no bottom. Billions of people not only saw the video of George Floyd's execution but also witnessed global protests of countless millions upon millions taking to the streets in the middle of a global pandemic in response to what they saw.

What remains unsaid inside the misplaced sentiments and obliviousness of those finding fault with the jury's verdict is the fact that the only reason many feared massive potentially destructive rioting should the jury have found Chauvin not guilty was indeed the fact that everyone already knew - due to the video - that he was indeed guilty beyond any reasonable person's doubt.

#1 | Posted by tonyroma at 2021-04-22 10:17 AM | Reply

This isn't a surprise.

The "party of law and order" has also convinced themselves their insurrection wasn't really that bad.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2021-04-22 10:36 AM | Reply

So blue lives matter to them again?

Is there a website or newsletter that gives a status update?

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-04-22 02:20 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

insurrection wasn't really that bad.

#2 | Posted by jpw at 2021-04-22 10:36 AM | Reply | Flag:

According to the orange sh*tstain they were hugging and kissing the police*
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*with a fire extinguisher and metal poles with thing blue line flags on them.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-04-22 02:22 PM | Reply

The video of Chauvin kneeling on Floyd's neck for more than nine minutes speaks for itself. This was murder. Any other conclusion ignores the icy cruel reality of what is shown in that video.

#5 | Posted by moder8 at 2021-04-22 03:45 PM | Reply

I haven't heard too much criticism of this verdict from right-wingers on The Drudge Retort.

How are things over on the Discord channel, is there discontent among the right-wing faithful at the guilty verdict, that they only share in their Safe Space?

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-22 03:51 PM | Reply

Brett Favre: It's Hard to Believe' Derek Chauvin Intentionally Killed George Floyd
news.yahoo.com

None of our right-wingers share Brett's opinion?

#7 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-04-22 04:26 PM | Reply

Being a long-time trial watcher, the fact that the jury came back in only 10 hours, and found him guilty on all counts speaks to the overwhelming strength of the prosecution's case, in particular the bystander video, as well as the masterful job done by the prosecutors of painting the picture with great witnesses. Even the prosecution's expert witnesses, who usually put juries to sleep, were great. The pulmonologist was the best expert witness I've ever seen, he was so straight forward and relatable. If the jury was honestly afraid of rioting, they would have spent a lot longer in deliberations and then come back with a guilty verdict on the manslaughter charge, as if they were throwing the "mob" a bone. This verdict smacks of legitimacy.

#8 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-22 04:31 PM | Reply

They're blaming George Floyd as well.

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"If only he had calmly put his hands behind his back like Chauvin did..."
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#9 | Posted by Pirate at 2021-04-22 04:32 PM | Reply

Gov. Ron DeSantis said, "[I]f that's what a lot of people think, and I don't know what happened with this verdict, but if that's something that can potentially happen, where you basically have justice made meted out because the jury is scared of what a mob may do?"

#1 | Posted by tonyroma

The funny part is that desantis and his entire party governs based on fear of trump's mob.

They won't even stand up against treason or insurrection out of fear that his mob will take away their cush jobs.

#10 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-04-22 06:28 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

@#10

You beat me to saying the same thing.

Though I would have said, "Gov DeSantis" and "fmr Pres Trump."

And I might have said "fmr Pres Trump's base" instead of trump's mob.

Otherwise, your comment is spot on.


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#11 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-04-22 08:03 PM | Reply

Yea right.

Like kneeling on someone neck for 9+ minutes, 3 min after he lost his life (iaw dr. Toobin), just maybe could be illegal.

This crime can stand on its own.

#12 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-04-23 12:22 AM | Reply

"The depths today's Trumpist conservatives are willing to go has absolutely no bottom."

Never did.

Amoral hypocrites, th' whole damn lot of 'em.

#13 | Posted by Angrydad at 2021-04-23 07:29 AM | Reply

#10 I would disagree. DeathSantis and the GQP didn't have to pass anti-First Amendment and anti-voting bills to placate the MAGAt domestic terrorists; they seem to be a lot more afraid of mythical ANTIFA and African Americans who protest and vote.

#14 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-23 11:14 AM | Reply

I will add one more thing, the GQP doesn't like the jury system, because it can be a crap shoot. That's why they're speaking out against the jury. Too many of the great unwashed, in particular people of color, wind up on juries, and they tend to have a far different filter than does the racist, sexist, homophobic, authoritarian GQP.

#15 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-04-23 04:31 PM | Reply

Alternative facts say Chauvin just bought Floyd a beer and he choked on it. What's wrong with that?

#16 | Posted by SomebodyElse at 2021-04-23 05:19 PM | Reply

Looks as if Chauvin is a serial suffocator. Turns out he did this before, back in 2017.

DOJ weighs charging Chauvin for 2017 incident involving Black teen: Source

Late last year, as a team of Minnesota state prosecutors was preparing for the trial that would ultimately convict former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin of murdering George Floyd, they received a series of videos depicting Chauvin's handling of another case three years earlier that by their own description shocked them.

The videos, from Sept. 4, 2017, allegedly showed Chauvin striking a Black teenager in the head so hard that the boy needed stitches, then allegedly holding the boy down with his knee for nearly 17 minutes, and allegedly ignoring complaints from the boy that he couldn't breathe.

#17 | Posted by AMERICANUNITY at 2021-04-23 07:30 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The belief in an ever-widening anti-white middle class conspiracy is the core tenet of today's Q-loon Republican Party. I don't see a way forward for the party with the concrete shoes of the conspiracist kooks weighing it down. You have to sign away common sense to stay in good stead with the wacko purists.

#18 | Posted by cbob at 2021-04-24 10:43 AM | Reply

"Turns out he did this before, back in 2017."

Turns out we have the right guy this time and he will never do it again because he will never work as a policeman again and he will be behind bars for a long long time.

That is to say at least he won't be getting paid by the state to do it again.

#19 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-04-24 12:55 PM | Reply

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