Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) on Tuesday, Nov. 23, introduced a bill to make Kyle Rittenhouse a legitimate recipient of the Congressional Gold Medal.
Rittenhouse, now 18, was acquitted of all the homicide charges last week for fatally shooting two men and injuring one another in a situation the teenager said was self-defense-driven.
On the day of the tragic shooting, the teenager, an Illinois resident, was summoned to Kenosha, Wisconsin, to help enforce security at a private property during the heat of civil unrest that erupted after the police shooting of Jacob Blake a black citizen.
The Republican congresswoman looked to honor the teenager for coming to the city to “protect the community of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) riot” with her legislation.
“Kyle Rittenhouse deserves to be remembered as a hero who defended his community, protected businesses, and acted lawfully in the face of lawlessness.” Greene told The Hill. “I’m proud to file this legislation to award Kyle Rittenhouse a Congressional Gold Medal.”
The Medal is formally granted to individuals or organizations as a national appreciation for their outstanding contribution to society, such as President George Washington, Walt Disney, the Capitol Police officers of the Jan. 6 riot, and South African leader Nelson Mandela.
Because it must be approved by two-thirds of the House and the Senate, the Democrat-controlled panels will most likely thwart the bill, and it would only be a supportive gesture from Greene to the teenager.
Public views of the Rittenhouse case have been divided. Most Democrats believe the teenager was a presentation of white supremacist and his acquittal was unjust, whereas others, such as the conservatives, pick up of him as a vigilante.
Surveillance footage of the event depicted Rittenhouse carrying an AR-15 being cornered by the first man, unarmed before he opened fire in fear for his life and killed him. Other videos showed the teenager being attacked by a mob before he shot the other victims and ran away to the police. Only the man that survived Rittenhouse’s bullets was armed.