Kenosha protest shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all state charges on Friday after four days of jury deliberations.
The defendant stood trial after fatally shooting two people and wounding a third with an AR-15 rifle during "Black Lives Matter" protests in Kenosha on August 25, 2020.
Republicans praised the jury for finding Rittenhouse not guilty of first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
Disgraced Rep. Paul Gosar (R-AZ) said he would arm wrestle Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) to see who would claim the 18-year-old as an intern.
Justice was served for #KyleRittenhouse and he is fully exonerated. As I said last year, obviously self-defense.
I will arm wrestle @mattgaetz to get dibs for Kyle as an intern. https://t.co/kon65IB1d9
— Paul Gosar (@DrPaulGosar) November 19, 2021
Gaetz told Newsmax on Wednesday night that he wanted to hire Rittenhouse. "Kyle Rittenhouse would probably make a pretty good congressional intern," the congressman said. "We may reach out to him and see if he'd be interested in helping the country in additional ways."
Here's what other prominent Republicans were saying:
Not guilty. America is not over yet.
— J.D. Vance (@JDVance1) November 19, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse ACQUITTED on ALL charges!
May Kyle and his family now live in peace.
Those who help, protect, and defend are the good guys.
Kyle is one of good ones.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) November 19, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse saved lives.
Pray for Kyle 🙏
— Josh Mandel (@JoshMandelOhio) November 19, 2021
Time to start the lawsuits for defamation by the media. https://t.co/GYF6LdVzcK
— Thomas Massie (@RepThomasMassie) November 19, 2021
Joe Biden needs to publicly apologize to Kyle Rittenhouse.
— Tom Cotton (@SenTomCotton) November 19, 2021
— House Judiciary GOP (@JudiciaryGOP) November 19, 2021
Kyle Rittenhouse committed no crimes.
Acquitted on ALL COUNTS!
Now do BLM…
— Rep. Matt Gaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 19, 2021
I believe justice has been served in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. I hope everyone can accept the verdict, remain peaceful, and let the community of Kenosha heal and rebuild.
— Senator Ron Johnson (@SenRonJohnson) November 19, 2021