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Republican Congressman Dragged After Praising Kenosha Shooter for His 'Incredible Restraint'

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Last week, 17 year old Trump supporter Kyle Rittenhouse drove across state lines with an assault weapon where he engaged with those protesting against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Rittenhouse, who claimed to be protecting businesses, shot and killed two protesters, wounding a third.

He was permitted by the police to leave the scene before being arrested on multiple charges at his home in Illinois.

A graphic video of the shooting shows Rittenhouse kill protester Anthony Huber. In an attempt to disarm Rittenhouse after he'd killed his first victim, Huber chased Rittenhouse and hit him with a skateboard before Rittenhouse fired.

Republicans have largely stopped short of condemning Rittenhouse. President Donald Trump even defended him, claiming he was acting in self-defense.

Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) went further, commending Rittenhouse in a radio interview on Thursday.

Massie claimed that video showed that Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense and went on to praise his demeanor:

"He also exhibited incredible restraint and presence and situational awareness. He didn't empty a magazine into a crowd."

He said that he wouldn't convict Rittenhouse if sitting on the jury.

People were repulsed by Massie's words, with many correcting him.






Several Twitter users say they wouldn't trust Massie to be a juror on the case.



Rittenhouse faces two murder charges.