Topline

Right-wing firebrand Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a bill seeking to grant Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional Gold Medal, days after he was acquitted on all charges for fatally shooting two people and wounding a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. 

UNITED STATES – NOVEMBER 17: Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., is seen on the House Steps of the … [+] U.S. Capitol on Tuesday, November 17, 2021. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)


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Key Facts

The bill states Rittenhouse should be awarded the honor because he “protected the community of Kenosha” during the “Black Lives Matter riot” last year.

The bill has no chance of getting passed given it would need to be co-sponsored by at least two-thirds of the House, which is currently controlled by Democrats, some of whom have been loudly critical of Rittenhouse.

Greene defended Rittenhouse during his trial, tweeting that he was “more of a man” than those attacking him on social media following his emotional testimony last week, and cheered his acquittal on Twitter, saying he was “one of the good ones.”

Tangent

A spokesperson for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who has said he would hire Rittenhouse as an intern following his acquittal, told the Washington Post that awarding Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal would “give him a big head during the internship with our office.”

Key Background

Jurors found Rittenhouse not guilty of intentional homicide and reckless homicide for killing two men, who took part in a protest against the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse came to Kenosha armed with a rifle and carrying a medic kit, and claimed he intended to protect local businesses in the area from the protest, while prosecutors argued he provoked the violence by carrying a rifle. Conservatives like Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) praised the jury’s decision to acquit Rittenhouse, while liberals like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) criticized it as a miscarriage of justice.

Further Reading

Kyle Rittenhouse Found Not Guilty On All Counts (Forbes)

LeBron James Vs. Marjorie Taylor Greene: The Wild Politics With The Rittenhouse Trial (Forbes)

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