Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts Friday after shooting and killing three people during the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer. The Republicans were overjoyed.
“Congratulations to Kyle Rittenhouse for being innocent on all counts. Called no guilt,” former President Donald Trump wrote in a statement Friday evening. “And by the way, if this is not self-defense, then nothing!”
“Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty, my friends!” Rep. Madison Cawthorne (RN.C) said in a video posted to his Instagram. He added a comment offering Rittenhouse an internship in his congressional office. “Kyle, if you would like an internship, get in touch with me,” the caption read.
Cawthorne is not the first Republican to suggest that Rittenhouse come to D.C. as a congressional intern. That honor goes to fellow Cawthorne Republican Troll Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla), who is currently under a federal investigation for underage sex trafficking. Following the ruling, Gaetz retweeted a post earlier this week in which he said Rittenhouse “would be a wonderful intern in Congress.”
Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty and deserves to be acquitted.
In fact, he would have been a great congressional intern. https://t.co/WcldfhfdIx pic.twitter.com/GwaLBFJ5Hi
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGetz) November 18 2021
“Kyle Rittenhouse has not committed any crimes,” Gates added in a separate tweet. “He was acquitted at all costs! Now do BLM…”
Representative Paul Gosar (R-Arizona) joined in, too, saying he would “fight Gates’ arm to get Debs to Kyle as an apprentice.”
Justice served # Kylertenhouse He is completely exonerated. Like I said last year, it’s clearly self-defense.
I will wrestle my arms Tweet embed To get Debs to Kyle as an intern. https://t.co/kon65IB1d9
– Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 19 2021
Gosar was reprimanded and stripped of his committee duties by the House of Representatives last week for sharing an anime video depicting himself in a violent fantasy attacking and killing Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (DN.Y.).
“I believe justice has been served,” wrote Senator Ron Johnson (R-Weske), who represents the state where Rittenhouse murdered two people.
I think justice has been served in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. I hope everyone can accept the verdict, remain peaceful, and allow the Kenosha community to recover and rebuild.
Senator Ron Johnson November 19 2021
Rep. Thomas Massey (R-Kentucky) wrote, “Justice! Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts.” Massi also shared a video of the ruling being read out, adding that “there is hope for our country.”
Must watch. There is hope for this country. https://t.co/QST6XtVQpK
– Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 19 2021
Representative Andy Biggs (R-Arizona) celebrated by tweeting “I’m not guilty!” Adding, “That’s why in America we have a trial by jury, not by the media.”
This is why in America we are tried by a jury and not by the media. # Kylertenhouse
Rep. Andy Biggs (@RepAndyBiggsAZ) November 19 2021
Several lawmakers have called on President Biden, claiming he called Rittenhouse “white supremacy” by posting a video that included a frame depicting Rittenhouse bashing Trump for his refusal to denounce white supremacy last year.
Don’t forget that Biden called the 17-year-old Rittenhouse a “white supremacist.” Beyond shame. pic.twitter.com/G1mA7XLqHj
– Recome back. Dan Bishop (@RepDanBishop) November 19 2021
Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark) called on the president to make a public apology.
Joe Biden needs to make a public apology to Kyle Rittenhouse.
– Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) November 19 2021
As a reminder, Rittenhouse traveled to a racial justice protest with an AR-15 rifle, waved it in the street, and ended up shooting three people, killing two of them.
This has been updated with the latest breaking news.