Explosive Admission at Rittenhouse Trial – Video

U.S.A.-(AmmoLand.com)- On day six of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, November 8, 2021, the court video captured a particularly dramatic moment.

Gaige Grosskreutz has given testimony as a prosecution witness. He is being cross-examined by Corey Chirafisi, a defense attorney. It occurs about 2 hours and 27 minutes into this trial video on November 8, 2021. Over the next few minutes, there is this exchange:

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

So, your hands are up, and at that point he (Rittenhouse) has not fired. Correct?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

No he has not.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

Do you agree at this point, you are dropping your hands, you are loading up your left foot, and you are moving toward Mr. Rittenhouse, at that point, True?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

Yes. 

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

So, When you were shot; Can you bring up the photo? Do you agree, and now wait, how close were you, in the… How close were you, from the background.

Gaige Grosskreutz:

Three feet. If I was five feet before, so

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

At this point, you are holding a loaded chambered Glock 27 in your right hand, Yes?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

That is correct, yes.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

You are advancing on Mr. Rittenhouse, who is seated on his butt, right?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

That is correct.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

 You are moving forward and your right hand drops down so your gun, your hands are no longer up, your hand has dropped down and now your gun is pointed in the direction, at Mr. Rittenhouse, agreed?  I will give you another  (exhibit?), and maybe that will help.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

So Mr. Grosskruetz, I am going to show you what has has been marked as exhibit #67.

exhibit #67 from Rittenhouse Trial

That is a photo of you, Yes?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

Yes.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

That is Mr. Rittenhouse?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

Correct.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

Do you agree your firearm is pointed at Mr. Rittenhouse? Correct?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

 Yes.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

 Ok. And, Once your firearm is pointed at Mr. Rittenhouse, that’s when he fires, Yes?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

Yeah.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

Does this look like right when he was firing the shot?  (#67, moment of Rittenhouse’s shot)

Gaige Grosskreutz:

That looks like my bicept being vaporized, yes.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

And it was vaporized at the time you are pointing your gun directly at him?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

Yes.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

When you were standing 3-5 feet from him, with your arms up in the air, he never fired? Right?

Gaige Grosskruetz:

Correct.

Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi:

It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him,  with your gun, now your hand is down, pointed at him, that he fired? Right?

Gaige Grosskreutz:

Correct. 

The camera is pointed at Gaige Grosskreutz, We cannot see the prosecutor’s table. The camera then shows Kyle Rittenhouse for a few seconds. Then it shows the prosecutor’s table.  A dramatic image is captured, which will probably become an iconic graphic of images you do not want to present at court.

Prosecutor’s table, Kraus, left, Binger with glasses, right

Of interest, Gaige Grosskreutz showed significant function in his right arm and hand. He was able to hold and raise a water bottle, and the microphone easily, with considerable fine motor control in his fingers.

Becky Sullivan, National Public Radio (NPR) reporter and producer, who misreported information about a critical juncture of the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum, in the Rittenhouse trial, had this take on the Gaige Grosskreutz testimony. From NPR:

Updated November 8, 2021 at 3:27 PM ET

Gaige Grosskreutz, the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse last year at a chaotic demonstration in Kenosha, Wis., took the stand in a pivotal moment in Rittenhouse’s homicide trial. In three hours of dramatic testimony Monday, Grosskreutz, 27, acknowledged that he was armed with a pistol on the evening of Aug. 25, 2020, but said that his hands were raised when Rittenhouse raised his rifle at him and that he feared for his life.

Ms. Sullivan failed to mention Gaige Grosskreutz testified he was pointing his pistol at Kyle Rittenhouse when Kyle shot him.

The trial has had another day, where the prosecution witnesses appear to be defense witnesses.


Complete Live Trial Video:


About Dean Weingarten:

Dean Weingarten has been a peace officer, a military officer, was on the University of Wisconsin Pistol Team for four years, and was first certified to teach firearms safety in 1973. He taught the Arizona concealed carry course for fifteen years until the goal of Constitutional Carry was attained. He has degrees in meteorology and mining engineering and retired from the Department of Defense after a 30-year career in Army Research, Development, Testing, and Evaluation.

