Republican Congressman Marjorie Taylor Greene has introduced a bill to award a congressional gold medal to Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted last week of murder.
Rittenhouse has changed from a lifelong prison to a poster son of the political right. He has met Donald Trump in Mar-a-Lago, conducted an interview with Tucker Carlson, and has been offered a possible internship with Florida Republican Matt Gaetz … he is now a candidate for the highest honor in the legislature.
The teen extradition bill states that he “protected the Kenosha community in Wisconsin during the Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot.”
The gesture is likely to be pictorial, as the Congressional Gold Medal must be signed by the two-thirds House of Representatives and Senate.
Previous winners include Winston Churchill, Jesse Owens, mother Teresa, George Washington, Nelson Mandela and the Capitol Police contributed to the uprising that began on January 6th.
Mr Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded another in August 2020 during protests in Kenosha when police shot Jacob Blake. The jury found that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense on the night of the demonstration.
“While the Kenosha verdict makes many Americans feel angry and concerned, myself included, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” President Biden said in a statement in the White House after the verdict. “I promised to bring Americans together because I believe what unites us is much greater than what separates us. I know we will not heal the wounds of our country overnight, but I stand firm in my commitment to do everything I can to ensure that every American is treated equally, fairly, and with dignity under the law.