Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R-N.C.) offered Kyle Rittenhouse an internship on Friday after the 18-year-old was found not guilty on all five of the charges he was facing for shooting and killing two protesters and wounding a third during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wis., last summer.
“Kyle, if you want an internship, reach out to me,” Cawthorne wrote in text the was shown during a video published Friday after the verdict was reached.
“Kyle Rittenhouse is not guilty, my friends. You have a right to defend yourself, so be armed, be dangerous and be moral,” Cawthorne says in the video.
Rittenhouse was acquitted after his lawyers argued he had used his AR-15 in self-defense as protesters attacked him.
Prosecutors said Rittenhouse was the aggressor in the situation and couldn’t claim self-defense.
Angela Cenedella, a lawyer and legal analyst, told NewsNation the prosecution needed to prove Rittenhouse did not have a right to self-defense in this scenario, and his acquittal means the jury didn’t buy it.
“Generally acquittals tend to come earlier, and the longer juries deliberate it’s generally not so good for the defendant,” Cenedella said on NewsNation’s “Rush Hour” on Friday.
This is the second internship offer Rittenhouse has received from a Republican member of Congress: Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) previously offered the teen a congressional internship on Wednesday, before the jury returned its verdict.
“He is not guilty and deserves a not guilty verdict,” Gaetz said at the time. “You know what, Kyle Rittenhouse would probably make a pretty good congressional intern. We might reach out to him and see if he be interested in helping the country in additional ways.”
A number of conservatives have publicly celebrated the unanimous jury decision.