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Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene introduces bill to award Rittenhouse the Congressional Gold Medal

The medal is the highest honor that Congress can bestow upon a person or institution.

Published: November 24, 2021 6:02pm

Updated: November 24, 2021 6:41pm

Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) introduced a bill on Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to Kyle Rittenhouse, saying that he "protected the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot on August 25, 2020."

The medal is the highest honor that Congress can bestow upon a person or institution.

The bill has no cosponsors.

Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all charges Friday after fatally shooting two men and injuring another during a Black Lives Matter riot last summer.

In response to Greene's bill, a spokesperson for Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), who has offered Rittenhouse an internship with his office, told The Washington Post that "We are concerned that awarding Kyle with a Congressional Gold Medal will give him a big head during the internship with our office."

Representative Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) also offered Rittenhouse an internship following the verdict, according to The Hill. Former President Trump also had the recently-acquitted teenager over at his Mar-a-Lago resort for a visit, and told Fox News Channel's "Hannity" show that his trial was "prosecutorial misconduct" because "[h]e was going to be dead if he didn't pull that trigger."

Congressional Gold Medals were recently awarded to American troops who died in the Kabul airport bombing during the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan and Capitol Police and and other law enforcement personnel who were at the Capitol duringn the Jan. 6 riot, The Hill reported.

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