representative Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP’s efforts to downplay the threat of Capitol rioting are on the rise in The Memo: What Now For Anti-Trump Republicans? MP Marjorie Taylor Greene says she will meet Trump “soon” in Florida MORE (R-Ga.) Tabled bill Tuesday to award Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal for “Protecting the Kenosha, Wisconsin Community during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020”.
The Congressional Gold Medal is the highest distinction that Congress can bestow on a person or institution. The bill is very unlikely to go anywhere in the Democratic-controlled House of Representatives and Senate, and there are no co-sponsors.
Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two demonstrators and injured a third in Kenosha, was acquitted by a jury last week on all charges, including willful death.
“Kyle Rittenhouse deserves to be remembered as a hero who defended his community, protected corporations, and acted lawfully in the face of lawlessness. I am proud to submit this bill to award Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional gold medal, “Greene said in a statement to the Hill.
Conservatives praise them jury’s judgment not guilty in a process that has split the nation in part and takes up the argument that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense and wanted to protect local businesses.
A spokesman for Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzPress: Rittenhouse ruling calls for gun laws to be changed Madison Cawthorn offers Rittenhouse an internship Gaetz says Rittenhouse would be a “great” intern MORE (R-Fla.), Who offered Rittenhouse an internship with his office, said The Washington Post In response to Greene’s bill, “We’re concerned that being awarded a gold medal by Congress will give Kyle a big headache while interning in our office.”
Rep. Madison Cawthorn (RN.C.) also offered Rittenhouse an internship after the judgment. And earlier President TrumpDonald TrumpOvernight Energy & Environment – Biden to release 50 million barrels of oil reserves On The Money – Biden: America should be “calm” on prices MORE said on Tuesday that Rittenhouse visited him at his Florida resort shortly after he was found not guilty.
The Democrats had mixed reactions, with many expressing shock that Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, could not be found guilty after patrolling Kenosha armed with a rifle. Civil rights activists have warned that the ruling will encourage similar vigilante actions.
Greene’s office did not immediately respond to The Hill’s request for comment.
The Congressional Gold Medals were recently awarded to United States Capitol police officers and other law enforcement officers protecting the U.S. Capitol during the deadly January 6 riot, as well as U.S. troops killed in a bombing of Kabul airport during the US withdrawal from Afghanistan were killed.