Sticking his big mouth where it doesn’t belong yet again, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said Wednesday that he may hire Kyle Rittenhouse — the teenager on trial in Wisconsin for killing two people at a Black Lives Matter rally in August of 2020 — as a congressional intern.
During an appearance on Newsmax, Gaetz declared:
“He is not guilty. He deserves a not guilty verdict, and I sure hope he gets it because you know what, Kyle Rittenhouse would probably make a pretty good congressional intern. We may reach out to him and see if he’d be interested in helping the country in additional ways.”
Matt Gaetz wants to hire Kyle Rittenhouse as a congressional intern. pic.twitter.com/LvmXFFgt5v
— PatriotTakes 🇺🇸 (@patriottakes) November 18, 2021
Rittenhouse maintains that he traveled from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin, for the purpose of protecting private property from rioters. He was 17 at the time he shot three men with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle.
Jury deliberations began Tuesday in Rittenhouse’s trial. If found guilty of first-degree intentional murder, he faces life in prison.
Gaetz is facing major legal problems of his own. He’s currently under investigation by federal authorities for allegedly engaging in the sexual trafficking of an underage girl, which. His so-called “wingman,” Joel Greenberg, has already pled guilty and is cooperating with prosecutors.
The Florida congressman’s suggestion of possibly hiring Rittenhouse was not well-received on social media:
The Republican Party base is radicalized. That’s why we have Trump, and Gosar, and Greene, and all the rest.
— QuoteDigger (@QuoteDigging) November 18, 2021
Unusual for Gaetz to show interest in a teenager who isn’t underage.
— Cal Meacham (@MeachamDr) November 18, 2021
Rittenhouse’s mother could be the designated driver when Matt & Kyle go to the prom.
— Too Stupid To Collude (@WhiteHouseWacko) November 18, 2021
Not sure what the policy is on hiring fellow inmates.https://t.co/p6a3xTBcRL
— Jeanne Burch (@bulmasan) November 18, 2021
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