The GOP Is Just Loving the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

The GOP Is Just Loving the Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict

GOP elected officials like Rep. Matt Gaetz (L) and Madison Cawthorn (R) celebrated the acquittal of Kyle Rittenhouse (C) of all charges. (Photos: Paul Hennessy, Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images, Republican National Committee) Within minutes of the news breaking that Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who shot and killed two people last summer in Wisconsin, had been found not guilty , Republicans were flocking to the internet to celebrate. “Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty, my friends! You have a right to defend yourself,” a grinning Rep. Madison Cawthorn, a North Carolina Republican, cheered on an Instagram Story. “Be armed, be dangerous, and be moral.” “Kyle, if you want an internship, reach out to me,” Cawthorn added in a caption at the bottom. A Rittenhouse internship might turn out to be a hot commodity among the Capitol Hill GOP. Before the verdict was reached, Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz suggested that Rittenhouse could become his intern . On Friday, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar—the guy whose staff made an anime that depicted him killing New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez —tweeted, “I will arm wrestle @mattgaetz to get dibs for Kyle as an intern.” “Justice was served for #KyleRittenhouse and he is fully exonerated,” Gosar added. “As I said last year, obviously self-defense.” Gaetz also reaffirmed his support for Rittenhouse on Friday, in a tweet from his official Twitter account . “Kyle Rittenhouse committed no crimes,” he wrote, before adding the nonsensical suggestion, “Now do BLM…” Rittenhouse had faced charges of first-degree reckless homicide, two counts […]

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