Controversial Rep. Lauren Boebert (R. CO) over the weekend said that that despite being offered an internship by several Congressional Republicans after being acquitted last month, Kyle Rittenhouse may have “bigger intentions” than that.

Boebert told former Trump advisor Sebastian Gorka as much on his radio show.

In November, a jury found Rittenhouse not guilty on five charges.  Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and wounded a third during racially charged riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020.

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Rittenhouse has found some level of fame with American conservatives, like Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida, who said he wanted to hire him as an intern. That was even before the verdict.  After the verdict, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona said he would also like to hire Rittenhouse, and that he would arm-wrestle Gaetz for the chance.

Boebert was in a similar arm-wrestling agreement with Rep. Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, as she explained to Gorka:

“I have to tell you, the very first thing that he said was he saw our interview together talking about him interning in my office and how — remember I brought up that it was unfair, Madison Cawthorn wanted to challenge me to an arm wrestling contest over Mr. Rittenhouse, and I said, ‘I’m not going up against those muscles, I will challenge you to a sprint.’”

She concluded that “Kyle mentioned that, and he just loved it,” before describing Rittenhouse as “such a sweetheart.”

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Boebert added:

“You know, he’s gonna come out and visit some of us, but I think he has bigger intentions than being an intern in Congress.”

Rittenhouse was hailed as a “hero to millions” last month at Turning Point USA’s conference, and also visited former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate where Trump referred to him as “a nice young man.”

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President Joe Biden and a large group of Americans were disappointed by the verdict.  Biden noted  the verdict “will leave many Americans feeling angry and concerned, myself included”, but concluded  “must acknowledge that the jury has spoken”.