Dean Weingarten

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MajorMike
MajorMike (@majormike)
13 days ago

I thoroughly enjoy the use of the word “vaporized”. As a paramedic and as a critical care flight nurse (military and civilian) I have seen many, many, gunshot wounds but never have I seen an extremity muscle, such as a bicep, “vaporized”. When the bicep is severely damaged, distal function to the forearm, wrist, and hand are all dramatically affected; which seems not to be the case with Mr.Grosskreutz. Once again everything is driven by the media. The media loves the use of the word “vaporized”. It’s a much more effective fear-mongering word. Why are we allowing the “news” media… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
12 days ago
Reply to  MajorMike

Excellent observation! Good report.

james
james (@james27613)
18 days ago

Funny how prosecutor is obsessed with using AR15 but never says Glock.
He is fixated on how Kyle holds the rifle pointed at GK but how should Kyle hold the rifle since he is sitting on the ground as GK levels the Glock towards his body? Outstanding shot to the arm.

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
18 days ago
Reply to  james

Didn’t you also enjoy Blinkin’s rant about ammo selection? He spent considerable time berating Kyle for having FMJ ammo. Can only imagine the field day he’d have had if Kyle had using varmint rounds. DA claimed FMJ is for military use, designed to pass through target and just keep going. He was comparing Kyle’s FMJ choice to Grosskreutz’s HP in the Glock. Certainly confirms that ammo choice is not a factor at trial – they’ll attack you for anything. People are so clueless – I’ve been lectured by one (non-anti) person on how evil and dangerous sintered ammo is. This… Read more »

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
18 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

The prosecutor’s “ignore the judge’s rulings’ tactics, ranting attempts to introduce emotional issues, and onslaught questioning are what we would all face.
Thank God that Kyle had video tape to back him up.

Last edited 18 days ago by Wild Bill
Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
18 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Declare a mistrial, with prejudice.Then these charges could not be brought again. Why put the young man through more anguish and cost … and that would torpedo this libtard prosecutor’s career.

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
19 days ago

Listening to livestream of trial. Now the prosecutor is suggesting that one should be worried about lives of one’s attacker and not solely concerned with their own personal survival. As a bleeding heart liberal who cares about everyone and willing to help pretty much anyone — Blinger is absolutely full of it. If someone brings deadly violence, my only concerns are survival of me and mine. What befalls them (live or die) is a distant secondary consideration. In the moment I don’t have mental bandwidth to consider it at all. As bad as badgering Kyle as to why he continued… Read more »

Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
19 days ago

Finally prosecutor shows recording of Gauge Grosskreutz talking to Kyle after the shooting. Kyle clearly told Gauge he was “going to the police”. Gauge now claims he believed Kyle was an active shooter looking to shoot more people. Video absolutely destroys Gauge’s testimony.

Captain
Captain (@diamondwrap)
19 days ago

The left can’t even prosecute someone correctly, how can we ever expect them to run the country. This video tells me all I need to know!
Anyway how stupid can one person be to go up against a man armed with an AR15 when you are holding a Glock27 subcompact 40 caliber pistol. The idiot probably couldn’t have hit Rittenhouse from 5 feet with that pocket rocket.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  Captain

Yes, and now the prosecutor has pissed off the judge so much that the judge has “shouted” at the prosecutor! The worst thing that can be done is piss off the judge.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Down right catastrophic! You know what John Chipman Grey used to say, ” The Law is what the judge says it is.”

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  Captain

And thank God that they can’t. The idiot must have watched too much Hollywood … or maybe he did not know his own limitations.

uncle dudley
uncle dudley (@rockhouse)
19 days ago

The prosecutor is a real jerk and he is grasping for straws for a conviction, his own witness shot his case down, so now he is trying to get the kid crossed up but Kyle is holding his own.

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
19 days ago

right next to George Zimmernan and Derek Chauvin

Chuck
Chuck (@borasha)
19 days ago

This was a political persecution from day one, and everyone involved knew it.

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
19 days ago

I have watched the entire trial at length, thus far. I agree with you, Dean, that witnesses for the prosecution have all seemed to be witnesses for the defense. The exception was Detective Anataramian who testified based on a newly obtained higher resolution version of the drone footage that Kyle raised his gun prior to being chased by Rosenbaum. This did not prove out, as the prosecution had a video technician try and zoom/enhance this portion of the video. Next day, when the technician was done, he claimed he could not zoom/enhance that portion while presenting another portion of that… Read more »

Last edited 19 days ago by TexDad
Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

Good report.

