Defense attorney Kyle Rittenhouse has criticized Republican lawmakers looking to “profit” from his client’s “fame” after he was acquitted in a closely watched double murder trial.
Mark Richards told Insider after a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty of killing two men and wounding another in the wake of brutal police protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
At least three Republican members of Congress have suggested that they want Rittenhouse as an intern. North Carolina Congressman Madison Cawthorne – who also told his followers to “be armed, to be dangerous, to be moral” – offered the teen an internship via Instagram Story.
Arizona Congressman Paul Gosar He said on Twitter He would wrestle Florida Congressman Matt Gates for “dibs” on Mr. Rittenhouse as his apprentice. Mr. Gates said, Conservative cable network Newsmax said his office “may reach out to him and see if he is interested in helping the country in additional ways.”
“They raise money for it, and you have all these Republican congressmen saying, ‘Come and work for me.'” Mr. Richards said…They want to trade his fame and I think it’s disgusting. from the inside.
The case and its outcome exposed deep partisan divisions over issues related to the Second Amendment and whether it was appropriate for a teen to arm themselves against the upheavals of racial justice.
Prominent right-wing and news personalities defended him, while civil rights groups and Democratic officials argued that the case highlights failures in the criminal justice system.
Former President Donald Trump celebrated his acquittal, and his son Donald Trump Jr. tweeted, then deleted, an offer from the gun rights organization to send Rittenhouse an AR-15 rifle, along with a card in “Support Kyle.”
Richards called Mr Trump Jr. an “idiot”.
“He is an idiot. You don’t have to expand on that because it speaks for itself,” he said from the inside.
Mr. Rittenhouse’s lawyers successfully argued to jurors that their client fired his AR-15 rifle to protect himself in self-defense against a violent mob that stalked him on August 25, 2020.
During an appearance on CNN on Friday, Mr Richards said he believed “a lot of people are running around with guns in our community”.
“I represent a lot of people who have legal concealment carry permits that go in, they pull the gun and there’s problems out there, whether they’re under the influence or they use it to threaten someone,” CNN’s Chris said. Como. “I hope our society is not seen as so dangerous that people need to arm themselves.”
Mr Richards – who was initially hired by Rittenhouse’s former lawyers, including election fraud conspiracy theorists Lynn Wood – told the Associated Press that he did not join the case as “someone setting out on a crusade”.
“They wanted to use Kyle for a reason and something that I think is inappropriate — and I don’t represent the reasons,” he said.