Right-wing media lash out after murder conviction in George Floyd case

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Citation Audrey Bowler / Media Matters

On April 20, former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin was found guilty of murdering George Floyd. Conservative media predictably responded by lashing out at the guilty verdict.

Since Floyd’s murder in May 2020, right-wing media smeared his character to suggest drugs were the main factor in his death, defended Chauvin’s actions, and attacked mass civil rights protests with racist characterizations and conspiracy theories.

Following the guilty verdict, right-wing media outlets and figures insisted that the trial was not fair because the jury was intimidated by threats of protests, “mob rule,” and public comments made by Democrats including President Joe Biden and Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA). Conservative media also defended Chauvin’s actions -- or insisted that evidence wasn’t presented to a standard to convict -- and complained about calls for structural reforms to the criminal justice system.

Insisting that the trial was not fair due to the threat of protests, “mob rule,” and pressure from Waters and Biden

Newsmax host Rob Schmitt claimed that the jury decided to “sacrifice” Chauvin to “the mob.”

Infowars’ Paul Joseph Watson:

The Daily Wire’s Matt Walsh:

One America News’ Jack Posobiec claimed that “jurors may have feared for their lives” after statements by Waters and others and that “all of this amounts to what would be considered jury tampering.”

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Citation From the April 20, 2021, programming on One America News

Turning Point Action’s Ryan Fournier:

Conservative radio host Todd Starnes:

Conservative radio host Ben Ferguson:

The Columbia Bugle:

Suggesting that Chauvin should not have been found guilty based on the evidence 

On Fox News, host Greg Gutfeld claimed, “I'm glad that he was found guilty on all charges, even if he might not be guilty of all charges.”

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Citation From the April 20, 2021, edition of Fox News' The Five

The Gateway Pundit’s Cassandra Fairbanks:

Right-wing commentator Mike Cernovich:

Complaining about calls for structural reforms to the criminal justice system

Radio host Erick Erickson:

Conservative radio host Steve Deace:

Breitbart’s Joel Pollak:

Right-wing podcaster Stephen L. Miller: