Marjorie Taylor Greene wants to award a medal to Kyle Rittenhouse

  • GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene this week unveiled a bill to award Kyle Rittenhouse a congressional gold medal.
  • Rittenhouse was recently found not guilty after he shot two people dead last summer during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
  • Right-wing extremist figures have gathered around Rittenhouse, celebrating him as a “hero.”

GOP Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene this week presented a bill to award a congressional gold medal to Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who was recently found not guilty of murder after he fatally shot two people and wounded a third during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer.

Greene presented the bill on Tuesday along with a summary that read: “To award a congressional gold medal to Kyle H. Rittenhouse, who protected the community in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020.”

A congressional gold medal is the highest award that Congress can award to individuals for distinguished achievements. Past recipients include President George Washington, civil rights activist Rosa Parks and South African leader Nelson Mandela.

It is highly unlikely that Greene’s bill will go ahead given the democratically controlled House and Senate.

In addition to the law, Greene came to Rittenhouse’s defense in a tweet on Monday, in which she attacked her former lawyer Lin Wood, claiming that he abused Rittenhouse for a short period as his lawyer.

“Lin should be in jail for what he did to Kyle,” the Republican lawmaker said tweeted.

Wood became prominent last year as a pro-Trump lawyer, spreading conspiracy theories in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.

A jury last week acquitted Rittenhouse of five charges related to the fatal shootings. He had pleaded not guilty and testified that he opened fire on the persons of self-defense.

Greene joins the growing chorus of right-wing extremists who have praised the verdict, gathering around Rittenhouse and celebrating him as a “hero”.

“May Kyle and his family now live in peace. Those who help, protect and defend are the good guys. Kyle is one of the good ones,” Greene tweeted last week after the verdict.

Other Republican lawmakers, including reps. Matt Gaetz of Florida, Paul Gosar of Arizona and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina have expressed interest in having Rittenhouse do an internship at their convention offices.

Rittenhouse also recently visited former President Donald Trump at his Mar-a-Lago Club in West Palm Beach, Florida. Trump described him as a “really a nice young man” in an interview with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity on Tuesday.

Some conservatives have called on President Joe Biden to publicly apologize to Rittenhouse after he was briefly featured in a 2020 campaign video in which Trump refused to condemn white supremacists and militia groups. In an interview with Fox News host Tucker Carlson on Monday, Rittenhouse accused Biden of “defaming” him.

Biden responded to the verdict last week, telling reporters: “I stand by what the jury has concluded. The jury system works and we have to abide by it.”

“While the Kenosha ruling will make many Americans feel angry and worried, including myself, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” Biden followed up in a written statement. “I ran on a promise to bring Americans together because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what separates us. I know we are not going to heal our country’s wounds from one “day to day, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do so. All in my power to ensure that every American is treated equally, with justice and dignity under the law.”

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