Attacks against the judge began on Wednesday after Schroeder’s phone went off during the trial. Many people speculated that the song that played was Lee Greenwood’s 1984 song “God Bless The USA.”
Because of his ringtone, people accused the judge of being biased for allegedly having a “Trump rally anthem” on his phone.
Vanity Fair went so far as to call Schroeder “the actual worst,” listing the ringtone as a “coup de grâce.”
The accusations escalated when frequent MSNBC guest Elie Mystal called Schroeder a “racist” judge for having a “Trump rally cellphone” ring.
“He has made a series of decisions, each one perhaps may be defensible but in totality lead to the impression of a biased, racist judge with his Trump rally cellphone that is trying to get Rittenhouse a walk,” Mystal said.
On Thursday, the attacks against Schroeder increased after he made a joke about the supply chain crisis before recessing.
“Let’s hope for 1 o’clock. I don’t know. I hope the Asian food isn’t coming…isn’t on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor,” Schroeder said.
Critics accused the judge of making a joke as a slight against Asian people rather than a reference to the ongoing California port issues.
CNN field reporter Julia Vargas Jones said “the media room let out a collective gasp” when the judge made the comments.
“This dude should just put on the hood and show off his Halloween costume,” Daily Beast columnist Wajahat Ali tweeted.
Frequent MSNBC guest Dr. Eric Feigl-Ding went on a lengthy Twitter thread starting with” Racist, me thinks, the judge, is. Murder trial judge for #KyleRittenhouse says—‘I hope the Asian food isn’t coming on one of those boats from Long Beach Harbor’. What a complete joke and circus this #KyleRittenhouseTrial now is.”
CNN wrote in an article that even though the judge “appeared” to be referring to the supply chain backlogs in California, the “off-color joke” is still “offensive” and “perceived as anti-Asian” by some.
“Schroeder, the longest-serving active judge in Wisconsin’s trial courts, appeared to be referring to the supply chain backlogs caused by congestion problems in California ports. But his comments were offensive and perceived as anti-Asian by some and as placing blame on Asian people for a large-scale event,” the article read.
Earlier in the week, liberals called Schroeder biased after he rebuked the prosecution for attempting to introduce testimony that was excluded from the trial.
Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, faces several charges, including two counts of first-degree intentional homicide, following his shooting of three men in Kenosha, Wisconsin during the protests that erupted after the Jacob Blake police shooting.