Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene encouraged her Twitter followers to donate to a fundraiser for Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse

Marjorie Taylor Greene
Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene.
  • Republican Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene tweeted a fundraising link for Kyle Rittenhouse.
  • Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people during a Black Lives Matter protest in August 2020.
  • He has since become a symbol for right-wing gun-rights advocates.

Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene on Saturday tweeted a fundraiser link for Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, encouraging her followers to donate to his legal defense.

Rittenhouse, at 17 years old, was accused of killing two people during a Black Lives Matter protest in August 2020.

On August 25 last year, Rittenhouse, a Trump supporter from Illinois, crossed state lines to get to demonstrations over the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, fired at people at close range, police said, killing two and injuring one. Rittenhouse has since become a symbol for right-wing gun-rights advocates.

"This is where Kyle Rittenhouse's donations should be made so this young man can afford his legal defense when jury selection starts in just a few weeks," Greene wrote in the tweet.

Earlier Friday, the GOP lawmaker asked her followers to "remember" Rittenhouse.

"Democrats seeded chaos and stoked violence in cities all over the country for a year," she wrote on Twitter. "Billions in damage, devastating communities, lawlessness & the media cheered it on. A boy stepped forward when most grown men stayed home."

That post was flagged by Twitter as one "glorifying violence." The tweet, however, is still up because "Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible."

Greene's office did not immediately return a request for comment.

Rittenhouse, now 18, is charged with fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, and being a minor in possession of a dangerous weapon. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. His trial is set for November.

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