Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) stood up for murder defendant Kyle Rittenhouse by saying he’s “more of a man” than liberals who want to see him put in jail, saying that liberal men who put their pronouns in their profiles aren’t really men.
Rittenhouse is on trial for shooting three people at a Black Lives Matter protest in August 2020. The white 17-year-old male allegedly drove from his home in Illinois to Kenosha, Wisconsin with his AR-15 style rifle in order to confront protestors and ended up killing two and injuring one other person.
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Since last year, certain parts of the far-right have made Rittenhouse into a hero since he shot people protesting in support of Black people’s lives. His trial for charges of reckless homicide, intentional homicide, and attempted intentional homicide started recently.
Video of Rittenhouse crying on the witness stand went viral yesterday, with many people accusing him of fake crying or just crying because he’s facing the consequences of his actions, since he was spotted enjoying the hero status that killing protestors earned him on the far-right.
Greene saw people reacting negatively to Rittenhouse crying and it appears that she thought that they were making fun of him for crying in public. That is, she thought liberals were attacking Rittenhouse’s masculinity, not his actions.
So she decided to attack liberal men’s masculinity by going after the practice of putting pronouns in one’s social media profiles.
“Kyle Rittenhouse is more of a man than the pundits and blue checkmarks that claim He/Him in their profiles that are attacking Kyle,” Greene wrote.
She added that the liberals are “defending a monster who sexually assaults children,” not specifying who she was referring to. In the comments, people pointed out that one of Greene’s closest Congressional allies – Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) – is being investigated for alleged sex trafficking involving a minor and liberals are not defending him.
“History won’t be kind to the evil left, neither will eternity,” Greene concluded her defense of a man who admitted to killing two people.
Kyle Rittenhouse is more of a man than the pundits and blue checkmarks that claim He/Him in their profiles that are attacking Kyle and defending a monster who sexually assaults children.
History won’t be kind to the evil left, neither will eternity.
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) November 11, 2021
And I assure you no one on the left is defending Matt Gaetz
— 🌊 Robert V 🌊 (@RobertVonA) November 11, 2021
Rittenhouse’s defense at his trial is that he acted in self-defense. One of his victims who was unarmed, Joseph Rosenbaum, lunged at him to take away his rifle, and Rittenhouse shot him four times and killed him, prosecutors believe.
Rittenhouse was then chased by other protestors who were shouting that he just shot someone. He tripped and another unarmed man, Anthony Huber, tried to take away Rittenhouse’s rifle, but Rittenhouse shot Huber in the chest, killing him.
Paramedic Gaige Grosskreutz, who was holding a handgun, tried to stop Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse shot Grosskreutz in the arm and he has had to undergo surgery.
Rittenhouse approached police with his hands held up and his rifle strapped on him, but officers just told him to leave. He returned home to Illinois and turned himself in the next day on charges of first-degree intentional homicide. He was released on bail awaiting trial.
Judge Bruce Schroeder, who is presiding over Rittenhouse’s trial, told lawyers that they could not refer to Rittenhouse’s victims with the word “victim.” He instead said they could be described as “arsonists” or “looters.”
Rittenhouse’s belated arrest, his ties to white nationalists like the Proud Boys, and Judge Schroeder’s sympathy towards him have been criticized as signs of institutional racist bias that favors white people.