Rep. Matt Gaetz Thinks Kyle Rittenhouse Would Be A 'Great' Intern

Matt Gaetz

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Florida man strikes again! Following a recent appearance on Newsmax, self-proclaimed "Florida man," Matt Gaetz, said that he thinks Kyle Rittenhouse would be a "great" intern.

"He’d make a great Congressional Intern," he tweeted.

The 18-year-old is currently on trial for the murder of two men during a protest that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse currently faces life in prison, but he has decided to plead not guilty to all of the charges levied against him. Given Gaetz's comments about Rittenhouse's prospects as a congressional intern, it comes as no surprise that the congressman also believes that he is not guilty.

“He is not guilty and deserves a not guilty verdict,” Gaetz said during his recent appearance on Newsmax.

“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.”

Gaetz's comments come as Rittenhouse prepares for the third day of jury deliberations in the ongoing Kenosha shooting trial. While it is unclear how close the jury is to reaching a verdict, the deliberation process has been far from uneventful. Since the trial ended, jurors have asked for extra copies of their instructions, the defense entered its second motion for a mistrial and the jury has requested to review drone video footage provided by the prosecution. CNN reports that Judge Bruce Schroeder is not putting time restrictions on the jury and does not plan to sequester them. With that said, a mistrial will be declared if jurors cannot come to a unanimous decision one or more of the charges.

Jury deliberation has begun for today. Yesterday's deliberations ran from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and today's will likely run for a similar amount of time unless a verdict is reached.

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