opinion

“Perry Mason,” it ain’t.

Nor “Absence of Malice.”

And certainly not “12 Angry Men.”

No, what radical leftists at Arizona State University would have you believe is that there are thousands of students, faculty and employees on the main campus in Tempe who stand united in “righteous anger” against an 18-year-old.

That teen is Kyle Rittenhouse, recently acquitted on two counts of murder and other charges by a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Defense attorneys assembled a strong case for self-defense, and the jury agreed after deliberating for more than 25 hours over the course of four days.

In the aftermath of the verdict, Rittenhouse sat down for an in-depth interview with Tucker Carlson of Fox News. Among the revelations was the news that Rittenhouse had enrolled at ASU as an online student and was looking forward to continuing his studies on campus.

Right on cue, the usual suspects responded in outrage, issuing a list of demands that included the exclusion of “racist murderer” Kyle Rittenhouse from attending classes in Tempe. To underscore their intent, the activists scheduled a rally and protest for Dec. 1 at the leisurely hour of 3:30 p.m. so as not to interrupt sleep schedules nor breakfast and lunch.

If you believe the above assessment is uncharitable, as it omits the possibility that those students might be in class earlier, it is evident that few, if any, of these young leftists excel in reading comprehension. Certainly, they are in urgent need of a remedial refresher in basic civics.

Consider this excerpt from their “List of Demands”: 

“Even with a not-guilty verdict from a flawed ‘justice’ system, Kyle Rittenhouse is still guilty to his victims and the families of those victims. Join us to demand from ASU that these demands be met to protect students from a violent, blood-thirsty murderer.”

Not only are these “leaders of tomorrow” unschooled in the precepts of our system of justice, they have no reservations about impugning the character of someone found not guilty by a jury of his peers.

Then again, they could cite a “highly placed source” for their unfair and untrue description of Kyle Rittenhouse. After all, it was none other than Joe Biden — before he took up occupancy at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue — who included images and video of Rittenhouse in a tweet excoriating Donald Trump for failing to “disavow white supremacists.”

Attaching the label of white supremacy to a then-17-year-old gave “journalists” the signal to join in. Despite the fact that the attackers Rittenhouse shot in self-defense were all Caucasian, the “white supremacist” description remained throughout the campaign and subsequent trial.

Further court action is possible. However, the anticipated cases will be initiated by Rittenhouse and his attorneys against Biden and ol’ Joe’s media lackeys for libel, slander and defamation.

Could similar legal action be taken against ASU and some of its students?

Perhaps.

Maybe that’s why university President Michael Crow has remained silent thus far.

Instead, a university spokesperson recently intoned that Rittenhouse is “not currently enrolled in any classes at ASU” and that Kyle “has not gone through the ASU admissions process.”

Crow has co-authored a book this year entitled “Public Values Leadership: Striving to Achieve Democratic Ideals.”

If Rittenhouse’s withdrawal from ASU is indicative of what Crow envisions as the “New American University,” maybe the his most recent literary offering should be amended to more accurately reflect reality. “Striving to Achieve Democrat Ideals” seems more accurate in the case of Arizona State.  

PT