GOP Rep. Thomas Massie Says He Wouldn't Convict Accused Killer Kyle Rittenhouse

Written by on September 4, 2020

Kentucky Rep. Thomas Massie, a Republican, defended the 17-year-old accused of killing two protestors and injuring a 3rd in Kenosha, Wisconsin, final week.

“He additionally exhibited unimaginable restraint and presence and situational consciousness,” Massie stated Thursday on WVHU, a chat radio station in West Virginia. “He didn’t empty {a magazine} right into a crowd.”

Kyle Rittenhouse has been charged with homicide within the deadly shootings of the 2 demonstrators on Aug. 25 throughout a protest after Jacob Blake, a Black man, was shot within the again seven instances by police in Kenosha.

Cellular phone video captured the second Rittenhouse appeared to fireplace at protestors Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, who tried to confront Rittenhouse over the deadly capturing of Joseph Rosenbaum earlier that evening. Huber was killed within the capturing captured on video, and Grosskreutz was shot within the arm however survived.

Rittenhouse, who’s from Illinois, had posted a number of instances on social media about his love of police. And as Buzzfeed Information first reported, he was additionally entrance row at a Trump rally earlier this summer time. The teenager arrived armed on the protest, together with different white vigilantes who appeared to have been organized by a Fb occasion encouraging right-wingers to point out up towards anti-racism protesters.

“Any patriots keen to take up arms and defend our metropolis tonight from the evil thugs?” the Fb occasion description learn. “Little question they’re at the moment planning on the subsequent a part of town to burn tonight.”

In his interview on Thursday, Massie stated he wouldn’t convict Rittenhouse for the alleged killings.

“I feel the strongest factor he has for him is the precise video proof,” Massie stated. “And if I had been on a jury and all I had was the proof that I’ve been capable of purchase by social media and the movies which can be on the market, I might not convict him of a single one among these prices.”

President Donald Trump has additionally defended Rittenhouse, saying the teenager “most likely would have been killed” if he hadn’t shot the protestors. 

“He was making an attempt to get away from them, I assume … and he fell,” Trump stated Monday. “After which they very violently attacked him.”

“He was in very large hassle,” Trump added. “He most likely would’ve been killed, but it surely’s beneath investigation.”  


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