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Did Kyle Rittenhouse fake his cry? Trolls slam 'little coward' for emotional testimony

Kyle Rittenhouse's cries during trial go viral, turn into a moment of political football as many slam his behavior, while others rush to his defense
UPDATED NOV 11, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse becomes emotional as he testifies during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin (Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)
Kyle Rittenhouse becomes emotional as he testifies during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin (Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN: On November 10, 2021, Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand to testify at his trial, for shooting two men dead and injuring another. The moment quickly turned into a political football, as Rittenhouse appeared to burst into tears during his testimony. The deep divides in America became extremely visible, with people either slamming and trolling him, or rushing to his defense. It also led to a widespread conspiracy theory that Rittenhouse may have acted the moment out to get sympathy from the jury.

The Rittenhouse trial has quickly become the talking point all around the USA, grabbing attention like the trial of Derek Chauvin earlier this year. Things have become very interesting in Rittenhouse's trial of late after witness Gaige Grosskreutz admitted he raised his gun first at the then-17-year-old. The judge overseeing the trial, Bruce Schroeder has also drawn widespread interest, for allegedly supporting the defense. 


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So far, things don't look for the prosecution. Between the judge's controversial decisions and Grosskreutz's own admissions, they are now on the back foot and could be further set back by Rittenhouse's sudden emotional outburst. The big question people are asking is - was Rittenhouse's crying faked?

Kyle Rittenhouse becomes as he testifies during his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 10, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Mark Hertzberg-Pool/Getty Images)

Did Rittenhouse fake his cry?

On the stand, the 18-year-old recounted the fatal incident that led to the trial, when he got extremely emotional. He recounted his first interaction with Joseph Rosenbaum, who allegedly  threatened to "cut his heart out." Describing the moments before he fired the fatal shot that killed Rosenbaum on August 25, Rittenhouse broke down and was unable to speak. That led the judge to halt proceedings, giving Rittenhouse a 10-minute break to compose himself.

But, it didn't take long for social media to notice something was fishy about the breakdown. One eagle-eyed user noted there were no tears flowing, leading him to tweet, "Kyle Rittenhouse makes crying noises while his eyes mysteriously stay dry." Another noticed how he managed to take a quick look at the jury amidst the breakdown as if to see if his emotional outburst would have any effect on their verdict. The person tweeted, "I love how he tried to sneak a look a the jury after he “broke down”."



Some others also alluded to the 'Free as f--k' shirt Rittenhouse was seen wearing shortly after he was granted bail. Together, a large number of people seem to be alleging the crying was faked, in an attempt to get sympathy from the jury. Only Rittenhouse can answer whether that was the case, but it didn't stop the net from speculating.

'Facing jail time has him in tears'

"Did he attend the Brett KavaNO school of acting?" one person replied, referring to Brett Kavanaugh's breakdown during his hearing for Judge of the Supreme Court of the USA. Other users though, opted for a more direct attack on Rittenhouse. "Watching murderer, Kyle Rittenhouse, cry like the little baby bitch he is might be the most hilarious thing I've ever seen. Not so tough when you don't have a gun in your hands, eh? Little coward," one user tweeted. Another said, "I find it strange kyle rittenhouse didnt break down and cry after murdering people. But possibly facing jail time has him in tears all of a sudden." Another tweeted, "And the Academy Award goes to 17 year old, AR-15 toting, murderer, Kyle Rittenhouse. Cry me a river.."





"Innocent people don't fake cry as hard as Kyle Rittenhouse did. I mean it was some of the worst acting I've ever seen," one person commented. Another shared photos of Travis Scott's reaction to the Astroworld stampede and tweeted, "Kyle Rittenhouse trying to cry on the stand."



However, a handful of users also stepped up to defend Rittenhouse, but they were a minority. A large number of users slammed and trolled Rittenhouse for his behavior. It's unclear how it will influence the jury, but many believe it could help him walk.