Another Republican lawmaker publicly defended the 17-year-old accused of killing two protestors and injuring a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last week.
Rep. Thomas Massie (R-KY) appeared on a talk radio station in West Virginia on Thursday where he defended Kyle Rittenhouse, who was charged with first degree murder after killing to protestors last week.
“He also exhibited incredible restraint and presence and situational awareness,” Massie said Thursday on WVHU. “He didn’t empty a magazine into a crowd.”
In his interview, Massie said he would not convict Rittenhouse for the alleged killings.
“I think the strongest thing he has for him is the actual video evidence,” Massie said. “And if I were on a jury and all I had was the evidence that I have been able to acquire through social media and the videos that are out there, I would not convict him of a single one of these charges.”
You can listen to his remarks below:
On Kyle Rittenhouse, "The strongest thing in his favor is actually the video of the event…the video of him running down the street and falling. He was fulfilling his obligation to retreat…he fell down…he responded in self defense…I would not convict," Rep. Thomas Massie. pic.twitter.com/K8STedCJnh
— Eva McKend (@evamckend) September 3, 2020