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up (@daveeckartverizon-net)
19 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

There is no way to refute the fact that Grosskreutz reasonably believed his life to be in danger. His chasing after Rittenhouse armed with a handgun, and running at him with said firearm while Rittenhouse was on the ground being attacked, proves Grosskreutz, was not in fear of his life. One does not get into an avoidable confrontation while armed with a lethal weapon, if one’s intent was to be safe and not harm another with said lethal force. Furthermore, there is no credible self-defense or defense of others when Grosskreutz is chasing someone, along with a crowd that wants… Read more »

Last edited 19 days ago by Heed the Call-up
TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
19 days ago

Have you watched his testimony at length? Remember, the accused is presumed innocent. He testified he believed Rittenhouse was an active shooter. In the moment, could he have reasonably believed that? I guess that’s the question. His subterfuge was telling, but is it OK to use subterfuge to win a fight? Probably so. Now, he’s a liar. And he did receive an honorable mention at the Darwin Awards, so there’s that. And I’m not saying that Grosskreutz is innocent, just that he couldn’t be prosecuted successfully. Maybe Binger just didn’t want to undermine his case against the bigger fish, but… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up (@daveeckartverizon-net)
18 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

Yes, I watched his entire testimony. He could be successfully prosecuted. He admitted on the stand that he chased after Rittenhouse while armed and pointed the firearm – within three feet of him – at his head, and the video and picture from that video verifies that fact. Rittenhouse is not the “bigger fish”, he is the one that is not on the proper side of the issue for the prosecutor, hence his malicious prosecution where even the prosecutor’s witnesses are proving in their testimony that Rittenhouse is not guilty by reason of self-defense. The prosecutor had to know what… Read more »

Last edited 18 days ago by Heed the Call-up
TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
18 days ago

Grosskreutz denied he was chasing Rittenhouse. Politically speaking, and this is a political prosecution, that much is evident, yes, Rittenhouse is the bigger fish. Your very specific further conclusions on the prosecutor’s intentions are based on what exactly? “Should not have been there” gets repeated a lot. Rittenhouse did not waive his right to self defense by being out past curfew, he did not waive his right to self defense by being in a dangerous area, and he did not waive his right to self defense by carrying a weapon. “Should not have been there” is not at the heart… Read more »

Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up (@daveeckartverizon-net)
18 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

prosecutor’s intentions are based on what exactly? As the adage states, the proof is in the pudding. It is quite clear that the known anti-rights prosecutor is maliciously prosecuting him. He made it clear also when he demanded a bail amount that Rittenhouse could not cover to punish him by keeping him in jail until the trial is over. By doing everything he did, he is sending a message that if you own a firearm and defend your life, you will be punished. That message could not be clearer even if he verbalized it. You are misunderstanding my statement about… Read more »

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
18 days ago

I don’t think we were in disagreement there, on the “should not” point, I just felt strongly on that subject and wanted to add my piece.

At any honest account, it’s hard to witness Binger’s conduct and not wonder who really should be put away. At the very least, that man does not deserve to practice law.

Hazcat
Hazcat (@havoc816)
19 days ago

Yes, Kyle is innocent and yes, Gage was illegally caring a weapon. Gage will not be charged and Kyle will be found guilty of some ‘lesser’ charge like man slaughter. This will be in an attempt to quell rioting, not for justice (also to help jurors from being doxed and attacked) but that attempt will fail and justice will not have been served.

Just my opinion and I hope I am completely wrong, but I doubt it.

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
19 days ago
Reply to  Hazcat

Let’s not argue against our core beliefs here… permit or no permit, we all have a right to be armed. Grosskreutz had enough reason to believe Rittenhouse was “the bad guy”, and it’d be ridiculous to claim Grosskreutz could not have reasonably believed his life was in danger.

That being said, Grosskreutz is a lying opportunist scumbag who is still butthurt over getting his ass handed to him by a kid.

It’s about to happen again.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

Hazcat’s not arguing against our core beliefs. Quite the contrary, he’s predicting an unjust outcome. $100 says he’s right. Anyone paying attn has seen what he’s predicting many times over the decades.

That said, one point’s confusing. Are you saying Grosskreutz was somehow right & Rittenhouse somehow wrong?

