Neo-Nazis and other far-right groups are using the Rittenhouse trial for recruitment and will agitate for violence no matter the verdict, experts say.
“We may reach out to him and see if he'd be interested in helping the country in additional ways,” Gaetz said on Wednesday.
In its closing arguments, Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense team blasted the dead victims, calling one a “bad man” and another a “rioter” who “lifted his middle finger to police.”
Wisconsin’s governor has called in 500 members of the National Guard as the contentious trial comes to an end.
At Friday’s hearing, prosecutors filed less-serious charges against Rittenhouse in hopes they can secure a conviction.
The prosecution’s lengthy questioning of the teenager who shot three people, killing two, elicited moments of anger and emotion from the defendant.
“I was never trying to kill the defendant. In that moment, I was trying to preserve my own life.”
Witness Richie McGinnis testified he saw Joseph Rosenbaum reaching for Rittenhouse's rifle just moments before he was shot.
The judge asked the juror, a retired white man, to repeat the joke in court, but the man said he didn’t feel comfortable.
Kyle Rittenhouse had to look away when graphic video showing one of the victims dying after being shot was shown in court.
During open arguments, Rittenhouse's lawyer argued he acted in self-defense when he shot and killed two men during a protest against racial injustice and police brutality.