Rittenhouse was acquitted this month on homicide charges after he killed two people and injured a third during a Black Lives Matter 抗议 and riot in Kenosha, 威斯康星州, over the police shooting of Jacob Blake last year. His defense successfully argued that Ritttenhouse acted in self-defense.
Greene’s bill would honor Rittenhouse, 18, for protecting the “community of Kenosha, 威斯康星州, during a Black Lives Matter (BLM) 暴动,” 根据《华盛顿邮报》.
The bill is likely symbolic and unlikely to succeed because Democrats control both the House of Representatives and the Senate. Bills for Congressional Gold Medals have to be co-sponsored by two-thirds of both chambers, 根据邮报. The bill didn’t have any co-sponsors yet as of Friday.
Rittenhouse has become a divisive figure – with Republicans praising him for protecting businesses from rioters and Democrats claiming his actions were unjustified despite his not guilty verdict.
Greene and other House Republicans like U.S. 代表. Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Matt Gaetz of Florida have also suggested they would want Rittenhouse to intern in their offices. Rittenhouse even met with former 特朗普总统 本周早些时候.
Retweeting a photo of Trump with Rittenhouse at Mar-a-Lago, Greene called them “Two men I greatly admire.”
“We must always uphold our Constitution, defend our 2A, & stop our enemies who hate them,” 她补充说.
Joel Valdez, a Gaetz spokesman, 告诉 发布, “We are concerned that awarding Kyle with a Congressional Gold Medal will give him a big head during the internship with our office.”
Rittenhouse’s acquittal prompted protests across the country last weekend.
Past recipients of the medal include George Washington, Winston Churchill, Bob Hope and Martin Luther King Jr.