Republican congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene has tabled a bill to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Kyle Rittenhouse, who was acquitted of murder last week.
Rittenhouse has gone from being in prison for life to being a poster boy for the political right. He’s met with Donald Trump at Mar-a-Lago, done an interview with Tucker Carlson, and been offered a possible internship with Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz … now he has a nomination for the Legislature’s highest honor.
The wording of the bill to award the teen says he “protected the community in Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot.”
The action will most likely be a figurative one, as a congressional gold medal must be signed by two-thirds of Parliament and the Senate.
Previous recipients of the award include Winston Churchill, Jesse Owens, Mother Teresa, George Washington, Nelson Mandela and the Capitol Police for their part in the January 6 uprising.
Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded another in August 2020 during protests in Kenosha after police shot at Jacob Blake. A jury found Rittenhouse acting in self-defense on a protest night.
“While the Kenosha verdict will leave many Americans angry and worried, including myself, we must acknowledge that the jury has spoken,” President Biden said in a White House statement after the verdict. “I ran on a promise to bring Americans together because I believe that what unites us is far greater than what separates us. I know we are not going to heal our country’s wounds from one day to day, but I remain steadfast in my commitment to do everything in my power to ensure that all Americans are treated equally, with justice and dignity under the law. “