House Democrat Caucus Chair Rep. Hakeem Jeffries is calling for Kyle Rittenhouse to be arrested and thrown into jail for the rest of his life. I guess the evidence piling up to prove Rittenhouse's innocence just doesn't matter?
“Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key,” Jeffries tweeted.
Lock up Kyle Rittenhouse and throw away the key.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@hakeemjeffries) November 10, 2021
However, after voicing his opinion, he was met with major pushback on Twitter. He must have forgotten that he is a critic of the criminal justice system in America and often outspoken about how too many citizens are jailed.
In 2020 he tweeted, “End. Mass. Incarceration. Defund The Prison Industrial Complex,” and earlier this year he declared that mass incarceration is a "stain on our democracy."
End. Mass. Incarceration.
Defund The Prison Industrial Complex.
— Hakeem Jeffries (@hakeemjeffries) June 29, 2020
Social media users quickly went to work in calling out his hypocrisy:
"This you?" one person replied with a screenshot of Jeffries' 2020 tweet.
This you? pic.twitter.com/BbsaKaeiXb
— Dan O'Donnell (@DanODonnellShow) November 10, 2021
"For someone who has (rightly) dedicated much of his work to reforming the criminal justice system, this is really disappointing. Principles should remain consistent, no matter how unsympathetic you find the defendant to be. Otherwise they’re meaningless," wrote another.
For someone who has (rightly) dedicated much of his work to reforming the criminal justice system, this is really disappointing.
Principles should remain consistent, no matter how unsympathetic you find the defendant to be. Otherwise they’re meaningless.
— Billy Binion (@billybinion) November 11, 2021
“What changed dude?” one tweeter questioned.
— NKLyles (@LylesNk) November 11, 2021
Another person replied, "This is why politicians rarely accomplish criminal justice reform. Because they always abandon principles in the name of politics."
This is why politicians rarely accomplish criminal justice reform. Because they always abandon principles in the name of politics.
— Christie Smythe (@ChristieSmythe) November 10, 2021
Fox News senior editor Will Ricciardella really called Jeffries out when he noted, “This is a sitting congressman commenting on a jury trial as it happens. Very disturbing."
Very disturbing indeed.
This is a sitting congressman commenting on a jury trial as it happens. Very disturbing. https://t.co/8UeytpcUlg
— Will Ricciardella (@WillRicci) November 10, 2021
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