Aside from obv irresponsible gun use, it's another example of this prosecutor's bad strategic calls. The facts of this case do not require such a demonstration. It risks putting some jurors off a conviction.

Either way, I predict rioting. Bc no one can call off rioters now...
There was a time, in recent years, where the instigators of #StochasticTerrorism eg Trump could've called off their self-sacrificing minions, but we have passed that point.

1/6 had a lot to do with it. A week prior, I predicted the riot & that he wdn't be able to call them off
What I didn't predict was the extent of the terrorist violence on 1/6, and that he would have no intention of using his powers as POTUS to forcibly bring the rioting to an end.

Others had to do that, and it took hours and hours to do.
To me, that was the central crime of Trump's that was apparent on the day. That for any other large protest in DC, all the federal, state, and local law enforcement and if necessary, military, jointly plan and secure the area BEFOREHAND, with others on meaningful standby.
Trump's dereliction of duty in this regard requires no further witness testimony or documentation to convince me that he intended for the terrorist attack to occur and be unable to be stopped in a timely fashion. Personnel capable of that were hampered by Trump & his henchmen.
So now, Americans will have to live with the domestic terrorism clock always sitting at 11.59pm, until democracy can be rebuilt, and strengthened. That starts with passing voting rights reform bills and doing a bunch of other stuff, ASAP.

And winning the midterms in <12 months.
I'm now a swing voter and will remain so for life. Think of my support for Democrat candidates as a loan, of sorts. I will be a conservative purple for the blue wave unless and until there is a viable opposition party that respects the US Constitution.

And that's true of all the other countries that I follow, incl the one I can actually vote in, New Zealand.

Every OECD country's supposed right wing main party is #ProCovid to varying extents. That's a deal breaker for me.

God, I may have to vote for PM Jacinda Ardern.😒
The right wing / conservative parties have left people like me with no choice. NZ's Covid response has many issues I highlight on a regular basis, but at least they care more about saving my life than the opposition party does.

True conservatism is scientifically competent.
Conservative-ish parties that deny epidemiological science and say they're for "freedom" are choosing their own narrow political interests ahead of public safety.

I cannot possibly vote for them.

Leaders who choose science pay a high electoral price.
It's similar to when Churchill chose national self defense over sparing the lives of French Navy personnel in the attack on the French Fleet at Oran, July 3, 1940.

Leaders face tough choices in a pandemic, and in war.…
During a pandemic, the last thing the US needed was a terrorist attack on the seat of federal government, with a well-funded ongoing insurgency campaign. In this context, the outcome of the Rittenhouse trial matters.

I fear an acquittal, because of the message it would send.
I have come to understand the principles of the #BlackLivesMatter movement and to agree with them.

Violence is never an acceptable political tool, IMO.

The far right dominated R party has cheerily negated it's ability to call out violence by others. All bets are off.
If the aftermath of this trial results in a curfew in Kenosha or anywhere else, please respect it.

Individual police agencies feel fine about deliberately pushing opposing armed groups into the same area.

In those places, get home before the curfew, to fight another day.

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