Last edited 19 days ago by Russn8r
TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
19 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

No, nor was I arguing against Hazcat’s prediction. By core belief, I meant the right to bear arms, including Grosskreutz’s right to bear arms. I am saying that criminal prosecution of Grosskreutz would not hold up. He could reasonably have been running to help, and he certainly reasonably believed his life was in danger before pointing the gun at Rittenhouse. I’m saying Kyle was in the right, and Grosskreutz is a worm, but he can’t be prosecuted for assaulting Kyle. Aside: you seem to be the victim of some frivolous downvoting. I am not one of those downvotes. That was… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

Rog, thx. I agree on ‘all counts’. Seems Grosskreutz put his own life in danger chasing an armed man who was trying to get away, with a mob that would’ve beaten him into a crippled vegetable, for starters.

I’ll qualify my bet some based on this good judge. Won’t be surprised, if the jury convicts on a lesser charge, to see the judge toss it, cut to non-violent misdemeanor, or give time served.

Last edited 19 days ago by Russn8r
TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
19 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

I don’t believe they can convict on a lesser charge. They can only enter a guilty or not guilty verdict on the six remaining charges pending.

A lesser charge would have to come as an offer from the prosecution and be plead guilty to by the defendant. I don’t see that happening given the politics.

I think. Not a lawyer.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

I agree. I mean convict on the least of the charges (misdemeanor possession <18). The judge could then force a deal or throw it out.

Last edited 19 days ago by Russn8r
Finnky
Finnky (@finnks)
19 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

From all I’ve read that is a frivolous charge. Wisconsin says children may not possess “dangerous weapons” – which are defined under those same Wisconsin laws to be pistols and NFA items. An AR is just a rifle, which is legal for <18 to possess under federal law and I believe relevant state law as well.

Given how much incorrect information the prosecutor presents, while pretending to ask questions – I am not at all surprised he’s trying to charge non-existent crimes.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

Good. Hope it all gets tossed. 2 charges are 17 yrs max, 2 are 65yrs max, one is life/no parole.

In our Prison Industrial Complex even 17yrs is an 8th Amendment violation: possible death penalty, certainly torture, rape, beatings etc. And let’s face it, 65 yrs = life.

See MA case of Kenny Waters, falsely convicted of murder. Prosecutors-cops lied, destroyed-withheld evidence, had witnesses lie etc.

His sister went to law school to get him out. 19yrs before it was overturned, lived a few months free before dying. Nothing happened to the prosecution-cops-witnesses who took his life.

Last edited 19 days ago by Russn8r
Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Prison Industries!? I had to sign for a desk and office furniture that was made by PI, once!

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

~2m in prison, rampant torture-beating-rape-murder, DAs-cops lie with impunity to convict innocents, but your post negates that. All better now! Thx!

Last edited 19 days ago by Russn8r
Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

No, not negates. My comment does not even address other than PI products.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

But your comment was so funny! Kenny Waters? LOL!

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
19 days ago
Reply to  Finnky

To my knowledge, the judge has has taken up the motion to dismiss that charge twice, but your argument hasn’t been made. Not sure what is going on there, or if they did discuss the definition of dangerous weapon and that argument failed, then I missed it.

Either way, the proper course if you’re right would be for the judge to dismiss it. It is getting late in the case for him to do so.

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
17 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

I just found out that I’m totally wrong. This is how it happens: The prosecution gave advance notice at the end of trial Thursday that they will be adding “lessers included” to some of the charges. This means, for example, if you commit murder with a firearm, then you are also guilty of assault with a deadly weapon. The prosecution will delineate what those lesser charges should be and ask the court to include them. The judge will then instruct the jury on how to apply the law as it pertains not only to the homicide and other original charges,… Read more »

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
17 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

Worse than I thought. Pray the judge says NO to new charges, tosses the old – if not, jury acquits on all. Shouldn’t he have sequestered the jury against threats? So toss all counts so the mob can’t take it out on the jury. If that’s reversible or retriable, direct a not-guilty jury verdict: jury acquittal is irreversible. What if he grants the defense a mistrial? Could it be ‘careful what you wish for’? My general recollection is mistrial is a chance to retry, maybe different judge. The defense can’t bet on getting a better judge, and the DAs can… Read more »

Last edited 17 days ago by Russn8r
Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
17 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

If the grant of a mistrial is with prejudice, then the case can not be retried, in that state.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
17 days ago
Reply to  Wild Bill

Good! Thanks.

