Rob Schmitt, host of “Wake Up America” on the conservative news network Newsmax, said on Tuesday that former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was a “sacrifice to the mob,” after he was declared guilty on three counts in the murder of George Floyd.
“They say justice is blind, I don’t think it was blind in this case at all,” Schmitt said. “I think you have political pressure, I think you have pressure from all these activist groups going into all this and I think at the end of the day people say, ‘You know what, if we acquit this guy, this city is going to burn to the ground.’”
“So you had a jury that said, ‘You know what, we’re gonna have to sacrifice this guy to the mob,’ and that’s exactly what I think happened today,” Schmitt added
Newsmax host says the jury ‘sacrificed’ Derek Chauvin to “the mob” pic.twitter.com/sDtkEOmmQW
— Jason Campbell (@JasonSCampbell) April 20, 2021
Judge Peter Cahill read the verdict on Tuesday afternoon in which the jury found Chauvin guilty of second-degree murder, second-degree manslaughter and third-degree murder.
Multiple cities had prepared heightened security for the possibility that unrest would ensue if Chauvin was acquitted. The Minneapolis Public School district cancelled all after-school activities and sport this week in anticipation of the verdict.
As soon as the verdict was announced, celebration broke out across Minneapolis, with crowds of people across the city cheering for the guilty verdict.
Multiple lawmakers also reacted to news of the verdict soon after it was announced.
“The jury’s verdict delivers accountability for Derek Chauvin, but not justice for George Floyd. Real justice for him and too many others can only happen when we build a nation that fundamentally respects the human dignity of every person,” Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersOvernight Energy: Treasury creates hub to fight climate change through finance | Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce ‘Green New Deal for Public Housing’ | Don’t attack Zoom for its Bernie Sanders federal tax bill Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez introduce ‘Green New Deal for Public Housing’ MORE (I-Vt.) tweeted.
The jury’s verdict delivers accountability for Derek Chauvin, but not justice for George Floyd. Real justice for him and too many others can only happen when we build a nation that fundamentally respects the human dignity of every person. https://t.co/JyJFztQbDu
— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) April 20, 2021
GOP Rep. Brian FitzpatrickBrian K. FitzpatrickHouse passes bill to prevent violence in health care workplaces House panel opens probe into Tom Reed over sexual misconduct allegations Fitzpatrick replaces Tom Reed as House Problem Solvers co-chair MORE (Penn.) tweeted, “The American justice system works. Today, due process was followed, and justice was served.”
The American justice system works. Today, due process was followed, and justice was served.
— Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (@RepBrianFitz) April 20, 2021