The Kate Steinle verdict is the right’s George Zimmerman trial

The reaction to the Steinle case has certain similarities, but this time for people on the Right. Kate Steinle was an unsuspecting 32-year-old woman out for a stroll on the San Francisco waterfront when she was suddenly struck down by a bullet, which turned out to be fired from a gun held by José Garcia Zarate, a five-times-deported illegal immigrant from Mexico living in a “sanctuary city.” This fit perfectly into two big political narratives Trump supporters favor: that we’re in the middle of a runaway crime wave, and that illegal immigrants, especially from Mexico, are a major contributor to the breakdown of American society.

Now it’s their turn to be shocked and outraged after an acquittal, because their own partisan media never warned them about the weaknesses of the actual court case as it unfolded.