During an interview on Newsmax, Boebert celebrated the acquittal of Rittenhouse, who went to a police brutality protest in Wisconsin last year armed with an AR-15-style rifle and shot three people, killing two of them.
“Now I do have some colleagues on the Hill who have, just like me, offered Kyle Rittenhouse an internship in their office,” she told host Sebastian Gorka, a former aide to Donald Trump. “And Madison Cawthorn, he said that he would arm wrestle me for this Kyle Rittenhouse internship. But Madison Cawthorn has some pretty big guns, and so I would like to challenge him to a sprint instead.”
“Let’s make this fair,” she added, laughing.
Gorka offered to arm wrestle Cawthorn, who was partially paralyzed in a 2014 car accident, in Boebert’s stead.
“Allow me to arm wrestle him on your behalf. I love a good arm wrestle, and I would be happy ― Madison’s a buddy ― I’d be happy to arm wrestle him on your behalf,” he said.
On Newsmax, Lauren Boebert challenges Madison Cawthorn to a sprint, with the winner getting to have Kyle Rittenhouse as their intern pic.twitter.com/ZLi9mmxlN6
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) November 24, 2021
Her comment stunned some prominent viewers.
“What,” tweeted retiring Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.).
Joe Walsh, a former Republican candidate for president, said a clip of the exchange was “today’s Republican Party in a nutshell.”
“They’re raising money on it, and you have all these Republican congressmen saying come work for me,” said Mark Richards, who represented Rittenhouse in the Kenosha, Wisconsin, homicide trial. “They want to trade on his celebrity, and I think it’s disgusting.”
This article originally appeared on HuffPost and has been updated.