The Australian’s Cameron Stewart says the Kyle Rittenhouse case is an “absolute tinder box” which has “cleaved American politics down the middle”.

It comes after the US teenager who shot and killed two men during racial justice protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was found not guilty on all charges.

“You can’t think of a case that was better scripted to divide America,” Mr Stewart told Sky News host Sharri Markson.

“What’s going to happen in the next 48 hours is going to be crucial in America to see whether this is going to be a bit of a blip or whether it is going to start yet again another cycle of violence on the streets which we saw last year with George Floyd.”

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