Media figures went wild on Wednesday with accusations of bias on the part of Kyle Rittenhouse trial Judge Bruce Schroeder after his ringtone erupted in the courtroom — allegedly to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” though others heard “Southern Cross” by Crosby, Stills, and Nash.
The moment occurred as the Kyle Rittenhouse defense tried to argue that the prosecution was deliberately trying to cause a mistrial by breaking several pre-trial orders to cover up for their lousy performance in the hopes of a do-over.
Coming back from lunch, Kyle Rittenhouse's defense team argues that the prosecution is purposely aiming for a mistrial.
Meanwhile, the judge's phone rings. The ringtone is Lee Greenwood's patriotic anthem "God Bless the U.S.A" pic.twitter.com/xGY3dJd4e4
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) November 10, 2021
Since Lee Greenwood’s Fourth of July anthem was frequently played at former President Trump’s rallies (Greenwood also played at Trump’s inauguration), media figures said the ringtone signaled the judge’s political bias in favor of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Judge Schroeder’s phone rings in the middle of the Rittenhouse trial, and it just happens to be the theme song from the Trump rallies when he walks on stage. Go figure. pic.twitter.com/3LE44QwNkB
— Ron Filipkowski (@RonFilipkowski) November 10, 2021
this is literally Trump's theme song https://t.co/g7ynaQsPmc
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 10, 2021
BREAKING: Judge Schroeder’s cellphone ringtone was audible during the trial – and it was “God Bless the USA” – the same song Trump plays on stage at his rallies…
Retweet if he needs to be REPLACED for showing BIAS that favors the Defense? ✋
— Jon Cooper 🇺🇸 (@joncoopertweets) November 10, 2021
NEW: During Kyle Rittenhouse's trial, Judge Bruce Schroeder's phone went off. The ringtone was "God Bless the USA," a song by Trump supporter Lee Greenwood, who performed at Trump's inauguration. The song was Trump's campaign song in 2016 and 2020.
— No Lie with Brian Tyler Cohen (@NoLieWithBTC) November 10, 2021
"God Bless the USA" is the opening song played at every Trump rally.
Lee Greenwood literally sang it at Trump's inauguration.
It is the ringtone of the judge in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. https://t.co/HpqpTj56ud
— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) November 10, 2021
The judge presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial apparently forgot to silence his cellphone when the proceedings returned from lunch, revealing to the world that his ringtone is Lee Greenwood’s cheesy patriotic anthem “God Bless the U.S.A.” https://t.co/qPykKuV8PM
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) November 10, 2021
The judge's "Proud to be an American" by Lee Greenwood ringtone interrupting the trial is the part of the script I would have cut
— Matt Braunger (@Braunger) November 10, 2021
The judge’s phone rang during the Rittenhouse trial
It was Trump’s theme song which played every time he was on stage. I kid you not
Same judge who just aggressively yelled at the prosecutor, prohibited him from calling the victims victims & is acting like Kyle’s defense lawyer
— Lindy Li (@lindyli) November 10, 2021
The #KyleRittenhouse judge’s cellphone ringtone is Lee Greenwood's patriotic anthem "God Bless the USA" used by Trump at every MAGA rally… you couldn’t make this sh*t up?! #KyleRittenhouse pic.twitter.com/MoTKkT6ddy
— Anthony Davis (@theanthonydavis) November 10, 2021
However, others heard Crosby, Stills, and Nash’s “Southern Cross.”
Actually listening to it again I believe it was the Southern Cross by Crosby Stills and Nash which is even better! https://t.co/UHNLzhMPB9
— Bo Duncan (@Da1uLove2H8) November 10, 2021
I thought the judge's ringtone was Southern Cross by Crosby Stills Nash and Young…. that'd probably be worse than Lee Greenwood, huh. ὄ #RittenhouseTrial
— Torrey M. Spears 🇺🇸 (@torreymspears) November 10, 2021
Southern Cross. https://t.co/wLP6cbAzi8
— Lisa Ann (@lisa_roatch) November 10, 2021
And the #Judge's phone just went off during the motion.
— Chesty Puller's Ghost (@ChestyPullerGst) November 10, 2021
— Jim 🇺🇸💯🙏👩🏻🚒 (@NYROYALKING) November 10, 2021
Here are the two songs, for comparison:
This post has been updated.