Kyle Rittenhouse was set free of all charges after a jury decided he was not guilty and his actions were in self-defense during the Kenosha shootings. The jury gave the verdict on November 19. After hearing the judgment, a lot of people have different reactions.
A new bill has been proposed by the United States Representative, Marjorie Taylor Greene to award Kyle Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal. Representative Greene proposed this new measure on Tuesday. A synopsis of the bill measures “award a Congressional Gold Medal to Kyle H. Rittenhouse, who protected the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020.”
He will be honored “to express public gratitude for distinguished contributions, dramatize the virtues of patriotism, and perpetuate the remembrance of great events.” For Rittenhouse to receive the award the request would need to be co-sponsored by two-thirds in both chambers of Congress. The bill proposed by the US Representative is unlikely to pass as it has no co-sponsors.
It’s quite surprising that Rittenhouse’s lawyer is not happy with the attention his client is getting. According to him Rittenhouse is being weaponized by Republican lawmakers to curry favor from their conservative voting base. “There’s a lot of people trying to profit on this, and I don’t think people should,” said Mark Richard. “They’re raising money on it, and you have all these Republican congressmen saying, ‘Come work for me.’ They want to trade on his celebrity, and I think it’s disgusting.”
Kyle Rittenhouse informed jurors that the night he shot three men amid protests in Kenosha, he never planned to harm anyone and said, “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself.”
The charges against him included homicide, attempting homicide, and recklessly endangering safety for killing two individuals and wounding a third with an AR-style semi-automatic weapon. The shootings had taken place in the summer of 2020 during a demonstration. Rittenhouse revealed that he travelled to the city that night to safeguard property from protesters.