Matt Gaetz claims he plans to hire Kyle Rittenhouse as a congressional intern
Florida Republican Representative Matt Gaetz says he can reach out to Kyle Rittenhouse and hire him as a congressional intern.
In an interview with Newsmax host Grant Stinchfield on Wednesday, Gaetz rallied to support Mr Rittenhouse, who faces jury deliberations to shoot three men amid last year’s protests.
“He deserves a verdict of his innocence, and I certainly hope he gets it because you know what, Kyle Rittenhouse is probably a pretty good congressional intern,” Gates said. “We may contact him and see if he is interested in helping the country in additional ways,” he added.
He also thanked Mr. Gaetz Stinchfield for his “advocacy of Kyle Rittenhouse”.
The host responded by saying, “So maybe we have to fight for him. I want him here at Newsmax. Maybe he could be an apprentice at Stinchfield too.”
“You guys pay way better at Newsmax. There’s no such thing as a hill,” Mr. Gates replied.
Rittenhouse, 18, is on trial for killing two men and injuring a third during the Black Lives Matter protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on August 25 last year. The shooting took place amid violent protests following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis and the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha.
Mr. Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty and his attorneys said he acted in self-defence, while prosecutors allege he acted as a vigilante.
He was charged with five felonies, including first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree premeditated murder, attempted first-degree murder, and two counts of reckless endangerment of safety in the first degree for the murder of two men and wounding of another with an AR-type 15 rifle .
He could face life in prison if convicted.
The case divided political opinions on the issue of racial justice and the perceived privilege of whites.
Mr. Gates himself faces investigations for violating federal sex-trafficking laws in 2019 for allegedly paying underage girls for sex. But the Florida representative denied any wrongdoing.