Rittenhouse Trial Judge’s ‘Asian Food’ Comments Sparks Cries of Racism

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 09: Circuit court Judge Bruce E. Schroeder examines photographs taken by freelance photographer Nathan DuBruin is of and after unrest in Kenosha, during the Kyle Rittenhouse trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 9, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three demonstrators, …
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Leftist internet trolls have been crying racism in response to Kyle Rittenhouse trial Judge Bruce Schroeder’s reference to “Asian food” on Thursday as the court went into recess.

The alleged “faux pas” happened as Judge Schroeder dismissed the court for lunch on Thursday afternoon, during which he mocked President Joe Biden’s supply chain crisis at Asian food’s expense.

“Let’s hope for one o’clock, I don’t know, the uh, hope the Asian food isn’t coming — it isn’t on one of those boats in Long Beach Harbor,” he said.

KENOSHA, WISCONSIN - NOVEMBER 11: Kyle Rittenhouse, right, and his attorney Corey Chirafisi listen during the trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three demonstrators, killing two of them, during a night of unrest that erupted in Kenosha after a police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back while being arrested in August 2020. Rittenhouse, from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 at the time of the shooting and armed with an assault rifle. He faces counts of felony homicide and felony attempted homicide. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

Kyle Rittenhouse, right, and his attorney Corey Chirafisi listen during the trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)

The outrage came swift, nearly 24 hours after the internet lost its collective mind over the judge’s ringtone, which may or may not have been Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA” or “Southern Cross” by ultra-left-wing Crosby, Stills, and Nash.

“Judge in Kyle Rittenhouse trial makes inappropriate Asian food joke,” headlined CNN.

John Yang, president and executive director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice-AAJC, told the far-left outlet that the judge’s joke will put the Asian community “in the crosshairs of micro aggressions as well as actual physical violence,” stressing that the comments indicate the judge’s lack of “cultural sensitivity.”

“Any Asian American that sees or hears his statement will understand that he is making fun of or mocking our community,” Yang said. “This is a great illustration of how Asian Americans are not immune from racial bias and discrimination in our criminal justice system.”

“All I can say is, Ugh. Old racist stereotypes die hard,” added Columbia University professor Mae Ngai.

The echo chamber of the Twitterverse did little to quell the torrent of hot takes decrying the judge as an apologetic racist.

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