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
16 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Schroeder intends to hand this all to the jury so the people can view the outcome as just whichever way it goes. He’s indicated that all along, at least in my eyes.

The chance for mistrial has come and gone. A hung jury is the only real hope for that now, and as most of the lessers were included, that gives the jury more options for compromise to avoid deadlock.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
16 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

He should grant the mistrial.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
16 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Yes, and find the prosecutor in contempt to include a citation, at the very last, as the judge did at the Chicago Seven trial.

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
16 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Yes he should have.

He also has major issues with the dangerous weapon charge. He said so on multiple occasions, but on Friday he still indicated he’d instruct the jury on it. We’ll see what he tells the jury. My take is that if that charge was dismissed, it would do great harm to the prosecution’s already weak case because it would be viewed as an admission that Kyle was in the right to have his rifle with him.

Tionico
Tionico (@tionico)
19 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

if Grooskreutz felt he was in danger he had ONLY homself to blame for that. He was CHASING Kyle. If he felt in danger, all he had to do was STOP, stand still, and let Kyle continue running away from him. Especially whenKyle tripped and went to ground. He was at least temporarily “out of actio”. Had Mr.G simply turned and walked away from Kyle at THAT point he’d have been out of any danger he might have felt. Mr.G was clearly the aggressor in hot persuit of his quarry, I’d say determined to put the big hurt on “the… Read more »

TexDad
TexDad (@texdad)
19 days ago
Reply to  Tionico

I agree, Kyle’s actions when Grosskreutz surrendered versus when he attacked illustrate your point perfectly. Grosskreutz still could not be prosecuted successfully, in my opinion.

By the way, Judge Schroeder is currently admonishing Binger for requiring testimony in front of the jury from Rittenhouse that has already been ruled inadmissible. I must admit it feels good to see that snake get a tongue lashing.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  TexDad
Last edited 19 days ago by Russn8r
Heed the Call-up
Heed the Call-up (@daveeckartverizon-net)
19 days ago
Reply to  TexDad

Grosskreutz, even if he believed Rittenhouse was the “bad guy”, had no legal right to attack Rittenhouse who was running away, posing no threat to anyone. Neither would he have had the legal right to point – at point-blank range – a firearm at Rittenhouse. We are all well-aware, or should be, of legal self-defense scenarios, and Grosskreutz was not involved in one, except as the assailant.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  Hazcat

Ahhh, but now things have changed. Apparently the prosecutor has really angered the judge, by ignoring the judge’s previous ruling. The worst thing that an attorney can do in court is piss off the judge!

Montana454Casull
Montana454Casull (@rld454c)
19 days ago

It’s more than apparent this is a case of self defence and the prosecutor is a corrupt POS !

Tank
Tank (@voodoo6actual)
19 days ago

Whole event looked scripted & contrived. Real eyes recognize, real lies.

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman (@henry_bowman)
19 days ago

Since at this point the prosecutors failed to overcome any of the five elements of self-defense, the judge could soon be stopping the trial and issue a “directed verdict”. That’s where the judge finds Kyle innocent on all charges and tells Kyle he is free to go.

Below, I include an infographic about the 5 elements:

5 Elements Of Self-Defense LOSD.png
Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

Rittenhouse is in the clear then. Too bad that chart doesn’t apply to enforcers.

Henry Bowman
Henry Bowman (@henry_bowman)
19 days ago
Reply to  Russn8r

Enforcers are sPeCiAL, according to police state fanboys.

Russn8r
Russn8r (@russn8r)
19 days ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

Lot of them here on AmmoLand!

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  Henry Bowman

Boy Howie, that is a good chart! Sending it to everyone that I know.

Oldman
Oldman (@crazyphone)
20 days ago

Amen!

WI Patriot
WI Patriot (@wi-patriot)
20 days ago

And the truth shall set Rittenhouse free…

Will
Will
20 days ago
Reply to  WI Patriot

@WI Patriot,if things get confusing for the jury just refer to the videos. Refer to the videos. It’s really not that complicated. TEX

Donttreadonme
Donttreadonme (@donttreadonme)
20 days ago
Reply to  Will

If they dont find him innocent, they were intimidated. Plain and simple.

Wild Bill
Wild Bill (@wild-bill)
19 days ago
Reply to  Donttreadonme

Not guilty. Juries don’t find defendants innocent, but we know what you meant!